By John D. Pierce

Grief is a deep valley that calls for more than shallow responses.

Easy answers, bad theology and one-size-fits-all prescriptions for dealing with grief compound rather than relieve the pain.

Rooted in long and effective pastoral experience and continuous study, Frank Hawkins has written a book that provides thoughtful and helpful guidance in moving through the valley of grief as well as accompanying others on this challenging trail.

“Through the ages the concept of the valley has been used as a metaphor for both grief and death,” wrote Hawkins. “This is why Psalm 23 has, I believe, such a universal appeal.”

This well-crafted book brings biblical scholarship, pastoral care principles and decades of ministerial experience to this important subject that touches every aspect of humanity. Anyone who has experienced grief or sought to comfort and assist others will find this book to be an exceptionally helpful resource.

The publishing of this excellent book is provided by a gift from Chip and Eve Bishop of Waynesville, N.C. Chip’s first ministry position after seminary was as associate pastor to Frank at First Baptist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., where he was mentored in ministry and where he and Eve met and were married.

Down in the Valley: Our Acquaintance with Grief by Frank Hawkins is now available in print or digital form from Nurturing Faith’s online bookstore.

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