Life After Suffering: A Memoir of Subversive Hope

Life After Suffering: A Memoir of Subversive Hope

by Chris Williams, Benji Ballmer

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Viktor Frankl, an Auschwitz survivor, once said that to be human is to suffer. Suffering is an unavoidable part of life, but how do we engage our suffering in a culture that teaches us to avoid suffering at all costs? Through the telling of two stories, the horrific death of his parents and the exiled Judeans of the sixth century BCE, Chris Williams offers a way of engaging suffering that questions the dominant voices of popular culture. Perhaps hope is not found in avoiding suffering at all costs, but by inviting others into our darkest moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621892144
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/12/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 166
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Chris Williams has earned a MDiv and has served in a variety of pastoral contexts. Most importantly, he is a fellow sojourner along with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Before We Begin … 1

Movement 1 Death and All His Friends

1 Coming Out of the Garage 11

2 Irrevocable Loss 31

Movement 2 The Moment of Inescapable Waiting

3 Black Thursday 51

4 Weeping Alone…Together 68

5 Suffering With 88

Movement 3 A New Song to Sing

6 Hope Arising 110

7 Judah's New Song 129

Conclusion 146

Acknowledgments 149

Bibliography 151

Contact the Author 153

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