A Liturgy of Grief Paperback

A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations

by Leslie C Allen;

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A Liturgy of Grief

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  • Looking for a way to grasp the book of Lamentations?
  • This commentary mixes pastoral insights with Biblical insights
  • You'll find the words to dwell upon in times of grief
"An effective and illuminating treatment of the text. . . . Allen's book makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of Lamentations as a resource for contemporary pastoral care contexts."--Elizabeth Boase, Review of Biblical Literature

In Lamentations, we read of the unbearable grief experienced by a group of believers. Leslie Allen suggests the book can be read as the script of a liturgy performed to help the people of God come to terms with the fall of Jerusalem and the national catastrophe it entailed. It reveals God's sometimes hidden support for those who grieve and for their caregivers.

In this unique commentary on Lamentations, respected Old Testament scholar and volunteer hospital chaplain Leslie Allen appropriates this oft-neglected book of the Bible to deal with a universal issue. Incorporating stories of pastoral encounters with hospital patients, Allen integrates Scripture and pastoral care to present a biblical model for helping those coping with grief. The book includes a foreword by Nicholas Wolterstorff.

A Liturgy of Grief by Leslie C Allen was published by Baker in September 2011 and is our 29444th best seller. The ISBN for A Liturgy of Grief is 9780801039607.

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Foreword by Nicholas Wolterstorff
First Poem: Grief, Guilt, and the Need for Prayer
Human Losses (1:1-6)
Material Losses (1:7-11)
Zion's Cry of Culpability (1:12-16)
Comments on Zion's Cries (1:17)
Zion's Confession and Prayer of Grievance (1:18-22)
Second Poem: Grief, Guilt, and the Need for Prayer
God's Awesome Anger at Work (2:1-5)
God's Systematic Destruction of Zion (2:6-10)
A Sea of Troubles (2:11-17)
A Call to Zion to Pray and Zion's Prayer (2:18-22)
Third Poem: The Wounded Healer
His Testimony of Guilty Wounds (3:1-16)
His Second Thoughts (3:17-24)
The Wounded Healer's Sermon (3:25-39)
His Call to the Congregation to Pray (3:40-51)
His Testimony of Prayers of Appeal and Grievance (3:52-66)
Fourth Poem: Grief and Guilt Prolonged--and to Be Reversed
The Cheapening of Human Life (4:1-6)
More Horrors of the Siege (4:7-11)
How One Guilty Group Suffered (4:12-16)
Despair--and Eventual Hope (4:17-22)
Fifth Poem: The Congregation's Prayer as Turning Point
Present Distress and Confession (5:1-7)
Humiliation, Sorrow, and Confession (5:8-16)
Challenging Cries for Help (5:17-22)


"[Allen] gives us a full and rich commentary on the whole book of Lamentations, illuminating both its structure and content. And he brings to his commentary an understanding of grief that was already deeply informed both by the contemporary literature on grief, all of which he seems to have read, and by his own activities as a hospital chaplain. . . . A Liturgy of Grief is at one and the same time an important contribution to our understanding of and dealing with grief and an important contribution to our understanding of one of the supreme pieces of literature in the OT. Take and savor!"--Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University and University of Virginia; author, Lament for a Son (from the foreword)
"Realism. This is the desperate need for a church that has forgotten how to lament. Committed to celebration, it has few tools to articulate excruciating grief at a loss, to confess sin and accept divine judgment, or to express frustration with God in times of trouble. In the expert hands of Leslie Allen, Lamentations becomes a companion through the labyrinth that is the difficult, and sometimes sorrowful, pilgrimage of faith on the way to hope. We need this book."--M. Daniel Carroll R., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary
 "Allen combines his considerable skill as a biblical interpreter with his extensive experience as a hospital chaplain to explore the book of Lamentations for its profound resources for ministering to those who suffer grief. The result is an illuminating and compelling study that will help people who are in the throes of grief as well as those who support them."--Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
 "Leslie Allen is no stranger to tears. He is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible whose exegesis is thoroughly tested week after week as he goes walking in hospital halls as a chaplain with a listening heart. His responses to grief well up from the empathic soul of a wounded healer who can point the way to the discovery of a holy hope. This is a book for the caregiver who loves thoughtful scholarship and for the scholar who, in loving people, has a heart for caregiving."--David Augsburger, professor of pastoral care and counseling, Fuller Theological Seminary

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Book FormatPaperback
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PublisherBaker (September 2011)
Additional InformationContains Paperback / softback
Number of Pages208
Thickness15 mm
Height213 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code3978222
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