Book of the Month

Prophetic Lament by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah.


“Our theology and spiritual formation hadn’t given us sufficient permission, language or tools to adequately sit with the despair and sadness of recent racial injustices, senseless acts of gun violence and social unrest taking place in the world around us.” - Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil. 

     In light of all that has happened, the Urban Mission Center would like to start off our new book of the month series with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah’s Prophetic Lament. His book is one that attempts to open up our eyes to the wrongs we commit against those who are suffering when we fail to acknowledge their pain. He calls out our churches writing, “a triumphalistic theology of celebration and privilege rooted in a praise-only narrative is perpetuated by the absence of lament and the underlying narrative of suffering that informs lament.” What Dr. Rah is saying here is that when we go to church and only sing songs of praise and celebration, we do a disservice to other Christians who are in a state of suffering. Apart from that, when we do not take part in lamenting injustice, we begin to forget that injustice is happening to our brothers and sisters around the world. Dr. Rah works through the first three chapters of the book of Lamentations to show readers how the Israelites practiced lament and gives the present day church an idea of how we can work lament into our own faith practices. 

     This book is important. Without lament, we cannot cope with all that has happened because we won’t have space for it. Lament allows us to acknowledge that awful things have happened and gives us the understanding that no one except God can get us through this mess. 

You can find Dr. Rah's book here.


- LB