Courtney: Tell us about how you came to write A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament:
Christina: The Psalms have always spoken to me during dark times in my life. They were a lifeline in my adolescence and the early years of motherhood. I once heard a sermon where the pastor talked about following the structure of the psalmist’s laments in our own prayer life. The idea fascinated me. I researched other books and commentaries on the subject and found that the laments did indeed have a common structure. I learned that the laments show us how to pour out our feelings to God. I explored the idea in an article and then wrote a book proposal on it.
Courtney: What do you hope God will do with the book?
Christina: I think that we all struggle with what to do with our emotions. They can be so hard, so heavy, and so immobilizing, that we often just want to find a way to get rid of them. We might ignore them, cover them up, hide from them, and even distract ourselves from them. But in reality, they are still there. In the dead of night, they gnaw away at us. We feel an ache in the pit of our stomach. But the laments show us we don’t have to hide or run from painful emotions. They show us to enter into our emotions. To face them and voice them to our Father in Heaven. I hope that this book will help readers learn the way of lament and in so doing, I hope that they find renewed trust and hope in Christ.
“This world is a sinful, broken place. Things are not as they should be. Loved ones die, people hurt and reject us, and temptations surround us on every side. We need to be honest about the horrors and sorrows of this world. We need to cry out to God for help. We need to come to the One who is sovereign over all things and lay our cares at His feet” (p. 77)
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