Rejoicing in Lament
At the age of thirty-nine, Christian theologian Todd Billings was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer. In the wake of that diagnosis, he began grappling with the hard theological questions we face in the midst of crisis: Why...
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At the age of thirty-nine, Christian theologian Todd Billings was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer. In the wake of that diagnosis, he began grappling with the hard theological questions we face in the midst of crisis: Why me? Why now? Where is God in all of this? This eloquently written book shares Billings's journey, struggle, and reflections on providence, lament, and life in Christ in light of his illness, moving beyond pat answers toward hope in God's promises. Theologically robust yet eminently practical, it engages the open questions, areas of mystery, and times of disorientation in the Christian life. Billings offers concrete examples through autobiography, cultural commentary, and stories from others, showing how our human stories of joy and grief can be incorporated into the larger biblical story of God's saving work in Christ.
J. Todd Billings (Th.D., Harvard Divinity School) is associate professor of Reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.
He is also the author of Calvin, Participation, and the Gift (Oxford University Press, 2007), for which he won a 2009 Templeton Award for Theological Promise
Most recently he has authored The Word of God for the People of God: An Entryway to the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Eerdmans Press, 2010); The Lord's Supper and Salvation: The Eucharistic Doorway to a Catholic-Reformed Vision of Salvation (Eerdmans Press, 2012; Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church (BakerBooks, 2011) and Calvin's Theology and Its Reception: Disputes, Developments, and New Possibilities (Westminster John Knox Press), co-edited with I. John Hesselink.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- At The Age Of Thirty-nine, Christian Theologian Todd Billings Was Diagnosed With A Rare Form Of Incurable Cancer. In The Wake Of That Diagnosis, He Began Grappling With The Hard Theological Questions We Face In The Midst Of Crisis: Why Me? Why Now? Where Is God In All Of This? This Eloquently Written Book Shares Billings's Journey, Struggle, And Reflections On Providence, Lament, And Life In Christ In Light Of His Illness, Moving Beyond Pat Answers Toward Hope In God's Promises. Theologically Robust Yet Eminently Practical, It Engages The Open Questions, Areas Of Mystery, And Times Of Disorientation In The Christian Life. Billings Offers Concrete Examples Through Autobiography, Cultural Commentary, And Stories From Others, Showing How Our Human Stories Of Joy And Grief Can Be Incorporated Into The Larger Biblical Story Of God's Saving Work In Christ.