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“God’s Care for the Widow: Encouragement and Wisdom for those who Grieve”

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I should like to draw your attention to (and, incidentally, to draw to your attention) a new book written by my father, Austin Walker, and published by DayOne.

Over his decades of pastoral ministry, he has cared for several widows, not least among whom were my own Mamgu (my Welsh grandmother), as well as several other ladies in this church and – as opportunity provided – one or two further afield.  Disappointed at the relative absence of modern material equipping the saints to care for widows, he has distilled the material developed during those times into a brief and cheap book (128 pages, £5) of relatively short and accessible chapters, as listed below.  You can also read a sample.

Whether you are a pastor or other Christian seeking to minister to grieving widows, want to prepare for such an eventuality, want a sensitive gift for more or less recently widowed women, or would appreciate this counsel for yourself, here is an outstanding resource, accessible without being shallow, truly sensitive without being mawkishly sentimental, Scriptural both in its substance and its tender application.  I strongly recommend it.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1  A defender of widows
  • Chapter 2  God relieves the widow
  • Chapter 3  Three funerals and three widows
  • Chapter 4  God’s bottle for your tears
  • Chapter 5  Submitting to God’s wise ways
  • Chapter 6  Joy before the Lord
  • Chapter 7  God’s salvation in Zarephath
  • Chapter 8  Resurrection in Zarephath
  • Chapter 9  The sympathy and indignation of Christ
  • Chapter 10   Resurrection in Nain
  • Chapter 11   The love of Jesus for his mother
  • Chapter 12  Omnipotent compassion
  • Chapter 13   The care of widows
  • Chapter 14  ‘Really widows’
  • Chapter 15   Serving Christ as a widow
  • Chapter 16  Younger widows
  • Chapter 17  Standing fast
  • Chapter 18   A living hope

The official overview states that “this book is written for widows to comfort them in their various troubles.  Throughout the Bible God makes himself known as the one who defends, comforts and provides for the widow.  From the days of Moses and  the prophets, to the time of the Lord Jesus Christ and the early church, widows have been the object of his fatherly care.  Written under the conviction that the church of Christ is responsible for relieving the distress of widows this book seeks to draw out God’s wisdom for the widow.  Naomi, Ruth, the widows of Zarephath and Nain, the Jerusalem widows, and Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ are among those considered.”

Here are some of the endorsements:

James 1:27 is very clear on some of the deeds that need to emanate from a converted heart: a life separated from the corruption of the world and the taking care of orphans and widows. In recent days much has been written about adopting orphans, but little is written specifically for widows and their needs. Here is considerable help and encouragement for widows, as well as important insights for those who minister to them. May Austin Walker’s much-needed and welcome application of the numerous passages on widows have a wide circulation!

Dr Michael A G Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, & Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies & Research Professor of Irish Baptist College, Constituent College of Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland

This book will help widows. There is nothing better than the counsels to be found here.

Revd Geoff Thomas, Pastor since 1965 of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales

Does the Bible have much to say by way of precepts and examples concerning God’s special care for and  commitment to the broken hearts and shattered lives of widows? Do the Scriptures address the church regarding its peculiar responsibilities to be sensitive and caring with respect to the peculiar needs of its widows? Are there clear directives to widows themselves regarding how they may best cope with their widowhood and even use that state as a platform for greater service to Christ and to his people? In this Scripture-soaked book, written out of an experienced and caring pastor’s heart, these questions are answered with tenderness and biblical authority. Thank you, Pastor Walker, for giving us a much-needed book.

Albert N. Martin, B. A.; D. D. — former pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville New Jersey; Conference Speaker; lecturer in Pastoral Theology

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 3 May 2010 at 19:48

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