Review

Solace in the Shadows

Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness—A Philosopher's Lament

by Douglas Groothuis
InterVarsity Press, 2017
(178 pages, $17.00, paperback)

reviewed by Charles Strohmer

"The meaning of history," wrote Abraham Joshua Heschel, "is to be a sanctuary in time." With that subtle insight, the noted twentieth-century rabbi drew attention to the paradoxical standing of human presence in the world. By our individual acts we can either increase the misery, suffering, and pain of others or contribute to their relief, healing, and well-being. Whenever we do the latter, Heschel writes in God in Search of Man, we are creating sanctuaries for people in distress.

When you see someone who is a living epistle of that kind of compassion . . .

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Charles Strohmer most recent book is Odd Man Out: My Story of Misplaced Faith in the American Dream and the Age of Aquarius. He blogs at www.waging wisdom.com.

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