Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament

By Mark Vroegop, Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy

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Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament

By Mark Vroegop, Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada

Where do you turn when the dark clouds of pain, suffering, and loss roll into your life? In a broken world, difficult trials can lead quickly to discouragement and despair—even for Christians. But the Bible sets forth an oft-neglected practice for dealing with such trials: lament. To lament is to turn to God in honest, desperate prayer, giving voice to the reality of our emotions—as intense and tumultuous as they may be. Ultimately, lament is an expression of faith in the God who hears our cries and responds with mercy and grace. Drawing on examples from the Bible and his own story of loss, pastor Mark Vroegop walks through steps of lament (Turn, Complain, Ask, and Trust) to show what lament is, why it is important, and how to enter into it—helping readers learn to live between the poles of God's goodness and the pain of a hard life.


Mark Vroegop (MDiv, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a conference speaker, a council member with the Gospel Coalition, a trustee of Cedarville University, and the author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy. Mark blogs at markvroegop.com.

Table of Contents:

Foreword: Joni Eareckson Tada

Introduction: Life in a Minor Key: A Personal Journey

Part 1: Learning to Lament

1.  Keep Turning to Prayer | Psalm 77

2.  Bring Your Complaints | Psalm 10

3.  Ask Boldly | Psalm 22

4.  Choose to Trust | Psalm 13

Part 2: Learning from Lament

5.  A Broken World and a Holy God | Lamentations 1-2

6.  Hope Springs from Truth Rehearsed | Lamentations 3

7.  Unearthing Idols | Lamentations 4

8.  A Roadmap to Grace | Lamentations 5

Part 3: Living with Lament

9.  Making Lament Personal

10. Let Us Lament

Conclusion: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy - The Journey Ahead



Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6148-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6148-1
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 8.0 ounces
Published: March 31, 2019