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Faith Based Resources

Books:

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering: by Timothy Keller
The question of why there is pain and suffering in the world has confounded every generation. New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller—whose books have sold millions of copies to both secular and religious readers—explores one of the most difficult questions we must answer in our lives: Why is there pain and suffering?

Heavenby Randy Alcorn
Earth can’t keep its promises, but Heaven does. This author does an awesome job of answering people’s toughest questions about what lies on the other side of death. This book is the fruit of his biblically disciplined study and his sanctified imagination. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they’re still living here on earth.

The Problem of Pain: by CS Lewis
CS Lewis, a former atheist and one of the most renowned thinkers, examines a universally applicable question within the human condition: “If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?” With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, CS Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.

When You Get To The End of Yourself: by Dr. W. T. Purkiser
“To suppose that unruffled seas and blue skies are a token of divine approval is the cruel conceit of those with whom all things go well.” —Purkiser
This solidly helpful little book is a gift for those in times of trouble. It offers no platitudes for suffering. Dr. Purkiser published this gem after Joyce, his daughter, died from a 3 year struggle with cancer.

 


Books by Kara Tippetts:

And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-bye:
In her final book Kara offers gentle reflections on living and dying well. She invites us to cultivate soft hearts even when we face great disappointment. Her ideas for living are hard-won, wrestled within the crucible of family, illness, and faith. Her constant reminder is whether we are in the midst of dark days or mundane moments life is surprisingly beautiful, and God is forever good. This is a book for anyone going through trials of any kind — not just cancer.

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together:
In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

The Hardest Peace:
Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow … and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer. In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn’t offer answers for when living is hard, but she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty.

 


Free Audio & Downloads: 

If God is good, why is there so much suffering & evil in the world?: by Timothy Keller
This free audio message is about suffering from a talk series “The Trouble with Christianity: Why it’s so Hard to Believe it”. In the midst of evil and suffering, abandoning faith will neither help you handle suffering nor understand God. We can understand God’s overwhelming love for us and the promise that evil and death will be swallowed up.

The Wounded Spirit: by Timothy Keller
We are physical beings whose spirits can be brought low by physical ailments. We are relational beings who need the love and support of friends. We are existential beings who seek to find meaning in our lives. We are faith-based beings who will always put our hope in something. Unless we put our faith and hope in God, we will never satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts.