THE LOUDER SONG

In the midst of suffering, you want answers for the unanswerable, resolutions to the unresolvable. But pain is a chasm of unknown. In one breath, you may be able to say with confidence that God’s got this. In the next, you might descend into disbelief and despair. Here, you are raw before God, an open wound.

Whether you are dealing with grief, spiritual doubt, chronic pain, or a difficult season of life, there is a pathway through this suffering: lament. Lament minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope. Lament anticipates new creation but acknowledges the painful reality of now. It recognizes the existence of evil and suffering—without any sugarcoating—while simultaneously declaring that suffering will not have the final say.

In the midst of your darkest times, let Aubrey Sampson help you discover that lament leads you back to a place of hope—because God sings a song of renewal and restoration within your pain. And he sings a louder song than suffering ever could.

The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament will be out in February 5, 2019. It is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Books, and GoodReads.

What people are saying about the Louder Song

Aubrey Sampson is a fresh voice when your broken heart needs a fresh wind. Lean into these pages and you’ll hear the beauty of the Louder Song — that your soul is desperately longing to hear.

ANN VOSKAMP

New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts

If you are in the middle of deep hurt, The Louder Song is a powerful reminder of how God meets us in the middle of our pain and reminds us we have victory through him. Aubrey’s story is a personal lesson in how to pass through disappointment and pain without getting stuck there. 

CHRISTINE CAINE

Bestselling author, founder of A21 and Propel Women

This is a beautiful book. It is real about lament and honest about suffering, but not without hope. With reflections on lament that are both deeply personal and guided by Scripture, The Louder Song composes a harmonious tune that will be restorative music to the ears of anyone who has felt isolated, unknown, or hopeless in their pain. Emily Dickinson once wrote, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers— / That perches in the soul— / And sings the tune without the words— / And never stops—at all—.” The buoyancy of enduring, Christ-filled, soul-stirring hope, even in the midst of pain, comes through in Aubrey Sampson’s transparent and evocative writing. This is a song you’ll want to put on repeat.

BRETT MCCRACKEN

Senior Editor at The Gospel Coalition and author of Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community

The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament is a rare book written with honest, raw emotion about experiencing life’s most challenging times. Aubrey Sampson uses stories from her life and Scripture to remind us it’s okay to cry out to God when we don’t understand. If you’re going through a challenging time right now or trying to help someone who is, this book is for you!

DAVE FERGUSON

lead pastor at Community Christian Church, coauthor of Hero Maker: Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders

If you have ever felt the weight of pain pulling hard at your body and soul—and I know you have—there is solace in these pages. Aubrey teaches us not to hide from pain but to look it in the face, hard and long, and lament . . . and, in the depth of this hard, honest song, to find the Louder Song—the presence of the Comforter.

CATHERINE MCNIEL

Author of Long Days of Small Things

What does a person who believes in a good and powerful God do with unimaginable pain . . . and seemingly stone-cold silence from heaven? Aubrey Sampson, from Scripture and experience, says we must lament. Not to find answers, but to “be still in the unanswerable.” Not to force God’s hand, but to be intimately “tethered to his presence.” The Louder Song gives hope that in the midst of life-shattering wound, God sees us and invites us to cry out—raw and real—to him. In response, he comes close, walking with us through our pain, until the day when pain is no more. A must read!!

KEVIN BUTCHER

Author of Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God’s Love

The Louder Song reads like a modern-day Psalm. Aubrey masterfully guides us through lament, waiting, and praise by opening up her life to us. Not only does her life give us insight for living but she also opens up the Scriptures to show us that God is still present today, in every one of our situations. And no matter how difficult and overwhelming they are, God’s Word never fails. I encourage you to not only read The Louder Song but also share it with others who desperately need the love and hope of Christ.

DANIEL YANG

Director of the Send Institute

There’s no denying we live in a fallen, broken, and sinful world—a world of pain—where suffering is a reality for all of us at various levels. Aubrey Sampson peels away the layers of pretense that often masquerade as outward strength or valor as she unpacks an expressive theology of lament. Anchored by her own faith journey and experience of personal loss and suffering, Aubrey encourages authenticity and fosters hope for those who are in the midst of pain and suffering. I am confident this book will be of great encouragement to you as you reflect on the experiences of lament in a world of suffering.

ED STETZER, PHD

Holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center

In this vulnerable account of her own pain, Aubrey Sampson helps us believe that life can be hard . . . and God can still be good. Anchored in Scripture and enlivened by storytelling, this powerful book makes something lyrical of lament. And I suppose this, too, is a mystery—that the most beautiful songs are often born out of suffering. The Louder Song will be a pleasure to recommend and reread.

JEN MICHEL

Author of Surprised by Paradox

If you want permission to ask God the hard questions about suffering, Sampson extends an embossed invitation. Here she offers a highly accessible tour of the lost art of biblical lament, teaching along the way with utmost pastoral care—and with just enough vulnerability to persuade hurting readers that their guide is trustworthy. One certain outcome: You will never look at snow globes the same way again.

ANDY OLSEN

Managing Editor of Christianity Today

Having walked through suffering in my own life and with others, I know how tempting it can be to skip right past the hard stuff—and how much we miss out on if we do. In this book, Aubrey Sampson perfectly articulates the beauty of lament and offers it as a gift to anyone who has ever cried out to God—and to the church—in their pain. Through her own story and keen insights, she helps readers learn how to walk through grief while remaining anchored in hope.

JAMIE D. ATEN, PHD

Founder and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College and author of A Walking Disaster: What Surviving Katrina and Cancer Taught Me about Faith and Resilience

A book written from the mind reaches a mind; a book written from the heart reaches a heart; and a book written from a life reaches a life. This book is a life reacher. Aubrey invites us to hold the suffering of life and the sovereignty of God together with both hands.

TRICIA LOTT WILLIFORD

Author of And Life Comes Back and You Can Do This

I’m celebrating this book on lament. Don’t we all need better ways of grieving? Don’t we need a better understanding of suffering? Aubrey dives deep into the Scriptures and returns with a biblical map and a voice I shall return to again and again.

LESLIE LEYLAND FIELDS

Editor of The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength; author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas

I was captivated by Aubrey’s authenticity from beginning to end as, like a friend, I walked alongside her in her journey to discover the spiritual practice of lamenting. I was so moved after reading The Louder Song that I began my own personal journey of lamenting. Aubrey bravely asks the hard how and why questions we all ask quietly and often painfully in our prayers. And through her personal experiences, she invites us to speak our pain to God, because in her words, “we don’t lament to a void.” There is hope because God is close—he is listening, he is answering, and he is singing a louder song over us all.

ANDREA JONES WRIGHT

MA in History of Christianity from Wheaton College, served with Samaritan’s Purse- International Disaster and Relief Agency, and currently serves as a Manager of Strategic Initiatives for a global evangelistic organization