Books on Grief and Suffering
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TitleAuthorCopyright DateCategoryCall #Notes
365 Days of Hope: Encouragement for Those Facing Loss, Pain, and DisappointmentTada, Joni Eareckson2005Grief\Suffering242 TadFor those who face loss or suffering too painful for human words to satisfy, these daily reflections offer hope, encouragement, support, and inspiration from the NIV Encouragement Bible. Forged in the crucible of their own personal suffering and loss, the authors take their readers through nearly every book of the Bible—Genesis to Revelation—showing how God longs to comfort and guide us in the midst of our present trials and loss.
90 Minutes in HeavenPiper, Don2004DeathB Pip
A Bend in the RoadJeremiah, David2000Suffering248.86 JerDavid Jeremiah shares the comfort and hope of the Psalms and how these truths can guide believer's through life's greatest challenges. He includes inspiring real-life stories of people who have struggled with terminal illness, the loss of a child, or imprisonment of a spouse.
A God of Suffering?Mitchell, Tommy2080Suffering214 Mit 8607[DVD] In a world that seems destined to suffer tragedy after tragedy, it's understandable that people want to know why, if there is a God, he would allow such horrible events to take place. Dr. Tommy Mitchell answers that question with tact and empathy.
A New Kind of Normal: Hope-Filled Choices When Life Turns Upside DownKent, Carol2007Consolation\Suffering248.8 KenHow do you carry on when the unexpected changes your life forever? With gripping honesty, Carol weaves together her own dramatic story with the stories of others who have learned to live the lives they were given, including Mary, the mother of Jesus. The result is a compelling treatise on hope and survival, as Carol shows again and again that it is possible to persevere against despair, to hold on to hope, and to trust God's faithfulness in an upside-down world.
A Reason for Hope2001Consolation\Grief155.9 Cro
AfflictionSchaeffer, Edith1978Suffering214 SchTo answer the troubling question, "Why?" Edith Schaeffer stresses God's empathy and applies Job and other Scripture in a personal, caring approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering.
Beauty Beyond the AshesMcGuinnes, Cheryl2004Consolation248.86 McGAs you read through this intimate look at heartbreak and joy, you will discover an incredible sense of the good that is yet to be, and you will find in yourself a growing conviction that with God's help, you can face any sorrow or pain.
Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in RelationshipsTownsend, John2011Grief158 Tow[book and dvd] Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. Whether you’re trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, Townsend gives practical tools for establishing trust and finding the intimacy you long for
Blessed, Blessed…BlessedRobertson, Missy2015SufferingB RobMissy knew that marrying duck-hunting family man Jase Robertson would be an adventure---and she was up to the challenge. Their life together was good, even after Jase grew the beard. But then their third child, Mia, was born with serious health complications. Discover how they learned to rely on God more than ever.
Bronner: A Journey to UnderstandBurgess, Sherri2016Grief\Death\Consolation248.46 BurGod teaches and refines us through pain and suffering. Author Sherri Burgess, knows this to be true. After the earthly death of her youngest son, Bronner, Burgess asked, "Why?" And God answered. Journey with her through this powerful testimony of healing to understand the purpose behind the pain.
Burden of a SecretAllen, Jimmie1995SufferingB All
Choosing to SeeChapman, Mary Beth2010SufferingB ChaJourney with her through this powerful testimony of healing to understand the purpose behind the pain. An empowering resource for small-group Bible study, this is much more than simply a retelling of an inspiring story. It is a call to action beckoning us to know our Holy God like never before.
Coming Back StrongerBrees, Drew2010SufferingB BreComing Back Stronger is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL's top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. Brees’ inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with faith, determination and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger
Death and the Life AfterGraham, Billy1987Death236 GraIn Billy Graham's Death and the Life After, you'll find answers to common, complex questions about death and what is to follow.
Encourage MeSwindoll, Charles R.1982Consolation248.8 SwiDiscouraged? Do your shoulders ache with the weight of carrying your problems around? This classic devotional offers tender insight into the needs of the human heart and how God wants to meet those needs through the gift of encouragement.
Explaining Death to ChildrenGrollman, Earl A.1967Death155.9 GroThis book is a major tool for parents and adults who have the need to help children cope with death and loss.
Flight to HeavenBlack, Dale2010DeathB BlaThe author survived a plane crash and miraculously recovered from his injuries and learned to fly again. Now, with his life as a testament, he shares his inspiring story--offering hope andencouragement for those dealing with serious injuries or the loss of aloved one
Free to Grieve: Healing and Encouragement for Those Who Have Suffered Miscarriage and StillbirthRank, Maureen1985Grief155.9 MauOne-third of all women who conceive will have at least one miscarriage. This book offers guidance for the sorrowing and helps them move on. It tackles the tough questions, as well as explores options for treatment and emotional healing.
