1. Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament
    Mark Vroegop
    Crossway / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Tammy
    Crestwood, KY
    Age: 45-54
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    Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament
    March 24, 2020
    Tammy
    Crestwood, KY
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    A dear friend who is battling cancer felt called to "lament" during Lent as part of a seminary project. She told a few friends in our weekly prayer group about Mark Vroegop's book. I read it cover to cover, learning new things about lament on almost every page. Our God wants us to honestly cry out to him about our concerns, heartaches, troubles ... our angst that has no words. It is through the valley of lament that we are able to find hope again. God wants to use our times of trouble in amazing ways if we will but learn the grace-filled lessons of lament.
  2. Pastor D
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament
    July 10, 2019
    Pastor D
    I found the book very helpful and insightful. My wife and I have lost two children and the book is written by a fellow bereaved parent and so his experiences are familiar to us. I also gave the book to a recent widow who was greatly helped. When she tried to return it to me, I told her she could keep it an she was so grateful for she thought it would be very helpful to read it again. I would endorse this book as a helpful resource for the grieving and for pastors to give those who have experienced loss.
  3. contemplativereflections
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    Book Review: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy
    April 1, 2019
    contemplativereflections
    In "Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy," Mark Vroegop invites readers to learn how lament can be a pathway to God's grace in the midst of life's troubles. The author argues that lament is hardly discussed in Christian circles but this valuable tool can be vital to our spiritual growth if we use it wisely. Using laments found in the Bible along with his personal and ministry experience, Vroegop provides a roadmap of how lament can be redemptive and transforming. In the first part, the author explains how lament consists of four actions: turning to God, bringing your complaints to God, asking God boldly to intervene, and choosing to trust God. In illustrating how these four steps work, Vroegop analyzes each aspect through four different laments from the Psalter. In the second part, the author moves on to explain how we can learn from lament by focusing on four key lessons that can be drawn by viewing the entire book of Lamentations as one grand lament. The first lesson we learn is that sorrows are directly or indirectly the product of fallen creation tarnished by sin. When we lament, we are groaning with creation the tragic effects of the Fall and yearn for God to make things right. The second lesson is that hope is available because of what we know is true about God as found in the Bible. When the ground is shaky and despair grips our hearts, we find assurance in the one true God whose steadfast love never ceases. Moreover, the third lesson we learn from lament is how much we treasure our idols. Spiritual idolatry comes in a myriad of different forms, but tragedy often exposes how useless and fleeting are the pursuit of pleasures without God. The final lesson in Lamentations is finding grace in God alone as we pray for restoration and renewal in difficult circumstances. Lament points us to the gospel message of hope and victory in Christ as the One who took on our sins and made us right with God through His work on the cross. The third and final part of the book offers practical applications for how the language of lament can be rehearsed both personally and corporately. As a whole, the book is fairly practical as each chapter ends with reflection questions along with four appendixes that provide more material for the reader to engage lament in a biblical way.

    I greatly recommend this book to all Christians as the language of lament is woefully absent in our vocabulary. Many of us are all too eager to nervously change the subject or offer shallow advice to sufferers around us so that any trace of sorrow is quickly dispelled. On the contrary, Vroegop suggests that lament can be a means of grace to guide us through the dark clouds that never seem to lift. In fact, the author points out that lament is useful even in the daily disappointments and challenges we face. When lament becomes part of the regular rhythm of our spiritual lives, we grow in maturity as we learn to adopt an eternal perspective to interpret unfavourable circumstances. Instead of allowing fear, anger, and worry to dominate our lives, our laments bring us to our Father whose love and mercy never ends. Moreover, our laments are testimonies of our hope in Jesus who showed His love for us by living through our difficulties and ultimately giving His life for our sake. Lament is not hopeless sorrow of what is wrong with life but hopeful proclamation of how God will one day make all grief, sorrow, and pain disappear when He returns to bring us home.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a review copy of this book from Crossway.
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