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4 Books to Read When God Hasn’t Ended Your Suffering

4 Books to Read When God Hasn't Ended Your Suffering - AmyLu-Riley.comWhen God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without

by Laura Story (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

This book is dedicated to blasting away some lies about suffering, and it is a treasure. It’s the account of the life of award-winning musician Laura Story (remember the song Blessings?) and her husband Martin, before and after his surgery for a brain tumor. I was prompted to look further into one of the ideas in Story’s book, which I talked about in this blog entry.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society

by Eugene Peterson (InterVarsity Press, 2d Ed., 2000)

In chapter 12, titled Hope, Peterson exposits on Psalm 130, written from a perspective of suffering. I loved the insightful quotes from George MacDonald and Augustine.

In chapter 13, titled Humility, he relates a beautiful image (drawn from and quoting from Charles Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David; Zondervan, 1950; and Artur Weiser’s The Psalms, Westminster Press, 1962) about loving and forming a deeper relationship with the God who won’t end your suffering.

Discerning the Voice of God

by Priscilla Shirer (Moody Publishers, Revised and updated version, 2012)

In the chapter titled Greater Expectations, Shirer beautifully paints a picture of the changes can take place in the heart of the believer who is waiting for God, and how deeply the waiting matters to our spiritual formation. She discusses how waiting leads to intimacy with God, deepens our faith, and quickens our obedience.

Faith with Wings

by AmyLu Riley (AmyLu Riley, forthcoming)

God can use the suffering he didn’t want to birth a new creation. And that sounds wonderful until you’re the one living it—especially with chronic health problems. Through her meditations, conversations with God, and wrestling with Scripture the author shares how her faith grew past survival skills to something better.

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