CONTENTS
Foreword
Prologue
9
11
PART ONE:
THE ANGEL OF DEATH
1
2
3
4
The River Without a Bridge
A Father's Last Embrace
The Cruel Destroyer
More Epitaphs
25
33
37
43
PART TWO:
THE VALLEY OF WEEPING
5
6
7
8
Blast the Tree
A Dagger of Ice
Not As I Will
More Tears
55
59
67
73
PART THREE:
THE PATH TO GLORY
9
10
11
12
Sleeping in the Bosom of the Almighty
Weep Not
No More Crying: A Token for Children
Lessons in Sorrow
91
97
103
111

Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Select Bibliography
119
127
137
143

FORWARD

This is truly a remarkable book. Since reading it, I have often wished it had been available when I was pastoring a congregation. It is the very book I would have wanted to put into the hands of grieving parents.

My friend Jay Bruce has written out of the deep pain Joni, his wife, and he suffered when their little boy died after only fifty-five days in this world. The book is not just an account of their pilgrimage at that harrowing time. It is also a fascinating compendium of the experience of men and women whose names are familiar even to some non-Christians-Calvin, Luther, Bunyan, Charles Wesley. These people all experienced the same tribulation and have set down their inmost thoughts and expressed their heartache. The book would be significant for this unique collection of quotations alone. But the spiritual insight and godly grace with which Jay Bruce writes make this volume a real treasure to own and a particular blessing to read.

Eric J. Alexander
St. Andrews, Scotland