The Afterword: Conversations on Books, Reading, and the Church

This week the blog is sponsored by Westminster Bookstore and they are introducing a New Web Series and Podcast.

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We launched “The Afterword” because we don’t want our ministry to the readers of the Church to end with the delivery of a book. To that end, we hope these digital discussions will foster a culture of reading in our congregations as we engage with books and get to know the authors behind them. Throughout this series, we’ll cover all the pressing topics a book lover–kindergarten through MDiv–could ask for: tips for family worship and sermon prep, using books in counseling and group study, reading with your kids, how to mark up a book, “What makes a book worth reading?”, “Dust-jackets: keep or throw away?”, publishing and writers block, “Should you finish a book cover-to-cover before starting the next one?”, and much more…

For our 3rd episode of The Afterword, we’re pleased to host Mark Vroegop, author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy, and the newly released Weep With Me: How Lament Opens the Door for Racial Reconciliation. Now more than ever, these are sensitive topics, but we’re grateful that Mark addresses them head on with biblical wisdom, and pastoral sensitivity.

Jonathan Leeman says this about Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy:

“Profound. Tender. Strengthening. Crucial. Wise. This book helped me see something that’s basic to Christianity that I hadn’t fully grasped as basic. I began rereading it with my wife before finishing it the first time. Every pastor, counselor—and indeed, every Christian—should read it.”

And Don Whitney says:

“I would place it among the most important and influential books I’ve read in the past few years. If you are going through hard times, this book may provide more insight and comfort than any other book except for the Bible. If you are in ministry, please allow Vroegop to help you discover how ‘the grace of lament’ can serve the many hurting people in your congregation.”

Both books by Mark are great for group study–you’ll find yourself underlining almost every page, and handing out a copy to everyone you know.

You can RSVP for Episode 3 at When you RSVP, you’ll be emailed a free shipping code for your next order at, and be entered to win 25 copies of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy and Weep With Me–we’ll choose one winner to receive a case of each book to give away or use with their church. And by the way, this event is absolutely free! We’d love for you to invite your friends, family, pastor, and church members. We welcome you to email us your questions for Mark at [email protected]