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Glenn Pemberton: Hurting With God

2012 April 1
by Mike

To give an idea of how much I like Dr. Glenn Pemberton’s new book on the Psalms of lament, entitled Hurting With God, here’s the blurb I wrote for it: “This book is honest—it’s honest about God, about faith, about suffering, about disappointments. It’s also profound, encouraging, and pastoral. A remarkable Old Testament scholar, Glenn Pemberton writes as one who has known his share of suffering and who understands that lament flows not from an absence of faith but from an abundance of faith. For its biblical insight, this book will sit proudly on my shelf next to Brueggemann’s works on Psalms; for its pastoral care, I’ll be handing out copies to many friends who seek to trust God in a world that hasn’t yet been set completely right and to church leaders who will be encouraged to return to this deep expression of faith-amid-loss called lament.”

I have permission to run an excerpt when the book comes out in about a month. But here is Glenn talking about lament:

9 Responses leave one →
  1. James permalink
    April 1, 2012

    Look forward to reading the book. Hope it will be available in Kindle edition.

  2. zack blaisdell permalink
    April 1, 2012

    Brother Mike, when does this book come out? Who is the publisher? I’ll definitely get it. Sounds like an awesome book. God bless. Grace and Peace.

  3. April 1, 2012

    Thanks Mike for your kind words and interview. For more information about the book see

  4. April 1, 2012

    Well, Zack, I’m biased because I’m convinced that the church desperately needs to recapture the words of lament that fill the pages of scripture. (You might type “winter Christian” into the search at the top of this blog!)

    It’s being published by ACU Press, and I think it comes out about May 1.

  5. Tiffany permalink
    April 1, 2012

    It sounds like this is an honest look at pain — not just pat Sunday School answers but real grappling with the issue. Thanks so much for posting this. I will be looking forward to its release!

  6. zack blaisdell permalink
    April 2, 2012

    It sounds like a powerful book that will help open a lot of people’s eyes to that section of the Psalms.
    I listened to the video just now. I agree with Glenn. Too many times we try to “clean” up the Psalms, but they won’t allow for us to do that. All of the Psalms are gut level honest . It also shows that our God is big enough to handle honesty like that.
    It sounds like a really good book and I’m excited about the release. Definitely will get it and hope to write a review of it on my own personal blog. God bless. Grace and Peace.

  7. April 3, 2012

    Definitely sounds like a great book.

  8. Shannon Smith Whitehead permalink
    April 13, 2012

    After a wearying day, and truthfully, season, I am reading your posts and resting a bit in the witness that we don’t always have to put on a happy face and talk about living victoriously. Struggles are real, questions are not always black and white, bad things happen, and idealism rarely rewards. As a “sunny-faced Christian” who has battled depression for over twenty years and struggled with how to view my role/responsibility in it as a follower of Jesus, I have often longed for a “sack cloth and ashes” room located somewhere between the cry room and the fellowship hall. It is hard to mourn, to doubt, to be, in our culture. And sometimes, if we listen to the lies in our heads or the holy pep phrases around us, it is tempting to hide our current reality from those singing and praying beside us. I love the Psalms.

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