Book Recommendation…for the pastor’s ministry

As the smoke clears after the massive loss our church has experienced this past week, I am beginning to assess some helpful materials for the benefit of our grieving young widow and congregation.  This book by J.I. Packer, A Grief Sanctified is at the top of the list.  Included in this book is an edited version of Richard Baxter’s moving tribute to his wife whom he lost after only 19 years of marriage.  Baxter is typically known for his insightful writings about pastoral ministry like, The Reformed Pastor, but fewer realize the faithfulness of this man as a husband.  After reading Baxter’s account of his beloved wife with additional insights from Packer himself, any Christian who has experienced such life altering loss will learn how to better grieve with hope. 

You can find it on sale here.

Any other suggestions for those grieving a sudden loss?

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4 comments on “Book Recommendation…for the pastor’s ministry
  1. Chris Poteet says:

    Thomas Boston’s: The Crook in the Lot

  2. Ryan Bebee says:

    Brother, what a joy it is to have a healthy church around you while you are grieving. I am sure this book is good, and I will probably pick it up, but the saints of Auburndale have been used of the Lord for mutual comfort and hope far beyond anything else this side of heaven (except my wife!). Thanks for the recommendation, and for pastoring our church.

  3. Greetings, Brian. It is good to hear that the Lord has been holding up both you and those you serve.

    Other books on grieving that spring to mind are Behind a Frowning Providence by John Murray (Banner of Truth); Grieving, Hope and Solace by Al Martin (Cruciform Press); Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Eerdmans); From Grief to Glory by James Bruce (Banner of Truth); and, John Flavel’s Token for Mourners in volume five of his Works (republished by the Banner of Truth as Facing Grief). Other works include Richard Baxter’s Cure of Melancholy and Overmuch Sorrow in volume three of Puritan Sermons and a funeral sermon preached by Thomas Manton (in volume two of his Works). It would be remiss of me not to mention my father Austin Walker’s God’s Care for the Widow (DayOne).

    Several of these are born of the particular experience of losing a loved one, often a family and/or church member. I have also found that faithful treatments of the sovereignty and providential government of God have been a comfort to my soul in such trials.

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