Walking the way of grace in the midst of our grief
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It is a parent’s greatest fear, and it happened to Ben and Ann Witherington in January 2012. Their daughter, Christy—whom by God’s grace they brought into this world and raised into mature adulthood, bearing her burdens and rejoicing in her triumphs—suddenly died at age 32.
What does one do in the face of an unbearable sadness? What Ben and Ann did is this, as Ben put it: “I was determined from day one after Christy’s death to be open to whatever positive thing there might be to glean from this. I cling by my fingernails to the promise of Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for good for those who love him.” And so immediately—within days of Christy’s death—Ben began blogging about his grief and his theology of grief. The response was overwhelming. Parents who suffered tragedy and those who had not agreed: here were keen, realistic, personal, and Christ-centered reflections on grief.
For this eBook, Ben and Ann have added personal reminiscences about Christy and more theological reflections. It is a remarkable account of one couple’s grappling with love, life, God, and grief in the immediate aftermath of their daughter’s death—both a journal of grief and a testimony of hope in the face of life’s deepest heartaches.
Table of Contents
Prologue: When a Daughter Dies
Chapter 1: Was This God’s Will?
Chapter 2: “Comforting” Words that Are Simply Not True
Chapter 3: What Good Grief Looks Like
Chapter 4: Why Does Death Continually Surprise Us? (Graduation)
Chapter 5: The Paradise Paradox
Chapter 6: Hypersensitive Grief
Chapter 7: Post-Mortem Prayer
Chapter 8: The Way of Grace
Chapter 9: “Death Be Not Proud”
Epilogue: The Presence of an Absence
Appendix 1: Eulogy for Christy Ann Witherington
Appendix 2: Scholarship Fund
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