Getting Beyond Tragedy

A Minister's Search for Answers to the "Why, God?" Question Which Torments Grieving Families

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Pages: 164

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 06/01/2006

ISBN: 9-780-9785-3110-2

List Price: $14.95


NewSouth Books

Getting Beyond Tragedy

A Minister's Search for Answers to the "Why, God?" Question Which Torments Grieving Families

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Getting Beyond Tragedy, already hailed by clergy and cancer organizations alike, is both a moving reflection and an important tool for those dealing with grief. Written by Rev. J. Phillips Noble in the years during and since his son Scott's illness and death from cancer, the book also includes essays written by Noble's wife and their children, making Getting Beyond Tragedy a work that speaks to all members of families coping with tragedy. Noble hopes that the book will help families touched by the tragedy of children's cancer, and as such, all of his proceeds will go toward research to help find a cure.
Getting Beyond Tragedy is the straightforward, inspiring story of how one family experienced, endured, and continues moving beyond a tragedy—the passing of the youngest of three children, a son who died of leukemia. Anyone grieving will be able to identify with the feelings as described by the Noble family and will be encouraged to move beyond that loss in reading this book.

—Rev. Jasper N. Keith, pastor, Decatur Presbyterian Church, and professor emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary

Phil Noble bravely and generously allows us into the immense tragedy of the loss of his precious son, Scott. Although we long to comfort Dr. Noble as a grieving, loving father, he comforts us instead with his thoughtful, honest words. While Getting Beyond Tragedy does not answer the question of why tragedy happens—because it cannot—it reminds us that in the depths of our anguish we cannot rely on our own understanding, but we must trust in the Lord with all our hearts.

—Kristin Connor, attorney and senior VP of CureSearch National

About the Author/Editor

REVEREND JAMES PHILLIPS NOBLE (1922-2022) grew up in Learned, Mississippi. After graduating from King College in Bristol, Tennessee and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister. He completed graduate work in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cambridge University in England. From 1956-1971, Noble was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, Alabama, where the events described in this book took place. Over his career, he also served pastorates in Georgia and South Carolina, the last of which was Charleston’s historic First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. Noble was also Co-President of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church, USA. He has traveled extensively on six continents. Noble was married to Betty Pope Scott. They had three children (Betty, Phil, Jr., and Scott) and two grandchildren. He was retired and living in Decatur, Georgia at the time of his death. He was also the author of Getting Beyond Tragedy (2006).