Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering

Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering

“Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.” (Proverbs 25:20)

This proverb describes an all-too-human problem each of us faces from time to time. We want to reach out and help those who are hurting—but the words or actions we use may unintentionally add to their burden instead of easing their pain.

Forged from author Kenneth C. Haugk’s own experiences of suffering, the book draws on extensive research with more than 4,200 people who have experienced various kinds of suffering in their lives, offering key insights and suggestions of what to say and do—and what not to say or do—when people are hurting.

With its biblical foundation, compassionate approach, and concrete ideas, Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart will help you bring God’s loving presence to hurting people when they need it most.

Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart is a valuable resource for:

  • Pastors, chaplains, counselors, physicians, nurses, support group leaders, social workers, and others in the caregiving field

  • Deacons, elders, shepherds, and other congregation caregivers

  • Hospital and hospice volunteers and emergency relief workers

  • College and seminary classes on caregiving or pastoral care

  • Adult education classes, Sunday school classes, and small groups

  • Continuing education for Stephen Ministry

  • Anyone who relates to people who are suffering

In addition, people who themselves are in the midst of suffering find this book to be reassuring, comforting, and encouraging.

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