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Overcoming Life's Sorrows

Think about your life for a moment. What personal trials or disasters have you overcome? The Book of Jeremiah is quite possibly the best against-all-odds story ever written. Despite numerous tragedies and nights of weeping and mourning, the prophet prevails. He finds hope and joy. Settle into Jeremiah’s narrative and discover how you can learn, grow, and overcome life’s sorrows with the help of God. Look inside >

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Learn how to overcome life’s disasters through

  • God’s Word
  • Confession and Absolution
  • Hope
  • Listening
  • Trust
  • Taking Risks
  • Faith


We’ve all dealt with tragedies in our lives. Dr. Lessing’s tour of the Book of Jeremiah shows us how to do this in the most constructive manner: by pointing us to Jeremiah’s reliance on God and the prophet’s words that point us to the real “man of sorrows”—Jesus. Lessing skillfully guides his readers through the longest of the Old Testament’s prophetic books while also demonstrating its continuing message for Christians who are seeking comfort in the midst of life’s griefs and heartbreaks.—Dr. Andrew E. Steinmann, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Hebrew, Concordia University Chicago

Known as an exegete, pastor, speaker, and professor par excellence, Reed Lessing uses the weeping prophet as a “God-given example [for us] of how to overcome life’s massive setbacks” in an engaging and personally applicable manner. Lessing searches the life of a prophet “obsessed with God’s Word” in the hope that the reader will be similarly obsessed and, through the answer, Jesus Christ, overcome life’s traumas and know the One who gives “a future and a hope.”Rev. Dr. Brian L. Friedrich, president, Concordia University, St. Paul

Lessing leads us through life’s sorrows, learning from Jeremiah that “the worst parts of life are the gateways to the best parts of life,” conforming us to the character of Christ (Romans 8:28–29). For anyone who has experienced a major setback in life, Dr. Lessing is a blessing. Rev. Dr. David Coe, assistant professor of theology and philosophy, Concordia University, Nebraska

Rev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing

Rev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing serves as a professor of theology and ministry at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the university’s director for the Center of Biblical Studies. Reed has authored books in the Concordia Commentary series that include Isaiah 40–55, Isaiah 56–66, Amos, Jonah, and Zechariah. He is also the coauthor of Prepare the Way of the Lord: An Introduction to the Old Testament.

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