A Book Every Pastor Should Read

griefI picked up a copy of C.S.Lewis’ A Grief Observed for a quid in a bookshop the other week. It was small (60 pages), cheap, and by C.S.Lewis so worth a look I thought. Turns out to be one of the most useful practical and pastoral resources I’ve read. It is essentially his reflections, written down in his journal, after his wife died of cancer. It’s one of the most real and powerful expressions of grief I’ve come across. He manages to express in words what many people feel – and the effect is sobering. Now, be warned, there’s some heterodox stuff that comes out, but here’s the thing – many of our folk will say heterodox stuff in grief. The question is how are you going to respond when they do – giving them a copy of Grudem might not work! Having done a quick Amazon check you can get this book for as little as a few quid – it’ll certainly repay the investment next time you come alongside a friend struggling with loss. Here’s a couple of lines from the opening page to whet your appetite:

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. . . At other times it feels like being mildly drunk or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me.”

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