Getting Through the Tough StuffSwindoll, Charles R.2004Consolation248.4 SwiThis is a book of encouragement, hope and freedom... an invitation to meet Christ at the crossroads of our lives and move beyond the tough times.
Glimpses of HeavenHarris, Trudy2008Death248.86 HarA former hospice nurse gives an intimate look at the final thoughts, words and vision of terminally ill and dying people.
God Is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn't Make SenseRothschild, Jennifer2014Consolation\Suffering248.8 Rot 9358Is God always fair? Does he care? Going blind as a teenager and hitting a wall of depression and discontent after 30 years of successful ministry, Rothschild collided head-on with six big questions of faith. Here she shares her honest insights, wisdom, and solid biblical teaching based on her time wrestling with God. Audio book
God's Vitamin C1996Grief808.8 StaFavorite inspirational speakers relate stories on Love, Faith, Trust, Prayer, Grief, Perseverance and more.
Good GriefWestberg, Granger E.1971Grief\Consolation248.86 WesThis book helps readers find comfort and rediscover hope after loss.
Gram's SongHenley, Karyn2003DeathCE HenAnthony enjoys spending time with his grandmother, so when she dies he is sad until his mother tells him that Gram is now with Jesus, and reminds him of the treasures she left him, including her special song.
Heaven Is For RealBurpo, Todd2010DeathB Bur
Helping Children GrieveHuntley, Theresa1991Grief\Death\Consolation155.9 Hun
Hope for the Troubled HeartGraham, Billy1991Consolation248.86 Gra
How Could a Loving God…?Ham, Ken2007Consolation\Grief\Suffering248.86 HamIn the face of tragedy, death or suffering, everyone struggles to find just the right words to bring comfort or closure to those in need. Ken Ham shows answers found in the pages of Scripture---powerful, definitive, and in a way that helps your heart to go beyond mere acceptance.
If God Is GoodAlcorn, Randy2009Suffering231.8 AlcDifficult times beg questions about God's goodness and power. Offering compelling true stories, fresh answers, and biblical insights, Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief and reveals the big picture of who God is and what he's doing in the world---equipping you to share your faith clearly with those experiencing pain and fear.
If Nathan Were HereBahr, Mary2000Death\GriefCE BahA young boy grieves the loss of his best friend and thinks about how things would be if he were still alive.
In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart: Hope for the HurtingGraham, Ruth2004Consolation\Suffering248.86 GraDo you sit in church every Sunday with a hurting heart? Billy Graham's daughter knows how you feel because she's been there. Candidly sharing about her tragic divorces, her teenage daughter's two pregnancies, the darkness of depression, and challenges of returning to college at 40, she offers hope as you walk the tumultuous journey of faith.
In the Eye of the StormLucado, Max1991Consolation248.4 LucIf you've ever wondered if God in heaven can relate to you here on earth, then read In the Eye of the Storm. Max Lucado takes you through what he calls "the second most stressful day in the life of our Savior," the day of the storm on the sea of Galilee. It's the only day other than the crucifixion that is recorded in all four Gospels. It shows Jesus' range from joy to sorrow, and how he can and does relate to your bad days too.
Infant Salvation & the Age of AccountabilityMcDavid, Edmund R. III2003Death234 McDThe book takes a realistic approach tothe perplexing question of what happens to infants and young children when they die. Do they go to heaven or hell? The author avoids the common tendency to emotionalize the question relying solely on the logic of Scripture
It Must Hurt A Lot: a child's book about deathSanford, Doris1986Death\GriefJ155.9 SanDescribes a boy's reactions of anger, grief, and eventual acceptance when his dog dies. Includes suggestions to parents for helping a child deal with loss.
Keepsakes for the HeartSmith-Greer, Becky1990Consolation248.86 SmiTender story of sorrow and comfort. Focus On The Family
Let Me Be A WomanElliot, Elisabeth1976Death248.843 EllThe author combines her observations and experiences in a number of essays on male-female relationships. In this profound and moving book, she presents her unique perspective. Now married a third time after losing two husbands through death, she offers golden insights which apply to the single, the married, and the widowed. These notes on womanhood, written to her daughter Valerie a few weeks before Val's marriage, are a gift of lasting worth for all Christian women.
