Christian Book Guide - Suffering & Grief
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|The Hand of God|
By Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg captures the powerful lessons of Joseph's life in this rich textured study. Readers will see God at work, shaping Joseph's circumstances so that he can ultimately redeem and reconcile his family. And they'll see the hand of God in their lives, lovingly guiding them through their disappointment and struggles to a place of peace.
|Is God Really in Control?|
By Jerry Bridges
Trusting God in a world of terrorism, tsunamis, and personal tragedy. There's no more crucial topic in today's world than understanding what God is up to in the midst of personal and global tragedy. Jerry Bridges helps readers answer the question "Is God in control?", offering comfort and hope by exploring the greater purposes of God in light of Scripture.
|How Long, O Lord?|
By D.A. Carson
This clear and accessible treatment of key biblical themes related to human suffering and evil is written by one of the most respected evangelical biblical scholars alive today. D.A. Carson brings together a close, careful exposition of key biblical passages with helpful pastoral applications.
|Deserted by God?|
By Sinclair Ferguson
Suffering, failure, sin, illness, loneliness, disappointment. For many people such experiences raise the questions: Why has this happened to me? Has God abandoned me? Can nobody help? Is despair all that is left to me? This book begins with the question "Can Anyone Help Me?" and draws on the experience of the psalmist in the Old Testament to help us to begin to understand the ways of God.
|Why Does God Allow War?|
By Martyn Lloyd-Jones
During the dark days of WWII, British pastor Lloyd-Jones turned to the foundational truths of Scripture to answer the question of human conflict and suffering. His insights---as relevant today as they were then---are rooted in the reality of God and offer help and comfort for whatever uncertainty you face.
|Suffering and the Sovereignty of God|
By John Piper & Justin Taylor, eds.
In the last few years, 9/11, a tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and many other tragedies have shown us that the vision of God in today's churches in relation to evil and suffering is often frivolous. In Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, contributors John Piper, Joni Eareckson Tada, Steve Saint, Carl Ellis, David Powlison, Dustin Shramek, and Mark Talbot explore the many categories of God's sovereignty as evidenced in His Word. They urge you to look to Christ, even in suffering, to find the greatest confidence, deepest comfort, and sweetest fellowship you have ever known.
|The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God|
By John Piper
The story of Job's suffering is familiar, but we seldom see God's mercy in the midst of it. Combining beautiful poetry and stunning photography, this moving work reminds you of the Lord's sovereignty and provision. For those who are hurting, here's an ideal gift that will assure them of God's presence. Includes audio CD.
|The Power of Suffering|
By John MacArthur
Persecution and suffering can be the hardest areas of our life to accept, says MacArthur. In this book, he shows you how to victoriously face the prospect of suffering and the valuable lessons you can learn from God.
|Anxious for Nothing|
By John MacArthur
As a Christian, you're not immune to the troubles of life, and when troubles come, you're urged to rise above them and experience "peace that passes understanding." In Anxious for Nothing, John MacArthur directs you to the only true source of comfort and victory - Scripture. You'll learn to cast your cares on God, deal with difficult people, live without complaining, and be content.
|When Worlds Collide|
By R.C. Sproul
Where is God in terrorism, war, & suffering? Does God rule in train wrecks and terrorist attacks? Sproul discusses the role of the Creator when the plans of men wreak havoc. The same heavenly hand that pours out blessing also brings calamity and darkness. A challenge to understand the true nature of God so that we can trust him in times of disaster.
|Grieving: Our Path Back to Peace|
By James R. White
People in grief wonder if they will ever feel okay again. If your grief doesn't happen in a neat orderly manner, you can become discouraged. People who have experienced loss often have moments of joy and normalcy mixed with moments of sadness and anger. It's not a setback; it's part of an upward process of healing and when you allow your grief to be accompanied by hope in God, grieving can be your path back to peace.
|The Problem of Pain|
By C.S. Lewis
For centuries Christians have been tormented by one question above all -- If God is good and all-powerful, why does He allow His creatures to suffer pain? C.S. Lewis sets out to disentangle this knotty issue but wisely adds that in the end no intellectual solution can dispense with the necessity for patience and courage.
|A Grief Observed|
By C.S. Lewis
Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.
|Down, But Not Out|
By Wayne Mack
Life is full of problems that can bring us down. As Christians, however, we know that Jesus overcame the world, and by His power at work within us, we can as well. In Down, but Not Out, Wayne Mack brings biblical counsel to people suffering from worry or spiritual burnout. He also addresses other "downers" such as self-pity, discontentment, discouragement, perplexity, and hopelessness. At the end of each chapter are several application questions.
|God's Solutions to Life's Problems|
By Dr. Wayne Mack & Joshua Mack
Whether you're rich or poor, young or old, no life is trouble-free---not even if you're a Christian. How do you cope with daily obstacles and challenges? By tapping into God's Solutions to Life's Problems! Leading you step-by-step through God's Word, Wayne and Joshua Mack's Bible study equips you with scriptural answers to help you resolve life's quandaries---practically, persistently, and permanently.
|Out of the Blues|
By Wayne Mack
Out of the Blues addresses the issue of depression, a problem that nearly everyone faces at some time in their life. Using a distinctly biblical perspective, Mack defines what depression is and outlines causes and solutions to the blues caused by loneliness. Includes a Q and A section and additional notes written for counselors, making this a good resource for both those seeking help and offering help.
|A Grief Sanctified|
By J.I. Packer
Pastor Richard Baxter tells the story of how he dealt with grief through the study of Scripture after the death of his wife at age forty-five. J. I. Packer has added his own astute reflections along with his edited version of this exquisite memoir that considers six of life's realities - love, faith, death, grief, hope, and patience. He guides you in comparing and contrasting the world's and the Bible's ideals on coping with these tides of life.
|How to Handle Trouble|
By Jay Adams
Trouble is something all people must deal with: the loss of a spouse, a job, one's health, one's possessions, one's freedom. Writes Jay E. Adams, "While God has not yet removed trouble from the Christian or the Christian from trouble, he has, by the Word and His Spirit, given believers all that is necessary to handle trouble successfully." Focusing on Philippians 1:12-26, where Paul views his hardship as an opportunity to glorify Christ, Adams presents clear and biblical directives for discerning God's hand at work in bringing good out of troublesome circumstances, great or small.
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By Paul David Tripp
Grief: Finding Hope Again is a practical booklet on recovering from grief. With compassion and biblical wisdom, Paul David Tripp shows us how to think and what to do when death enters our door. He reminds us that God often brings the most wonderful things out of the darkest experiences, just as He did at the cross.
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