by Gardiner Spring
Classic Treatise on God's Gracious Purposes in Our Afflictions
"This is real writing! It is deeply devotional reflecting the fine writing of the period. I read the apt illustration of President Samuel Davie's mother who said, as she looked at her son in his coffin, 'There lies my only son and there lies the will of God, and I am satisfied.'" - Geoff Thomas
Perhaps the most thorough book ever written on the subject of sorrow, Gardiner Spring wrestles the question of human suffering. What is the purpose of Christian sorrow?
It must be a hard heart that is not touched with the sorrows of the bereaved. Our sympathy may give courage to the mourner, and relieve his solitude, even where it cannot alleviate his woes. Calamity in every form makes an appeal to every Christian mind for correspondent feeling, for fellowship, for counsel. The sorrows which for months past have inundated this land, and which now sweep over it like the waves of the sea, have been vividly present to the writer of these pages; and he would gladly give utterance to a few thoughts in which his own heart beats in unison with the afflicted. We weep with those who weep. "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." We "remember those who are in adversity, as being ourselves also in the body." We have all much to be thankful for, and much to mourn over. Sorrow has its approved mission. If the Father of mercies "does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men," there must be some reason for these afflictions– a "needs be" that is absolute and imperative. We should "hear the rod, and him who has appointed it."
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 — Sorrow God's Witness
Chapter 2 — Sorrow Deserved
Chapter 3 — Submission Under Sorrow
Chapter 4 — Sorrow Disturbs Idolatrous Attachments
Chapter 5 — Sorrow The Friend of Christian Graces
Chapter 6 — Sorrow Taking Lessons from the Bible
Chapter 7 — Sorrow At the Throne of Grace
Chapter 8 — Fitness for Heaven Through Sorrow
Chapter 9 — No Sorrow There