Letters to Heaven: Reaching Beyond the Great DivideMiller, Calvin2011Death236.2 MilIn these masterfully written letters to heaven, Calvin Miller thanks, lovingly reflects on, and sometimes confesses his regrets to the departed influences in his life. This moving work will not only elicit a desire in readers to reconcile all things unfinished, but teach the living about the importance of people and the treasure of faith while holding out for us all the hope that awaits.
Living With Grief After Sudden LossHospice Fndn of Amer1996Grief\Death\Consolation248.8 HosThe book covers five critical points of interest. Grief is a highly individual reaction. Different types of sudden loss create unique issues for survivors. Survivors of sudden loss are often coping simultaneously with both grief and the loss of their normal world. Survivors of sudden loss need both short and long term intervention. Caregivers at all levels may be affected by traumatic loss so self-care is critical.
Mourning into DancingWangerin, Walter, Jr.1992Grief\Death\Consolation248.8 WanMourning into Dancing defines the stages of grief, names the many kinds of loss we suffer, shows how to help the grief-stricken, gives a new vision of Christ's sacrifice, and shows how a loving God shares our grief. We learn from this book that the way to dancing is through the valley of mourning--that grief is a poignant reminder of the fullness of life Christ obtained for us through his resurrection.
Mr. Washington's Traveling MusicNeleson, James1986DeathCE NelClaire is saddened by the death of her school's janitor, until an Easter sunrise service reminds her of the Resurrection and makes her realize that Mr. Washington's singing was his celebration of eternal life.
One Minute After You DieLutzer, Erwin1997Death236 Lut
Papa's Gift
Bostrom, Kathleen Long
2002Death\GriefCE BosA poignant story of the love and loss between a little girl and her grandfather. After Papa Clarence's death, Clara can't understand why God took her Papa away. Through a special gift from Papa, Clara begins to understand that although she can't see her grandfather with her eyes anymore. she can always see him with her heart.
Postcards From HeavenCloninger, Claire1992Consolation242.4 Clo
Sad Isn't BadMundy, Michaelene1998GriefJ155.9 Mun
Safe in the Arms of GodMacArthur, John2003Death\Consolation\Grief248.86 Mac
Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your WorldNeeld, Elizabeth Harper2003Death\Grief155.9 Nee
ShadowlandsLewis, C.S.2004Death791.43 Sha 9930Based on the true story of C.S. Lewis, this DVD is a heartwarming account of his marriage to Joy Davidman. It gives the viewer insight into how Lewis moved forward in faith out of the dark shadowlands following his beloved wife's death.
Slaying the Giants in Your LifeJeremiah, David2001Consolation248.8 Jer
Still StandingMerritt, James2012Suffering248.4The Bible is replete with stories of people who faced tough times and stood firm in their faith. From these stories, James Merritt uncovers guiding principles and winning strategies to help us face our own challenges and find victory in the midst of adversity.
The Boy Who Came Back From HeavenMalarkey, Kevin2010Death236 Mal
The Bumps Are What You Climb OnWiersbe, Warren W.2002Consolation248.8 Wie
The Grace of CatastropheWinebrenner, Jan2005Suffering248.86 WinCatastrophes can strike anyone, at anytime. No life is immune. No place is invulnerable. The only difference is what we do with them when they come. Jan Winebrenner writes to encourage women who have been stricken by catastrophe: cling to God for comfort and security. He uses challenges in our lives to conform us to His character. Like nothing else, devastation allows God to reveal Himself to us in unimaginable ways, drawing us into closer, deeper intimacy with Him.
The Journey Home: Finishing With JoyBright, Bill2003DeathB Bri
The Question that Never Goes Away: WhyYancey, Philip2013Consolation\Suffering248.86 YanYancey considers the plight of those devastated by the December 2013 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and the civil war in former Yugoslavia. While many who read his observations may not have directly faced the fallout of such calamities, we all face challenges to faith. As Yancey shares his experiences in places of difficulty and suffering, you'll find the strength to face your own trials, and move closer to God instead of away.
The Source of My StrengthStanley, Charles1994Consolation\Suffering248.86 StaFor those who grieve, He offers comfort. For those who struggle, He offers rest. For those overcome by pain, He offers hope and healing. To those who carry emotional burdens too large for them bear, Christ offers His strength. In this book, Dr. Charles Stanley talks honestly about his own journey through emotional pain and points readers toward the wellspring of strength. He shares his own experiences with grief and shows readers how to overcome the pain, understand the burdens, confront memories, and discover the courage and strength to live freely in God's love for them.
