Grieving, Hope, and Solace
When A Loved One Dies in Christ
There is comfort in the grief. There are answers for your questions.
Here is a tender blending of memoir and theology, a joining of heart and mind, a sober yet joyful consideration of Scripture in the face of one of life’s deepest and most difficult trials.
What exactly happens to those who die as Christians? What do they immediately experience? In what manner do they exist right now? And what happens to them when Christ returns to earth? These questions can be especially acute for grieving loved ones who remain. What comfort and assurance does Scripture offer you? What can you truly know and be confident of?
These are the questions and concerns that faced Pastor Albert N. Martin, a beloved pastor and widely respected preacher for half a century, following the death of his wife of nearly 50 years. This book is the product of his grief, his tears, his travails, his prayers, and his concentrated study of God’s Word.
“Sweet book of comfort. What a blessed gift! Buy it and give it away, but make sure to get a copy for yourself.” – Dr. Joel Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Dr. Martin combines an understanding of the best of theology and biblical exegesis with all the pathos of a deeply sensitive redeemed man. Channel that through the mind and heart of a pastor who senses his divine commission to minister to others what the Lord has taught him in the crucible of painful human experience, and you will have the essence of this precious volume.”
— William Shisko, Pastor, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Franklin Square, NY
“A priceless treasure from a seasoned pastor and gifted writer.” – Steve Lawson, pastor and author
“Profound biblical insight, tested by experience…delightful.” – Joseph Pipa, Pres., Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
About the Author
Albert N. Martin concluded 46 years of ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey, in June 2008, and he and his second wife Dorothy relocated to Michigan (he lost his first wife Marilyn in 2004 after 48 years of marriage and a six-year battle with cancer). A recognized evangelist, counsellor, pastor and preacher, Al Martin had his first experience of street preaching before the age of eighteen, under the guidance of elders at the Mission Hall he attended.
Pastor Martin taught all the courses in Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy for 20 years until it closed in 1998. In his ‘retirement’, he has now put those lectures into permanent DVD format, as well as having written Volume 1: Pastoral Theology: The Man of God.
He is also the author of four booklets: A Life of Principled Obedience, Living the Christian Life, The Practical Implications of Calvinism, and What’s Wrong with Preaching Today?, as well as the book The Forgotten Fear.