Near to the Broken-Hearted

Near to the Broken-Hearted

The Comfort of Jesus in the Grief of Losing a Child

By Dan Martin & Anna Martin, foreword by Tim Challies, contributions by Chris Mouring

Biblical help and hope for parents facing bereavement.

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This book has been written to help heartbroken parents know and feel the nearness and tenderness of God when they are facing the loss of a child. It takes long, satisfying looks at truths and stories from the Bible, helping you to know and be comforted by God the Father as he walks with you through your darkest seasons.

The authors write with honesty, experience and compassion to encourage those who are crushed in spirit to lean heavily on Jesus. They give lots of practical advice on processing and praying through grief as well as clarity on some of the difficult questions raised by this kind of suffering.

Readers can choose whichever chapters are most relevant to their situation. There is something here for those who have just heard the news that their child is very ill, and for those who lost a child some time ago; for those who are asking painful questions, and for those seeking practical advice; for mothers carrying a pregnancy that will likely end in loss, and for family members wondering how to help their loved ones in their grief.

Every situation is different, but our Lord Jesus is always the same—and he has a special, tender nearness to the broken-hearted.

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  • Foreword (by Tim Challies)
    1. Weeping with Jesus: For those who've heard bad news
    2. Under a Shadow: For those facing future loss
    3. Walking the Valley: For those reeling from recent loss
    4. After the Storm: For those continuing to grieve
    5. A Short and Precious life: For those facing the loss of an infant or unborn baby
    6. Past, Present, Future: For those facing the loss of an older child (by Chris Mouring)
    7. Valuable: For those facing the possibility that their child will be disabled
    8. Walking Together: For family and friends
    9. Why Won't Jesus Heal My Child?
    10. What Happens to Little Ones When They Die?
    11. From Tears to Shouts of Joy: All chapters lead here
    Appendix I: Further practical advice for grief
    Appendix II: Further reading and resources


Contributors Dan Martin, Anna Martin, Tim Challies, Chris Mouring
ISBN 9781784988555
Format Paperback
First published July 2023
Dimensions 5.3" x 8.5" x 0.3"
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company

Russell D. Moore

President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Author, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

This book is a help not only for grieving parents but also for those called to help bear with them the burdens of such loss. And that call is for all of us.

Kate Merrick

Author, And Still She Laughs

This book is so practical, thorough and encouraging. I wish I had had it when I lost my daughter to cancer several years ago, as I had to wade through so much of this alone. Read it with an open heart, and let hope wash over you.

Tim Challies


This steady and faithful guide will lead you to the word of God, it will assure you of the character of God, and it will comfort you with the purpose of God.

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Near to the Broken-Hearted | Dan Martin, Anna Martin, Tim Challies, Chris Mouring | $16.99 $14.44