Today’s post is a guest blog by Dr. Bob Kellemen. Bob is an experienced counselor, instructor, and author. He is the Academic Dean at Faith Bible Seminary, and was the founding Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Today he is sharing about his new book, part of a larger counseling devotional series published by P&R. Bob’s volume deals with grief and I commend it to you. Enjoy Bob’s blog here and check out his many other works.
Why I Wrote Grief: Walking with Jesus
I’m excited to announce that in six weeks, on September 28, 2018, P & R Publishing will release my newest book (book 16): Grief: Walking with Jesus
Why a Second Book on Grief?
In a moment, I’ll answer the question, “Why did I write this book?” But first, a preliminary question: “Why a second book on grief, Bob? You’ve already written God’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting.”
That’s a good question, especially since God’s Healing for Life’s Losses is one of my favorite books that I’ve written and my best-selling book. That book and Grief: Walking with Jesus complement each other.
In our suffering, Satan tempts us to doubt God’s good heart. If we fall for his trap, then we end up moving away from God when we most need to be clinging to Christ. The central message of God’s Healing for Life’s Losses is to encourage us to face God face-to-face in our grief.
When we do turn face-to-face with God in our grief and suffering, now what? What does it look like to walk with Christ while we’re grieving? Grief: Walking with Jesus seeks to paint 31 biblical portraits in answer to that question.
Why This Book? Grief: Walking with Jesus
Well, first, because I was asked to join the new P & R Publishing series of thirty-one-day devotional booklets. Second, when they shared several optional topics, I jumped at the chance to write further about grief. Third, as I pondered a “new take” on this topic that would build on God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, I was personally drawn to a study of the life of Christ—with a focus on Jesus and grief.
So, I grabbed several books from my personal library on the life of Christ and walked through His life chronologically. I identified over 60 narratives from Christ’s life that clearly related to grief, loss, and suffering. From those, I narrowed my writing down to 31 biblical narratives that depict how Jesus Himself handled grief.
So, Grief: Walking with Jesus, is a thirty-one-day devotional booklet guiding readers on a journey through the gospels. Page-by-page and day-by-day, we walk with Jesus as He models how to cling to the Father as He faces suffering, loss, grief, and death.
Jesus is a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, and He is our sympathetic High Priest. So, He not only models godly grieving, Jesus also grieves with us—with you. Grief: Walking with Jesus is ideal for the person who wants to grow closer to Christ while facing life’s most excruciating losses.
Joni Eareckson Tada, who knows what it is to face loss face-to-face with Jesus, captures well my focus in Grief: Walking with Jesus:
“When you lose someone or something precious—like when I lost the use of my hands and legs in an accident—grief can become suffocating. You long for a friend to help connect God’s Word with your overwhelming feelings of loss. Bob Kellemen is that friend, skillfully helping the reader rise above their anguish in his remarkable new book, Grief: Walking with Jesus. As one who understands loss, I highly recommend it!”—Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder/CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center
How You Can Learn More about Grief: Walking with Jesus
You can visit my RPM Ministries Writing Page to learn more about Grief: Walking with Jesus.
You can go here to read the Introduction: Man of Sorrows.
You can read endorsements for Grief: Walking with Jesus here.
And, you can buy an autographed copy of Grief: Walking with Jesus on sale at 20% off for just $7.99 at the secure and easy-to-use RPM Bookstore.