Hurting With God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms
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Giving new hope to the weary, this book brings together scholarship and personal experience to understand the necessity of lament language through the exploration of the Psalms.

Many writers have considered the question, ''Why do bad things happen to good people?'' Pemberton, however, sets this philosophical issue aside to consider the practical. How do believers live out faith in prolonged seasons of pain and loss? How can we live with God when it hurts - and continues to hurt?

Drawing from his own daily struggle with chronic pain and years of reading and teaching the Psalms, Pemberton leads readers on a quest to recover a lost ancient resource for people of faith--the language of lament. The book of Psalms brings out the reality and presence of lament in ancient days, indeed laments make up a third of the Psalter. Through the exploration and study of imagery and language, Pemberton revitalizes this forgotten tool to rejuvenate those who seek to connect with God in times of struggle.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: ACU Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0891124004
ISBN-13: 9780891124009

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Giving new hope to the weary, this book brings together scholarship and personal experience to understand the necessity of lament language through the exploration of the Psalms.

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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    restoring the language of lament in the church
    June 23, 2012
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
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    We all suffer and sometimes it doesn't get better. Where there seems to be no end to the pain and loss, how do we express ourselves to God? Pemberton wants to help us live as people of faith, live with God, in less than ideal circumstances.

    He believes the time has come to hear and restore the biblical language of lament. Christians are ready for the words to express their pain. "God invites his people to speak the truth of their lives, their pain and their confusion to the One who can do something about it." (33)

    He investigates the concept of lament in the Old Testament, especially the Psalms. He also reviews the near extinction of lament in our modern hymns and songs.

    There is a close look at lament, its tone and content. The problems that led the psalmists to lament are uncovered. The psalmists' authentic thanksgiving is noted. The psalmists end in gratitude, even in the midst of their circumstances.

    Pemberton concludes that somewhere along the way the church has lost its way regarding lament. He ends his book with possible steps in the right direction, recovering the practice of lament. Ways are considered for individuals and churches to implement the practice.

    I was struck by how honest the language is in the psalms. There is no attempt to deny the hardship. I was surprised to find that the largest group of psalms are lament (40%). I was also surprised to find that the language of lament is structured and controlled. Following the contours of lament provides a way to fully express what we were already thinking. Pemberton knows what he is writing about. He has experienced lengthy chronic pain. He writes with his own experience of expressing his his thoughts to God, in whom he has faith.

    Pemberton has designed this book for personal reading and for group use (discussion questions are in an Appendix). The work may be a little to academic in style for some. I do think pastors would gain a great deal by reading this book and incorporating lament into the practice of their church.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from ACU Press for the purpose of this review.
  2. 1kyteacher
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Proof it is ok to go to God when we ache
    June 4, 2012
    1kyteacher
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Throughout our lives, we often wonder why things happen, why we have to go through certain seasons. Many authors focus on the whys, but Glenn Pemberton does something a bit different.

    In his book, Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms, Pemberton wants to demonstrate how we live and relate to God during life's less than ideal circumstances. He does this by showing that the Psalms do not cover up or deny the hardships of life. Throughout the book, the author defines lament, explores the connection between the Psalm and Protestant Hymnals, and uses the Psalms to support the fact that people of faith can and should lament.

    This book is ideal for those who want to be able to help others (or themselves) live through the storms in life. It is a great reference to using the Psalms when believers struggle.

    I received a free copy of this book from Abilene Christian University Press for the purpose of an honest review.
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