Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ
At the age of thirty-nine, theologian Todd Billings was diagnosed with incurable cancer. The questions were acute: Why me? Why now? Where is God in all of this? This eloquently written book shares Billings's journey and reflections on providence, lament, and life in Christ in light of his illness. He moves beyond pat answers to show how our human stories of joy and grief can be incorporated into the larger biblical story of God's saving work in Christ. "Rejoicing in Lament is a profound witness to the gospel. I can hardly find words to express its intelligence, honesty, and richness."
--Gerald L. Sittser, Whitworth University; author of A Grace Disguised and A Grace Revealed
"Every chapter brims with pools of insight, pointing us beyond platitudes to the God who has met us--and keeps on meeting us--in the Suffering and Risen Servant. This is a book not just for reading but for meditation and prayer."
--Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California "Rejoicing in Lament will touch and shape those who give pastoral care and will offer hope and meaning for all Christians who face great suffering."
--Kathryn Greene-McCreight, the Episcopal Church at Yale; author of Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness "Courageous, revealing, sometimes raw--this book reminds us that lament is an act of faith and that faith is a communal treasure. Billings's testimony is that love is stronger than death. Unforgettable!"
--Cornelius Plantinga Jr., author of Engaging God's World "Here there is no simplistic moralizing but a persistently questing witness to a God who is present in the midst of life-changing sorrow. To read with Todd is to join him in struggle and faith, doubt and hope, lament and praise."
--Marianne Meye Thompson, Fuller Theological Seminary "This profound and heartfelt book is for all Christians, for sooner or later we must all face the challenge of our own mortality."
--Carl R. Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvaniashow more