Written in Tears  -     By: Luke Veldt
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Written in Tears

Discovery House / 2010 / Paperback

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When Veldt's 13-year-old daughter died in 2006, he was plagued by doubt. Is there a God? Is what I've always believed true? Turning to Psalm 103, he found peace. Join him on a poignant journey as he discovers that seasons of sorrow can teach us more about God's love and compassion than times of joy.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Discovery House
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1572933828
ISBN-13: 9781572933828

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Publisher's Description

When Luke Veldt’s thirteen-year-old daughter died suddenly in 2006, he questioned the faith he had known from childhood: "Is it all true? Is there a God? Is my daughter with Him?" Despite his doubts, Luke turned to the Bible for answers to his questions and comfort for his grief. In Psalm 103, which he read every day for a year, Luke discovered a kindred spirit in King David, who knew what it was like to be in the pit. Luke also discovered that he was learning more about God in his sorrow than he ever had in times of joy.

Author Bio

Luke Veldt is a church-planting missionary who served in Romania for ten years and then in Pamplona, Spain, for four.  He and his wife, Jodi, have six children.

Editorial Reviews

"Luke Veldt's book is unique. It is the honest expression of his grief and doubts with nothing watered down or hidden in euphemisms. This experience is not presented in a 'preachy' manner but as a pilgrim discovering the adequacy of God's grace. Many books written by mourners for other mourners are often too sentimental, too sermonic, or too idealistic. Luke has avoided these extremes and kept a balanced approach."

Reading this book is a tearful experience.  The author maintains a balance among three things--his own story of suffering and grace, an illumination of the Bible's teaching on suffering and its conquest, and the stories of fellow sufferers whom God sent on the same journey of suffering that the Veldt family experienced.  In its own way the book is a triumph of research and scholarship.  The book does a masterful job of chronicling the author's grief and recovery, and it can serve as a guide to anyone undergoing a similar experience.  Beyond that, the narrative thread in the book provides a captivating story for any reader.

Leland Ryken, Co-editor of The ESV Literary Study Bible


This book is every bit as sensitive and insightful as C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed.  However, it gives you the added enrichment of the author’s record of his pilgrimage in Psalm 103 as he and his family walked through the valley together.  I have read scores of books on comforting the bereaved, and this one is outstanding.  If you are grieving or seeking to comfort someone who is, join the Veldt family and discover what God and His Word can do for the broken-hearted.  Jesus came to ‘comfort all who mourn’ (Isa. 61:2), and as you read these pages, you will better understand how He does it.  Every pastor and care-giver must read this book!

Warren W. Wiersbe, Co-author of Ministering to the Mourning

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    Loss of a Child
    October 31, 2010
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cannot imagine the grief a parent must feel when losing a child. In Written in Tears, Luke Veldt shares honest and genuine feelings that he had after the death of his 13 year old daughter, Allison. Allison died due to a brain hemorrhage, so the family experienced many mixed feeling as to the reasons for her death. The author found comfort in reading Psalm 103 daily for the first year after his daughter's death. He shares his new found lessons from these words of David. He doesn't claim to have all the answers or the words of comfort to be used at these times, but he share his sincere feelings as he continues on his life journey. The author himself is a missionary living with his family in Spain. This experience cause him to reevaluate his beliefs about God when these things happen in our lives. The experience drew him closer to God and he shares his revelations with you in this book. Never having had the experience of losing a child, I cannot comment as to whether this book may be helpful to those who have, however I can say that Luke Veldt is very open with his thoughts and feelings and I appreciate his honesty in telling his story.

    I received this free book for review from Discovery House Publishers. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. The opinions of this review are strictly my own and not influenced in any way.
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