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Helpful Books on Growing through Suffering:

  • Tracks of a Fellow Struggler: How to Handle Grief by John Claypool.  This short classic gives us 5 messages preached by Pastor Claypool after his daughter was diagnosed with cancer and later after she died.  His frankness is stunning.  His theology is pristine.  His perspective is healing.
  • Brokenness: How God Redeems Pain and Suffering by Lon Solomon.  Lon is a pastor who writes from the crucible of raising a brain-damaged daughter.  It lays helpful foundations for suffering well.
  • From Grief to Glory: A Book of Comfort for Grieving Parents by James Bruce III.  Bruce writes as a theologian grieving the lost of his own son.  He draws on his rich knowledge of history and biography to walk us through what grieving parents of the past have to offer us today.  Many quotes from this book have become bulwarks for us in our pain.
  • A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows Through Loss by Jerry Sittser.  This celebrated book was recommended to us often, and did not disappoint us.  Professor Sittser writes from the unspeakable pain of seeing his beloved wife and children killed by a drunk driver.  He writes with eloquent and jarring honesty, refusing easy answers that fall short of life’s painful realities.
  • Hope: The One Year Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie.  She offers gentle, soaking healing rain in a day by day devotional written in response to the loss of two children.  Over the course of a year she covers the gamut of questions one faces while in pain.
Other Resources the Don't Waste the Pain Team Have Found Helpful for Growing through Pain:
  • A Prayer of Surrender adapted by David Lyons from teaching materials of Grace Ministries in Manassas, VA.  This one page prayer has been a life-changer for many who have come to the end of themselves.
  • Thank You Holy Spirit written by David Lyons.  This simple compilation of short thank-you notes written to the Holy Spirit help us to put life in perspective when you are in pain.
  • My Daily Prayer adapted and expanded by David Lyons from a prayer in Waking the Dead by John Eldredge.  When you realize that you and your life are under serious attack by Satan the destroyer, this potent prayer enables you to fight back and get perspective.
  • Don’t Waste the Pain: A Sermon by David Lyons.  This is a brief glimpse of the heart of the book by the same title.