5 Stars Out Of 5
May 27, 2015
I just finished reading The Hope of Heaven: God's Eight Messages of Assurance to a Grieving Father. Wow. I hadn't intended to read it all in one sitting, but couldn't stop myself. The author's voice is sincere and compelling as he relives the shock of discovering his son's body following suicide. The raw pain he shares awoke the grief I'd experienced in losing loved ones years earlier. God reached out to this broken parent during his darkest moments and offered him hope and assurance in deeply personal wayways that fit his specific needs perfectly. The very knowledge of God's caring enough to reach out not once, but eight times in just a few minutes will to carry this man through life until his relationship with his son can be restored in heaven.
Reading Allen Hallene's retelling of God's tenderness brought to mind not only my own losses, but magnified the ways our Lord softened death's blow for me as I grieved. What a gift to be able to look back and remember things in that light. Without his insight I might never have gained that perspective.
Writings centered on suicide are never easy, but Hallene and Marshall have produced a book that turns it on its headuplifting and hope-filled. It will help ease the heartache of anyone grieving because it focuses not on death itself, but on heaven. This book belongs on everyone's bookcase as a reminder of God's loving presence in our time of need.