Bryan Chapell has edited a book that, when you see it, you wonder why no-one has ever done it before. It’s entitled The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach and is designed to help pastors faced with the challenging of preaching in the context of tragedy. Each chapter contains the text of a real-life sermon with an introduction setting the scene. There’s also an introduction on ‘the message of the cross for the mystery of tragedy’ and two helpful appendices, one with suggested texts and one on conducting funerals. Chapell, a pastor and president of Covenant Seminary for almost twenty years, himself contributes about half the chapters, but there are also contributions from the likes of John Piper, Tim Keller and Michael Horton. Topics covered include murder, suicide, abuse, AIDS, war, national crisis, accidental death, abortion, miscarriage and the death of a child.