Have you ever found yourself tongue-tied when encountering someone suffering, dying, or having just lost someone close? As people of faith, we are invited to trust in the wonderful goodness of God. Then how are we to understand the sufferings of so many of God's people? Where is God to be found in the midst of a world filled with so much pain and loss?
What difference does it make to pray? No One Cries the Wrong Way offers some glimpses into these great questions. Certainly, there are no easy answers. Any words about God will fall far short of the truth of who God is.
Indeed, we stand here before the great mystery. But we do not stand along; without hope; or without something to offer. Consoling in a way that is both simple and profound, Fr. Kempf helps us trust the Love in the midst of the pain. At the end of the book, there is a prayer service for each chapter, questions for reflect or discussion, and quotes for meditation and prayer.
Fr. Joe Kempf
Fr. Joe Kempf is a diocesan priest and founder of "Gospel Values, a nonprofit company dedicated to proclaiming the beautiful message of Jesus for children of all ages.
Have you ever found yourself tongue-tied when encountering someone suffering, dying, or having just lost someone close, and reduced to the cliche, I really don t know what to say ? Well, people of faith should have something to say at those sacred, delicate moments. Father Kempf, with grace and sensitivity, helps us learn what to say and do in moments when our people long for a word of hope and consolation.
- Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, author of Priests for the Third Millennium (Our Sunday Visitor)
In No One Cries the Wrong Way, Fr. Joe Kempf offers treasures from his lifetime experience as both a priest and fellow traveler in the geography of human loss. His own reflections are interwoven with insights from psychology, theology, Scripture, and literature, and are illustrated with engaging stories. Consoling in a way that is both simple and profound, Fr. Kempf helps us trust the Love in the midst of the pain.
- Pat Livingston, speaker, author of Lessons of the Heart (Ava Maria Press) and This Blessed Mess: Finding Hope Amidst Life's Chaos (Sorin Books)
Joe Kempf leads us to places where we have not yet been, but where we all want to be: the places where love and suffering teach one another. Is there any other lesson? So many books become best-sellers, and I cannot understand why. This one deserves to be.
- Fr. Richard Rohr O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico