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A Sacred Sorrow
Title : A Sacred Sorrow
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ISBN : 9781576836675
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 205

God desires for us to pour out our hearts to Him, whether in joy or pain. But many of us don't feel right expressing our anger, frustration, and sadness in prayer.From Job to David to Christ, men and women of the Bible understood the importance of pouring one's heart out to the Father. Examine their stories and expand your definition of worship.


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A Sacred Sorrow Reviews

  • NebraskaIcebergs

    Why is this happening, God?” “How long will you wait to intervene, Lord?” “Where are you?” According to A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card, all of these are questions that were posed at some point by Biblical heroes. Having experienced a lot of sadness over the past few years, along with hearing of tragedy and even evil repeatedly in the news, this book has personal significance to me.In the first few chapters, Card defines lament and discusses its place in the Christian’s life. Card ta [...]

  • Josh

    I come to this book as a biased reader. Michael Card has been my favorite song writer and a key influence on my spiritual life for many years. In addition, the topic of lament is one I am already sympathetic to and leaning towards. On the whole, I think this book was very helpful. The main argument is that we need to learn how to lament as a way to give expression to grief, sorrow, and sadness before the Lord, rather than letting those experiences become something we cannot bring to God as worsh [...]

  • Jessica

    Michael Card's music was among the Christian music I listened to while growing up (prior to college when I became a music major and my musical world expanded). In this book, he discusses that many modern American Christians don't understand lament (grieving over sin, suffering etc), something he thinks should be a significant part of our concept of worship. So he goes into the Biblical characters of Job, David, Jeremiah and Jesus, and talks about how the lives of each can contribute things to ou [...]

  • Butch

    I found this to be a helpful study of lamentation through the Scriptures, especially in the lives of Job, David, Jeremiah and Jesus. Though Card gets a bit too mystical for me at times, he has strong Scriptural support for his thesis that in the Western church we have taught people that it's not OK to have sorrow. We teach our children not to cry and they never get over it. By tracing the lamentations of four key figures in Scripture he shows the value of laying your sorrows at the throne of God [...]

  • Joyce Oliver stahle

    Excellent.Very well written and his points are well supported and backed up.We certainly have lost a virtual experience in our walk with Christ. We need to lament, by lamenting it draws ever closer and draws us into worship.

  • William T. Brittain

    A Comforting Reminder of God's covenant faithfulness and loveAfter many years in Christ I have recently understood the hesed of our God. It is too much to take in.

  • Margo Berendsen

    This book addresses some tough issues very well. The foreword describes the problem: after breaking down and sobbing at the funeral of his mother, a pastor finishes his benediction and goes to a side room to finish crying. "My twenty-two year old daughter slipped in beside me. We sat together, quiet and weeping our own sacred sorrow. And then a man I'd never seen before entered and sat down. He put his arm across my shoulder and spoke some preacherish cliches in a preacherish tone. Then, mercifu [...]

  • Jason Kanz

    A few weeks ago at the School of Spiritual Direction, a new friend of mine was reading this book by Michael Card--A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament (2005). He spoke highly of this book. In fact, the morning that we led worship was focused on lament and was driven in part by his readings in this book. I was intrigued to say the least. I had previously read Fragile Stone by Michael Card which was about the emotional life of Peter. Between that book and his music, [...]

  • Peter Holford

    Great to see this fresh approach to worship from the accomplished singer-songwriter and scholar, Michael Card. In stark contrast to the happy-clappy, smile-or-die approach to worship we hear so much about, Card argues that lament, grief and sorrow are not only legitimate, but (at times) vital aspects of our relationship with God. He supports this ably with strong and close biblical reference to the lives of Job, David, Jeremiah and Jesus. He also explains the ancient practice of Lectio Divina in [...]

  • Karen

    In this book, Michael Card walks us through the concept of Biblical lament, which he notes is evident throughout the scriptures, yet remarkably absent in the American church today. Card encourages us to pursue Biblical lament as a means of entering into a deeper, more honest relationship with God. I appreciated that the book was somewhat instructive, but did not give a cookie cutter approach. Card examines the lives of Job, David, Jeremiah and Christ, highlighting how lament brought them, and ca [...]

