“Blessed are those who mourn.” (Matthew 5:4) “There are gifts you get from God in the midst of grief that you would never have had the bandwidth to receive if everything was going as planned.”
At first glance, this book is written for a narrow, specialized audience: Christians who have suffered a tragic loss. Actually, it is intended for those who have or will suffer a tragic loss: all of us. Lusko lost a kindergarten-aged child just before Christmas. Your loss may not be so dramatic as his, but you have or will suffer, too, and you will discover him to be a kindred soul.
“God made me stronger, so the pain is not always unbearable, but the weight hasn’t gotten any lighter.”
Non-Christian readers may struggle with the Biblical point of view and vocabulary, but many will find solace in these pages.
“He puts to use what he puts us through. Suffering isn’t an obstacle to being used by God. It is an opportunity to be used like never before.”
Lusko is a preacher; it shows in his rhythms and alliterations, and his digressions. Forgive him and keep reading.
“When you live a life of faith, there are going to be questions that have no answers, because for there to be faith there has to be mystery.”