Surviving the Unthinkable
Losing a dearly loved family member or friend suddenly, unexpectedly, and tragically jars us at our very core. We shudder at the thought of it. When that loss results from a suicide it defies and assaults everything in us. The...
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Losing a dearly loved family member or friend suddenly, unexpectedly, and tragically jars us at our very core. We shudder at the thought of it. When that loss results from a suicide it defies and assaults everything in us. The unthinkable is often considered not survivable. In Surviving the Unthinkable theology professor Don J. Payne exits the classroom and invites you into the chambers of his personal experience of that indescribable loss. This intensely personal narrative traces his process through shock, grief, anger, fear, and a host of unexpected sensations to redemption and hope. Yet, he offers no psychological analysis or formula to make it all OK. Here you will find hope--gritty, realistic hope that will deepen the resources of anyone who walks the unthinkable path of losing someone they love to suicide. Life on the other side of such a nightmare will never be the same, but there is life and it can be good. Don Payne gives voice to the experience in a way that extends a healing hand to any who wonder if they can survive.
Dr Don J Payne earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Manchester, England, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary, and a B.A. from Tennessee Temple University. Prior to coming to Denver Seminary, he pastored for eight years, first as a church-planting pastor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then as an associate pastor at Southern Gables Evangelical Free Church in Littleton, Colorado. He has taught courses for Colorado Christian University, Colorado State University, and Moody Bible Institute�s extension school. Since 2013 he is Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Formation at Denver Seminary.
His publications include The Theology of the Christian Life in J. I. Packer's Thought [Paternoster], chapters in J.I. Packer and the Evangelical Future [Baker Academic], A Case for Historic Premillennialism, [Baker Academic], and Preparing for Ministry [Kregel], as well as articles and book reviews in The 1995 Seminary & Graduate School Handbook, Themelios, Teaching Theology and Religion Review, Compass, and Focal Point. He has co-authored Discipleship with a Capital D: What the Bible Teaches About Mentoring and Launching and Sustaining Mentoring in Your Ministry Setting [Coalition of Counseling Centers]. Dr. Payne serves as a consultant and trainer for corporations, schools, and other ministry organizations seeking to develop effective mentoring ministries. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the T.F. Torrance Society, and serves as board chairperson for the International Christian Mentoring Network (ICMN). Dr. Payne and his wife, Sharon, have three grown children and are involved in post-college ministry at Southern Gables Evangelical Free Church in Littleton, CO.
Source: http://www.denverseminary.edu/about-us/president-faculty-staff-board/faculty/dr-don-j-payne/ accessed 13/03/2014