Book Review, When The Bottom Drops Out: Finding Grace in the Depths of Disappointment

Robert Bugh, When the Bottom Drops Out: Finding Grace in the Depths of Disappointment

Robert Bugh lost his best friend and then his wife to cancer within a few months of each other.  This book walks the reader through the dark days that the author and his children experienced, and it illustrates how the believer can move through proper grief without despair.  Bugh addresses the grief, potential anger and bitterness, disappointment, and depression that strike when a person experiences a profound loss such as death of a loved one, divorce, abuse, or serious physical incapacitation.  The book affirms the rightness of proper human grief yet urges the reader to find hope in God.  It offers no simple platitudes or quick fixes.  Instead, it focuses on enduring faith and the hope of eternal life.  The book is well-balanced in its perspective on grief.  It also offers helpful suggestions for others to help those who are suffering.  It gently rebukes those who presume to know the mind of God (with reference to the causes/reasons for suffering), and it guides those who want to offer a word of consolation but who do not know how to speak empathetically.

  • Softcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 11
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1414363493

Reviewed by: Brian Hand, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament in BJU Seminary.

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