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After Lament: Psalms for Learning to Trust Again

Glenn Pemberton (Abilene Christian University Press)

You've endured a hellish period in life, cried out in agony, and now—thank God—the worst is over. Is it possible to move forward with contentment, as though nothing had gone wrong? Pemberton, Old Testament professor at Abilene Christian University, says it's not so simple: "Once violent storms push us into seasons of lament, they do not go away without inflicting lasting damage or at least changing our relationship with the Divine." Building on a previous book (Hurting with God) about his ordeal with chronic pain, Pemberton returns to the Psalms to seek wisdom on emerging from the valley of the shadow of death.

The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs

Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert (Zondervan)

In The Gospel at Work, a pastor (Gilbert) and a web-savvy businessman (Traeger) team up to produce a primer on placing our jobs under the lordship of Christ. They show that getting straight on who we work for helps us avoid the twin temptations of idolatry (making work the pinnacle of life) and idleness (halfheartedly going through the motions, wondering what it's all about). "Because when glorifying Jesus is our primary motivation," the authors say, "our work—regardless of what that work is in its particulars—becomes an act of worship. We are freed completely from thinking that our work is without meaning and purpose, and we are equally freed from thinking our work holds some ultimate meaning."

Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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