Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorf. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1987. $14.50 (Cdn)

Wolterstorff, a Christian philosopher, lost his 25-year-old son in a mountaineering accident. His cri du coeur is so poignant it has consoled a generation of grieving parents in a way that no self-help book by a professional expert ever could. Lament for a Son recieved the following endorsement from renowned spiritual writer Henri Nouwen: