Faculty and alumni contribute to book on grief

Many hands from Fresno Pacific University contributed to A Road too Short for the Long Journey: Reflections and Resources to Support Grieving People, published February 4, 2019, by Pickwick Publications, part of Wipf & Stock.

Quentin P. Kinnison, Ph.D., associate professor and program director of Christian ministries and chair of the Division of Biblical & Religious Studies, edited the book and wrote the introduction and one appendix. Other FPU faculty and staff writers are Larry Dunn, Ph.D., professor of peacemaking and conflict studies; Connie McNeely, Advancement Office manager; Tim Neufeld, D.Min., professor and director of contemporary Christian ministries; Jay Pope, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; and Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D., professor of biblical and theological studies. Alumni contributors are James Bergen (SEM ’00), lead pastor, North Fresno MB Church; Esther Klassen-Isaak (BA ’77), M.A., a psychotherapist who formerly served as director of counseling in the Division of Student Life; Greg Lankford (BA ’13); Collin Tally (BA ’13), Field Project Manager for Solar Negotiators; and Aaron Wiens (BA ’00), O.D., a member of the FPU Board of Trustees. Also writing chapters are Stacy Hammons, Ph.D., former dean of the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences (HRSS) and social work and sociology faculty, now provost, chief academic officer and professor at Indiana Wesleyan University; and Kevin Reimer, Ph.D., former dean of HRSS and liberal studies faculty, now teaching at the UC Merced Extension Center, who wrote the foreword.

From the publisher: “The inevitability of death in our broken world means that grief and mourning are a normal part of the human experience. Too often, though, this normal journey of grief is cut short by a culture intent on pretending bad things don’t really happen. In A Road Too Short for the Long Journey, readers are invited to consider how we might travel this road of mourning with those who grieve and how we might join them as partners in a reorientation of the world experienced through loss.” 

Get more information or order the book at wipfandstock.com/a-road-too-short-for-the-long-journey.html.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations