Book Recommendations

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D. A. Carson

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting by Dave Furman

Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God by Nancy Guthrie

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor

Big God: How to approach SUFFERING, spread the GOSPEL, make DECISIONS and PRAY in the light of a God who really is in the DRIVING SEAT of the world by Orlando Saer

Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life by R. C. Sproul

Beside Still Waters Words Of Comfort For The Soul by Charles Spurgeon

Making Sense of Suffering by Joni Eareckson Tada

A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada

When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada

Article Links

Articles organized under the general outline of Love, Know, Speak, Do (See Paul Tripp’s Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands). You can find more resources on other subjects here.


10 Ways Not to Help a Hurting Friend

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping the Hurting

Don’t You Dare Be Caught Rejoicing with Those Who Weep – Justin Taylor

How Not to Help a Sufferer

What Not to Ask Someone Suffering | Desiring God

How to Write a Good Sympathy Card | Counseling One Another

Help in Overcoming Church Hurt | Desiring God

Personal Stories

All His Breakers and His Waves: Our Church, Suffering, and Stubborn Faith – Gospel Driven Church

Bedeviled by My Wife’s Dementia | Christianity Today

Broken But Grateful | Desiring God

Carson: The most painful things I’ve ever borne are betrayals by Christian friends | Andy Naselli

Everyday Transcendence: The 99 Balloons of Eliot Hartman Mooney | Philosophical Fragments

Family Slant: Cambodia: The Unexpected Surge

God Is Bigger Than My Cancer | Desiring God

How It Feels When Your Epileptic Child Gets To Make A Wish

Me, the Lord, Pizza, and Celiac Disease | TGC

The Beauty of Faithful Suffering – The Gospel Coalition Blog

The Promise of God in Threatening Pain | Desiring God

The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness | Her.meneutics |


36 Purposes of God in Our Suffering | Counseling One Another

Help to the Hurting: A Response to the Shooting in Las Vegas | Biblical Counseling Coalition

6 Pillars of a Christian View on Suffering – The Gospel Coalition Blog

Affliction Evangelism – Reformation21 Blog

A Hope Greater than Healing

God’s gifts in suffering (#1) Introduction | The Briefing (#2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8)

Grief — A Forgotten Apologetic |

Ministry and Suffering | The Proclamation Trust (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

Suffering, Chastisement and the Fatherly Love of God – Feeding on Christ

Book Reviews

Big God | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

The Hardest Peace | TGC | The Gospel Coalition

“That happens to be my place of healing.” « The Works of God


12 Things To Thank God For In The Midst Of Affliction

A Message to the Men of My Church: Ten Things I Learned Through Triple Bypass Heart Surgery

Borrowed Light: Joy in the Midst of Hope Deferred

Credo Magazine » Reflections: One Year Later (Fred G. Zaspel)

Don’t Waste Your Suffering | Gentle Reformation (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5)

He Knows Your Sorrows | For The Church

Hiding the things that hurt. | Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff

Hope for Chronic Suffering – Desiring God

Lessons Learned from Aortic Replacement Surgery | The Cripplegate

Moore Prayers – White Horse Inn Blog

Seeing Beyond the Suffering – Trevin Wax

The Days of Darkness Will Be Many :: Desiring God

The Grace of Affliction |

The Theology of Suffering and Reformed African Americans – Reformed African American Network

The Upward Call – The Upward Call – Afflictions sanctified by the word

Together in Suffering – Highlands Ministries Online

When God Is Silent

When You’re in a Spiritual Storm, Trust Your Instruments – Desiring God

Where Is God When Things Keep Getting Worse? | Desiring God | Praising God for my troubles | Andrée Seu Peterson

Worship in the Dark | Desiring God


20 Approaches to Battling Depression-Anxiety as Suffering | Brad Hambrick

5 Ways to Make It through a Difficult Season

A Note to Moms in Crisis | En Route

Pleasing God On Your Sickbed

Ten Lessons from a Hospital Bed | Desiring God



A Thousand Sorrows Teaches a Man to Preach – The Gospel Coalition

Beyond Self-Help | En Route

Following God Can End Badly | TGC

Google Hangout with R.C. Sproul Jr: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by Nathan W. Bingham | Ligonier Ministries Blog

Grace | Permanent Things


“Treasuring Christ and the Call to Suffer” John Piper (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4).