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It is not uncommon to hear of people who have lost their faith as a result of suffering. At some point in our lives, we all walk through some measure of suffering-perhaps you're walking through a painful time right now. You may be wondering "Where is God in all of this?" or "Why does he feel so far away?" Or maybe there are no words at all.
With sensitivity and compassion, Simon Stocks' Songs for Suffering leads readers through the Psalms in times of difficulty and despair. The Psalms are the ideal resource to keep someone in contact with God through such times of difficulty. They take pain and trouble seriously, and afford dignity to the sufferer by expressing what we feel in these times. The Psalms even allow negative responses toward God to be voiced in a safe context and take seriously God's capacity for redemption. In the Psalms, evil and its agents are real, and this allows a measured and God-centered response to those who cause suffering.
By following this model and pattern of prayer-which has been the bedrock of Christian prayer for over two thousand years—you will be able to pray during all seasons of suffering and address difficult issues of faith such as despair, failure, tragedy, and fear.
|Title: Songs for Suffering: Praying the Psalms in Time of Trouble|
By: Simon P. Stocks
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 7 X 4.5 (inches)|
Weight: 6 ounces
Stock No: WW708808
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After a career in civil engineering, Simon P. Stocks trained for ministry in the Church of England at Trinity College Bristol. His doctoral thesis analyzed aspects of poetic structure in the Psalms: The Form and Function of the Tricolon in the Psalms of Ascents. Simon joined the South East Institute for Theological Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2011 to teach biblical studies and oversee the development of Lay Training Pathways. Simon lives in Purley, South London, where he serves as assistant priest at Christ Church, Purley.
"This book explores both our human experience and the prayer book of Jesus. Read it, make the Psalms your own, and find words for when there are no words."
—Rt. Rev. Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, Church of England
"Songs for Suffering fills a gap for a Christian culture so used to praising God for his blessings as its default mode that it has little to say when life takes a wrong turn. Writing with a simplicity that interprets profundity, this teacher-pastor brings out the contemporary relevance of the biblical psalms of lament."
—Leslie C. Allen, Senior Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary