A Step Further

Originally published in 1978, A Step Further is Joni Eareckson Tada’s response to thousands of letters she received from people puzzled about the “whys” of suffering. Joni answers these questions by taking a personal look at how God has used circumstances, people, and events in her own life and the lives of others.

Mending Your Heart in a Broken World

For some, the world is a painful and fractured place — a place where their spirits have been tainted by tragedy, intimidation, and the loss of love or loved ones. In this book, Patsy Clairmont addresses this pain and suggests that those in search of healing turn to the book of Nehemiah for insight, instruction, and encouragement. Through Nehemiah, the reader will learn how to guard her heart and how to open the doors when trust is required; how to live with a servant’s heart and how to overcome the fear of subjection; and when to work and when to pray. Using scripture and stories from her own experiences as well as those of others, Patsy illustrates how hearts and dreams can be rejuvenated and rebuilt and that the trip through the valley can lead to the mountaintop.

Author: Patsy Clairmont

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The Faces of Death

How can I cope with daily life, knowing someone in my family is going to die soon?

How can I get over the hurt and pain when someone I love has died?

How can I keep on going through the motions of living when I know I’m dying?

How can I help when my friend is hurting over a death of someone she loved?

How can I help my friend who has a serious illness and may be dying soon?

How can I help a friend who is depressed and has hinted of killing himself?

When one of death’s faces turns to you, how will you react?

In The Faces of Death, Dianna Booher offers help to youth in gaining a clearer understanding of death as part of life.

Author: Dianna Daniels Booher

In God’s Waiting Room: Learning Through Suffering

This valuable book is the tender, sensitive account of the ups and downs, the patience, and the victory in knowing God’s love in times of need. After Preaching many years on Christian’s response to sickness and suffering, Lehman Strauss has had to learn firsthand about the affliction God allows for His own. Dr. Strauss felt for himself the agony of helplessness and despair when his wife, Elise, suffered a severe stroke. Dr. Strauss’s willingness to bare his own feelings, and his expert exposition of key Scripture passages on suffering, will encourage every Christian who is called upon to spend time in God’s waiting room.

Author: Lehman Strauss

Where’s God When it Hurts?

If there is a loving God, then why… ? You’ve heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain. Does God order our suffering? Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Or did he simply wind up the world’s mainspring and now is watching from a distance? In this Gold Medallion Award–winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn’t make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn’t know what to say.

Author: Philip Yancey

A Grief Observed

A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.

Author: C.S. Lewis

I Don’t Know How to be a Widow

After graduating from high school in Campbellsville, Kentucky, Brenda went to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C. She met and married her first husband, Ron Fahey on September 21, 1968. On March 20, 1995, Brenda’s life took a sudden turn when she returned home from work to find that Ron had died suddenly. The journal that she began that night not only includes the two years after Ron’s death but also covers the loss of Billy, her second husband, in March of 2002. I Don’t Know How to be a Widow: My Journal of Faith and Hope, has been called “timeless.” We all have (or probably will) suffer the loss of someone we cherish. Brenda’s journal shows that God’s grace and mercy are new each morning and will never fail. Brenda’s speaking is full of faith, hope, and lessons learned (such as the value of maintaining a good sense of humor.)

Author: Brenda Brown

My Heart Will Always Cry

In the early morning hours of January 14, 2000, Janell slept soundly. On several occasions in the past, she had been awakened from sleep with an urgency to pray for her children. This didn’t happen that Friday morning. Instead, she was awakened at 6 a.m. by a phone call that would change her life forever.

My Heart Will Always Cry is the true account of Janell’s life as she weaves together a fascinating journey. She shares the joys and drama of raising children, coping with life changes, and the importance of faith. Janell walks through the darkest season of her life in an emotionally raw, heartfelt, and honest description of losing a child and dealing with grief, guilt, and heartache. Through her journey, her faith in God is evident as she shares the hope of heaven, the assurance of salvation, and the grace and peace that can only come from a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a poignant, gripping and inspirational story of the consequences of life choices, overcoming great tragedy, and finding comfort and hope in the midst of pain and sorrow.

Author: Janell Haworth Desmond

Forever After (Hanover Falls Series Book #2)

A fire killed his best friend and his lifelong dream of
BEING a firefighter. The same fire killed her husband AND
HER hopes for a family. Can new dreams replace old?

Lucas Vermontez was a proud firefighter like his father. Now, not only has he lost his father and his best friend, Zach, in the fire at the Grove Street homeless shelter, but the devoted rookie can no longer do the work he loves after being crippled in the tragic event. When friendship with his buddy’s beautiful widow turns into more, he wonders what he could possibly offer Jenna? Jenna Morgan is trying to grieve her husband’s death like a proper widow, but the truth is, she never really loved Zach. His death feels more like a relief to her. But that relief is short-lived when she loses her home and the financial support of her in-laws. Now the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her future.

Can the two forget the painful past and discover new reasons to live and love?

Author: Deborah Raney