Two Books on Grief: A review
This fall I read two books on grieving and dealing with loss and adversity. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant shares the story of Sheryl’s walking through the loss of her husband, dealing with awkward social moments and being overcome by feelings of grief and inadequacy. Sandberg uses her own story as a part of narrative research conducted by Grant. The book addresses loss from a variety of religious and lifestyle perspectives, and is not a uniquely Christian book. People from all walks of life share how they have found the ability to continue in the face of adversity. While the book holds practical value for helping people to navigate their own grief and the grief of those close to them, it lacks a deeply Christian theology grounded in Scripture. Sandberg and Grant encourage readers that many great achievements have been accomplished in the face of personal tragedy. The authors discuss how essential it is to forgive in order to find joy in adversity.
In contrast, Nancy Guthrie also writes a book that helps the grieving individual stay focused on Christ in the midst of deeply painful experiences. Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow by Nancy Guthrie examines 11 comments of Jesus to hurting people. The basic plea of the author is this: Listen, really listen, to the words that Jesus is saying in scripture, and allow Him to speak into the deepest places of pain and grief. Nancy addresses many of the theological questions that arise from believing in God’s sovereignty. Jesus gives us purpose in our pain, and he knows what we need most. I highly recommend this book by Guthrie.
by Heather Soukup, Director of Women’s Ministries