Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is a robust resource from best selling author Timothy Keller on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them.
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
The Problem of Pain, by C.S. Lewis compasionately examines the question, “If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?”
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss validates the grief process and its many forms. Its illustrated children’s book format makes it great for families dealing with loss.
Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life Emily Freeman is my spirit animal. I love this book and you will too.
The Rest of the Gospel: When the Partial Gospel Has Worn You Out is great for anyone who is on the edge of breaking but afraid to fall apart. The beginning of grace is when we come to the end of ourselves.