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When you follow God in wholehearted obedience, and suddenly your entire world falls apart; when your deepest, most urgent prayers are met with silence – can faith survive?
Alain Emerson felt like the luckiest man in the world. The talented pastor of a thriving church and national director of a prayer movement, he had found and married Lindsay, the girl of his dreams,his soulmate. He could never have imagined that in a matter of months he would be nursing his beautiful twenty-three-year-old wife through the final stages of cancer, and would find himself a young widower, distraught and alone.
In this profound new book from Muddy Pearl, Alain retraces his journey through the stages of grief,pain and shock, choosing to lean into the pain, and to face God with his disappointment. He experiences the bewildering silence of God, the absence of simple answers, and life in the dark tunnel of despair. Finding great comfort from the Psalms and the work of writers who truly understand – Wiesel, Brueggemann, Moltmann – Emerson wrestles with God and with his grief.
Through this, he emerges with a stronger and deeper faith, and a sense of having seen God's face –the one who walks beside us, suffers and weeps with us, and who ultimately restores our joy.
A book for those experiencing grief or disappointment with God, this is a deeply honest insight into journeying through pain with God, even when you can't hear his voice or see his plan, written in away that gives full voice to the pain, and to the loving character of God.
Luminous Dark by Alain Emerson was published by Muddy Pearl in October 2017 and is our 2020th best seller. The ISBN for Luminous Dark is 9781910012451.
Luminous Dark - An Interview With Alain Emerson
Posted: Tuesday, November 21st
'This book is a brilliant, personal and ultimately hopeful journey through grief and beyond. While dealing with death, it is also about the loss, disappointment and suffering we all experience. Alain wrestles with the mystery of woundedness and the painful journey of being transformed by the love of God through suffering. If you don’t want grief to define you forever, read this book.' - PETER LYNAS, Northern Ireland Director, Evangelical Alliance
Luminous Dark is, quite simply, one of the most powerful books I have ever read. I couldn’t put it down. This is a book to be read by all who have experienced suffering and grief – and all who will do so in the future. It brings together the experience of a young man who faces the sudden death of his 23-year-old wife; it is illustrated by his poetic and honest journaling; and it is deeply rooted in theology and modern culture. If you are anything like me, you will probably weep your way through it. Whatever else, don’t miss it! A beautifully written Christian book which should become a classic. - THE RT REVD HAROLD C MILLER, Church of Ireland Bishop of the Diocese of Down & Dromore
'I had the painful privilege of walking with Alain through the valley of the shadow of death. It was hard watching him stare down his grief and vulnerably wrestle with God. As I read Luminous Dark I am thankful that he has told us what he saw down that tough dark road. This is a theologically thoughtful and pastorally powerful resource for us all – a sweet song of catharsis from a shattered soul.' - STEVE STOCKMAN, Minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast; Author of Walk on: The Spiritual Journey of U2
'Through opening up his story, Alain opens up how we see God himself. There is no gloss painted over pain but there is a beautiful melody building throughout. A painfully raw read at times, yet full of honest hope. Having now read it once I want to go back and read it again slowly, because this is a story that shines so much light on God; I need to listen again.' - HELEN WARNOCK, Director of Belfast Bible College
Alain Emerson is Irish National Director of 24-7 Prayer and a lead Pastor at Emmanuel Church, a thriving young church in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Alain has a passion to see God do a ‘new thing’ in Ireland. He is married to Rachel and they have two daughters, Annie and Erin. Alain is a former Irish league footballer who now enjoys watching sport rather than playing it, especially the mighty Liverpool! He enjoys hanging out with friends, reading and helping his wife run a dental practice.
|Author / Artist||Alain Emerson|
|Publisher||Muddy Pearl (October 2017)|
|Number of Pages||224|
|Page last updated||27th March 2018|