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A Liturgy of Grief: A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations
Allen, Leslie C.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011 pp. xi + 195. $21.99


Description: In Lamentations, we read of the unbearable grief experienced by a group of believers. Leslie Allen suggests the book can be read as the script of a liturgy performed to help the people of God come to terms with the fall of Jerusalem and the national catastrophe it entailed. It reveals God's sometimes hidden support for those who grieve and for their caregivers. In this unique commentary on Lamentations, respected Old Testament scholar and volunteer hospital chaplain Leslie Allen appropriates this oft-neglected book of the Bible to deal with a universal issue. Incorporating stories of pastoral encounters with hospital patients, Allen integrates Scripture and pastoral care to present a biblical model for helping those coping with grief. The book includes a foreword by Nicholas Wolterstorff, author of Lament for a Son.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Lamentations, Literature

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Review by Elizabeth Boase
Published 7/17/2012
Citation: Elizabeth Boase, review of Leslie C. Allen, A Liturgy of Grief: A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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