The Last Journey: Reflections for the Time of Grieving - John Bell
The need to express grief, to sing our sorrow, is as old as humanity. The book of Psalms, side by side with expressions of deepest praise, contains cries of unfathomable despair. Both are not only acceptable to God, but essential for our mental and spiritual health.
In The Last Journey, John Bell explores the myriad emotions that accompany loss, offering us a way to grieve, to search through the struggle before us – and perhaps enabling us to find the courage to face the world with a renewed sense of hope.
About the Author
John Bell is a member of the Iona Community, an ordained minister and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’. Over many years, he has consistently been one of the biggest draws at the Greenbelt Festival, and his work as a teacher and speaker takes him frequently into Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America. At Greenbelt 2017, John disclosed that he was gay, feeling he could no longer keep silent after the suicide of a teenage girl who was afraid to tell her parents about her sexuality. He had remained celibate and without a partner because he believed this enabled him to work without hindrance or compromise as a public Christian and fulfil his commitments in the area of worship in the Church of Scotland.