Many Vietnam veterans felt and, in fact, still feel rejected by their God and the church and betrayed by their nation and even their families. Using themes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theology, Uwe Siemon-Netto explores the veterans' situation and argues for God's acquittal of the charge of abandoning the veterans during and after the war. (publisher's website)
Siemon-Netto spent years covering the Vietnam war as a correspondent. He understands veterans of that conflict better than many pastors of that era. This is a resource that will help pastors today honor veterans for their service to their country by helping through their theological struggles, PTSD (28), and confronting the failure of a country to care for its own after it sent them to war (53ff). Selected portions of Bonhoeffer can make good reading for those struggling with war and death. Jesus is central to healing and Uwe Siemon-Netto's theology for Veterans (74, et al). He speaks their language. And he can help you translate the love of God into words they can hear.
How can Christians, who by definition rest their eternal hope in Christ, seem to give up hope and take their own lives? The author of this book--writing from a solidly scriptural, confessional Lutheran perspective--addresses the theological issues involved with this paradox. The result is a book that offers a helpful scriptural corrective to views of the past that often emphasized the law more than the gospel when addressing the paradox of Christians committing suicide. It is aimed at pastors and teachers of the church, as well as Christian counselors. At the same time, laypeople who have wrestled with this paradox will also reap many benefits from reading this book. (publisher's website)
He Remembers the Barren by Katie Schuermann is a tender conversation with women in the church who wrestle with the issue of barrenness in marriage. Addressing questions frequently asked by those struggling with infertility, the author walks alongside the reader, relaying personal stories to both encourage and support those who are suffering. Issues such as control of our bodies, family planning, and the source of conception are examined through a theological lens, reminding the reader of her clear vocation in Christ and pointing her to the ultimate source of fruitfulness, vitality, and comfort, our Triune God.With Psalm readings, beloved hymn texts, and collects penned by Dcs. Melissa A. Degroot, each chapter of He Remembers the Barren resonates on a devotional level that is pitch perfect for women struggling with the grief and shame which often accompany barrenness. This book also serves as a valuable resource for pastors, family members, and friends seeking to better understand the barren experience of a loved one. (blog site page on the book)