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Jonathan You Left Too Soon Review by Becky Voytek

By David Biebel
PO Box 642
Roseland, FL 32957-0642

Jonathan You Left Too Soon is a personal account of how the author, as a father and pastor, came to a deeper and more mature faith as he wrestled with the loss of his three-year-old son. The author reveals his vulnerabilities and struggles in a very real and intensely personal way. For the most part, the account is given in a chronological fashion; it covers the period right before his son's illness, the five-week period of illness, his death, and the lengthy bereavement period afterward. It describes the author's pain and suffering as well as the many lessons learned.

This account is easily understood but painful. It could be read by parents, older children, or as a family reading. It would be especially appropriate and helpful for families who are directly dealing with a loss of a loved one or who are in a ministry of comfort and consolation to other grieving individuals and families.

As a Christian mother and pastor's wife, I found this book very educational and helpful. It is a great educational tool on the grieving process as well as a direct yet gentle rebuke against the errors of Job's friends in the ministry of consolation. Through the use of Scriptures and personal application, this book also encourages and inspires. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book as a tool for the ministry of consolation within the family and church.

Product review by Becky Voytek, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2008