The Storm InsideWalsh, Sheila2014Suffering248.8 WalThe author lets women know that they can grow in the midst of their everyday storms, no matter how they may feel. Constantly teetering between daily chaos and life-changing crisis, women often feel storms brewing, are in the middle of a storm, or are facing the aftermath of a storm. Through Scripture and the sharing of personal stories, Sheila shows how heartbreak can become strength, shame lead to love, restoration undo rage, and courage overcome insignificance.
The Strength You NeedMorgan, Robert J.2016Suffering248.86 MorDo you end each day feeling exhausted and hoping God will give you energy? He already has---in the Bible! After reviewing every occurrence of the word "strength" in Scripture, Morgan identifies and explains 12 passages that offer reminders of the stamina God provides throughout our lives---sustenance that never wavers, always endures, and is continually renewed.
Trusting God's Heart: Finding Peace in Times of SorrowCox, Frank2000
248.86 CoxThis book will minister to anyone who has experienced tragic loss and grief in a relatable and loving way and with Scripture.
Walking with God through Pain and SufferingKeller, Timothy2013Suffering248.86Answers one of life's most troubling questions: why do bad things happen? This is a comprehensive pastoral treatment from a Christian perspective exploring why pain and suffering in the world exist.
What Happens When We Die?Nystrom, Carolyn1998DeathCE NysThe thought of dying can make any child sad and scared. What happens after death? Through text and scripture, children can see for themselves the reasons people die and what God has in store for them in heaven
When God Doesn't Fix ItStory, Laura2015SufferingB StoGrammy Award-winning songwriter Story had a fairy-tale life---until her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Can blessings arise from broken dreams? Tackling common myths about God and hardship, she examines what happens when life doesn't turn out as we expect---and offers assurance that although our situation may never get better, we can grow because of it.
When God Doesn't Make SenseDobson, James1993Suffering231.8 DobCancer strikes. Your spouse wants a divorce. You lose your job. When life seems unfair, it's tempting to ask "Where is God when I need him?" Offering a healthy dose of encouragement, Dobson assures us that God is still with us even though our pain blinds us to his presence
When God WeepsTada, Joni Eareckson1997Suffering248.86 TadWhen life hurts, can God be trusted? What are his purposes in the face of suffering? Joni Eareckson Tada---herself a quadriplegic---knows about pain. Now she and Pastor Steven Estes combine their deep personal experience with solid biblical foundations to help you find answers to your questions and learn to trust God---no matter what.
When the Hurt Runs DeepArthur, Kay2010Consolation\Suffering248.86 Art 8099[Audio book] Is there any purpose in our pain? Why does God allow it? Can Jesus possibly understand our hurt? In this compassionate, refreshingly honest study, Arthur shares powerful principles to help you walk through the valley of suffering and grief.
When Your World Falls ApartJeremiah, David2000Suffering248.86 JerWhen your world is falling apart, where is God? David Jeremiah shares the comfort and hope of the Psalms, showing how these truths can guide you through life's greatest challenges. You'll read inspiring real-life stories of people who have struggled with terminal illness, the loss of a child or the imprisonment of a spouse.
Where Is God When Bad Things Happen?Palau, Luis1999Consolation\Suffering248.8 Pal
Where Is God When It Hurts?Yancey, Philip1977Suffering248.86 Yan
Why Suffering?Zacharias, Ravi2014Suffering231.8The authors carefully walk you through a variety of responses that, considered cumulatively, provide a clear, comprehensive, and convincing case that God is both loving and all-powerful.
Why? Trusting God When You Don't UnderstandLotz, Anne Graham2004Consolation248.86 LotPain, grief, hardship . . . they all trigger the age-old question "Why?" Examining the heartbreaking problem of suffering, Lotz offers keen insights from the story of Lazarus and other Gospel accounts, guiding those who grieve to the ultimate answer---the Savior who has shared our anguish. A compassionate and comforting read.
Wounded by God's People: Discovering How God's Love Heals Our HeartsLotz, Anne Graham2013Suffering248.8Lotz has lived among the faithful all her life---and knows that we are quite capable of hurting one another! Drawing wisdom from the biblical story of Abraham and Hagar, she explores the ways in which the wounded can become wounders themselves---and points us toward God's merciful healing grace.
You'll Get Through ThisLucado, Max2013Suffering248.8 LucSometimes the challenges of life threaten to overwhelm us. Max Lucado encourages readers through sharing the Biblical story of Joseph. Stripped of his identity, thrown into a pit and sold as a slave, his was a story of defeat and challenges, but as time passed God worked through his circumstances to bring redemption and reconciliation.
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