Comfort Ye: Finding Light in Times of Darkness

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September 11. Hurricane Katrina. Depression. Apartheid. Betrayal. Suicide. How do we make sense out of devastating loss or injury? Where can we find support? How can we forgive those responsible? Why does God allow it?

Seeking to shed a glimpse of light onto the perplexing, painful, wrenching questions we are often left to ponder, this collection offers a kaleidoscope of stories, insights, ruminations, and expressions of faith from Rowan Williams, Desmond Tutu, and thirteen others.

Addressing these tough questions head-on, each author shares testimony of how their Christian faith has transformed their ability to grow beyond pain without discounting or forgetting it. Again and again they show how love, relationships, and faith have proven a welcome comfort where answers will not suffice.

Contributors include David J. Bena, Thomas L. Ehrich, Kathryn Greene-McCreight, Robert Horine, Lee Krug, Carol McCrae, Edward J. Mills III, Gregory A. Russell, Frederick W. Schmidt, Richard H. Schmidt, John J. Thatamanil, Desmond Tutu, Francis H. Wade, Rowan Williams, and Mary Wilson.

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After the 9/11 attacks, the Forward Movement of the Episcopal Church rushed into publication a collection of short reflections on the questions suffering raises for Christian life. After Hurricane Katrina, the agency considered a similar response, but instead opted to collect somewhat longer reflections that treat suffering caused by terrorists and natural disasters alongside more quotidian and personal calamities. The result is a volume you can still slide between fingers balled up with grief; the reflections are short enough to bite off easily, but meaty enough to chew on at length. The strongest essays are the most personal: a Vietnam vet remembers receiving news of his baby daughter's deadly illness in between combat runs, when he wondered if he was being judged for killing people. A priest reflects on the suicide of a young parishioner that left him speechless and almost pastorally helpless—and, thankfully, bereft of platitudes. Yet he is thanked profusely by the family for "saying" so much by his mere presence. The more abstract and timeless reflections on the nature of suffering without specific names and faces begin to bore. Yet a distinguished set of authors (Archbishops Desmond Tutu and Rowan Williams) add heft, while some essays by lesser-known authors brim with wisdom. (June)
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