  • Vivian

    I was waiting to get on stage to sing with the choir accompanying Michael Card. Philip Meyer recommended this book to me saying he was planning to translate this book into French as he loved it so much. The theme of sorrow and lamenting is sadly something I know about so I bought the book and continued to chat with Philip about the topic of sorrow. Michael Card walks into the room and we continue the conversation together. I then asked Michael to autography my book. I look forward to hearing wha [...]

  • Amy

    Good book, though in my opinion, not my favorite. I started reading it when my dad died, but it was hard getting though (obviously, as my dad died 5 years ago). I own six of Michael's books and love his way with words, both as a song writer and an author. I think I just grieve differently than with a lament. That may be part of my failure to really connect. He had very profound truth, but his others seem to connect more with me.

  • Todd Miles

    Michael Card is one of my favorite musicians. He is also one of my favorite Christian writers. He uniquely combines the imagination of an artist with the precision of a theologian. The result is powerful. In this book, Card takes on the poetic subgenre of lament, looking at the lives of the writers and their relentless faith.

  • Heather

    I have read better books on grief, and expected more depth from Card than this book delivered (in my opinion). For example - "When God Weeps" by Joni Earickson Tada/Steve Estes and "How Long, O Lord?" by D.A. Carson give a deeper, richer theology of biblical grief and sorrow and along with it, hope.

  • Joy Matteson

    A wonderful book on the topic of lament. Anyone who reads this will likely get a sense that most churches do not know how to have a place to mourn as a local community of believers. Michael Card has written a beautiful book on the topic of lament and sorrow that is very accessible to readers of all ages. Recommended!

  • Ben Palm

    This book caught me by surprise. The depth of insight, the powerful portrayal of an ever-pursuing, ever-gracious God, and the honest description of what lament should be and how our church should handle it - all of this made this book one of the most powerful I have read in a long time, and I've read 40 books this year! You should read it!

  • Luke Olson

    Great book, that takes a look into what biblical lament looks like. A helpful book, that put clarification and light on depression, sorrow, and grief, which often just feels like a muddled mess of depression. Dr. Card was helpful in his way of showing how sorrow can bring us closer to God, not farther.

  • Lauren

    For a book about something as emotional and spirit driven as lament, the subject matter was handled in a way that was more cerebral than I would have preferred. Some fantastic scriptural insights but very little in the way of practical application.

  • Lynn

    Michael Card looks at lamenting as a form of worship. It was interesting to think of it from a different perspective. . It took me a long time to finish the book because I stopped and read the parts of the Bible that pertained to what he was writing about. A good study.

  • Rich

    Very good reflection on a missing component in the Christian life, sorrow. Card addresses several aspects of lament and the role in the Bible as well as in the life of the Christian. Worthwhile for every Christian to read and ponder.

  • Brian

    This is one of the most "devotional" of book I have recently read in regard to Lament / Psalms of Lament. In fact, I think there is a small-group guide also available. Card dives into several forms of lament in Scripture, including David, Job, & Jeremiah.

  • Karen Strumlak

    I found Michael Card when listening to his music on cable Christian music. I was surprised to find he was also an author. I got this book out of the library and wish I had my own copy. I read it daily as inspiration and lamenting became part of my life and learning. A truly remarkable book.

  • BespectacledBookGirl

    If you stripped out all the touchy-feely fluff, there would be a solid and rich theological pamphlet on lament in here. It's in there, if you can hold your breath and squirm uncomfortably through the pop-christianity garbledygook. (Don't mind me if you're into that kindof thing.)

  • Catherine R

    This is a profound and thought provoking book. It will not be for everyone but it was perfect for me. Michael Card explores the language of lament in the Bible and how we have the lost the art of communicating sorrow in a world which is always focused on being happy. Cuts through pat answers.

  • Chuck Relfe

    An excellent book for those walking through grief and loss. It unpacks the lost exercise of lament which is a critical part of the Christian walk.

  • wes Goertzen

    the author kinda threw me off, but props to him for bringing lament to popular literature AND christian books stores (i imagine, for i don't frequent them). Its a very good book.

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you, Michael Card for so lovingly dealing with the topic of sorrow in the Christian life. I will read this again and again.

  • RF

    Lament - this is a lost language. But it also a true language for the many times in the life of faith where it is a dark dry journey

  • Sjallen

    The book helped me through a time when I did not know if I could go any further. I had just lost my child to SIDS and I needed this

  • Melanie

    I really liked the way this book taught me about lamenting and challenged me to work through pain using biblical principles.