Jonathan, You Left Too Soon

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A classic in-depth, extremely honest first person account of grief from the loss of a child. First published in 1981, this book will help those dealing with a similar loss or those who wish to better understand and help family or friends who may be struggling with such a loss.

In his foreword, Charles Swindoll wrote, "Stunned yet courageous, this pastor recorded his feelings, his questions, his guilt, his struggles, and even his bitterness. As you read his words, you will nod ...

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Overview

A classic in-depth, extremely honest first person account of grief from the loss of a child. First published in 1981, this book will help those dealing with a similar loss or those who wish to better understand and help family or friends who may be struggling with such a loss.

In his foreword, Charles Swindoll wrote, "Stunned yet courageous, this pastor recorded his feelings, his questions, his guilt, his struggles, and even his bitterness. As you read his words, you will nod with understanding and weep with compassion. Your heart will beat heavily as you identify with his profound sends of loss ... Not since Joe Bayly's A view from the Hearse have I found myself more in agreement. To this author, grief is real; it dare not be denied or ignored. Yes, its wounds must be handled with care and given time to heal. Preserving us from pious platitudes and empty clichés, David Biebel says it straight and he says it well. Best of all, he doesn't attempt to answer all the whys. Old Joseph Parker [who said that there is a broken heart in every pew] would have appreciated David's style and content. I certainly do. So will you."

This is an intensely personal story of how one man, as a father and minister, came to terms with his bereavement and experienced a more mature realization of his faith. Both touching and inspiring, Jonathan: You Left Too Soon offers strength and reassurance to those who hurt, encouraging them on their journey through brokenness toward a greater sense of wholeness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939267757
  • Publisher: Healthy Life Press
  • Publication date: 12/27/2013
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
David B. Biebel, DMin, is a minister, editor, health educator, and author or coauthor of eighteen other books including the CBA Gold Medallion award winning "New Light on Depression" and several others that have received special recognition including "If God is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad?" and "Simple Health." His most recent series of health-related books includes "52 Ways to Feel Great Today." He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Personal Wholeness, with distinction, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

From the author:
You know, it seems like yesterday, yet it seems like forever, since Jonathan died in 1978. God, I miss him, still. He was three. I was thirty, then. Now I'm more than twice that. If I live to be ninety, I'll still say the same. God, I miss him, still.
I miss his laughter.
I miss his beautiful face.
I miss his hugs and his love.
Everything about him, I miss more than I can say.
The last time I visited his grave, I told him that it wouldn't be long ... until we are together, again, forever.
That is ... of course, if God and His Word can be trusted.
If not, it's all been one long chasing after the wind and an exercise in ultimate futility, as the writer of Ecclesiastes might say.
What it comes down to, essentially, is: Either there is a God or there isn't. If there isn't, then we might as well stop this sentence mid-sentence, because all you are and have really is just "dust in the wind."
But if there is a God, then everything will fall into place someday, in His way.

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