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The God of All Comfort by Dee Brestin

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The God of All Comfort by Dee Brestin

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...a healing balm for those in the valley of the grieving process."

Simply put, I loved this book. With overwhelming compassion and uncanny spiritual wisdom, Dee Brestin authentically shares the difficult beauty of her own story of pain and soul-searching due to the loss of her 59 year old husband to cancer. To be honest, as a man I was wary of reading this book due to Brestin being a woman author. Be assured that’s not a sexist statement . . . more like a “blinders on both sides” reveal! I was hoping for, but not expecting much more than a “read and review.” It has been several years since I lost my Mom to cancer and Dad to heart failure and I had read plenty of books on the grieving journey and loss . . . but oh, how I needed Dee’s biblical perspective!

Each of us will travel down the road of bereavement or have our dreams shattered by others. She doesn’t sugarcoat the concept of suffering as if it is a “necessary evil” nor does she abuse the worn cliches’ spoken so often, (because silence is uncomfortable and only listening is unnerving at times). Emotions are not discounted. Tears are greatly encouraged.

Her well-developed skills as a Bible teacher afford her the opportunity to offer the reader deeply biblical comfort and hope. Brestin shares how meditating on the psalms, as well as hymns and spiritual songs, encouraged her wounded and hurting spirit. We often lose the lyrical richness and depth of the words in hymns because we don’t like singing six verses in a row without a break. I’ve been challenged to begin reading the psalms as well as listen more as I sing hymns while worshipping the Almighty.

Her chapter on Job’s three encounters with God in “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” was profoundly insightful and one that I will revisit often. The thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter also help bring clarity to her poignant insights.

I wholeheartedly recommend The God of All Comfort as a healing balm for those in the valley of the grieving process. There are moments of sweet communion and worship within each of the pages.

Brestin has found a perfect peace in the mysterious, amazing, infinite and all-consuming love of God. She wants you to experience it too!

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Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.