Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges
From the preface: “If God really does control the circumstances of our lives, why did He allow my friend to get cancer? Can I truly trust God when the going gets tough in different areas of my life? This book, then, was born out of the results of addressing needs in my own life and realizing that many other believers have similar questions and doubts. It is written from the perspective of a brother and companion to all those who are tempted at times to ask, ‘Can I really trust God?’”
How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D.A. Carson
From the cover: “Primarily, this is a book of preventative medicine. One of the major causes of devastating grief and confusion among Christians is that our expectations are false. We do not give the subject of evil and suffering the thought it deserves until we ourselves are confronted with tragedy. If by that point our beliefs—not well thought out but deeply ingrained—are largely out of step with the God who has disclosed himself in the Bible and supremely in Jesus, then the pain from the personal tragedy may be multiplied many times over as we begin to question the very foundations of our faith.”
Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God's Purpose and Provision in Suffering compiled by Nancy Guthrie
From the publisher: "Since the beginning of humanity, the question of suffering -- why it happens and how God works in it -- has existed. What are you doing, God? Why is this happening? Where are you? These questions fill our thoughts when we experience deep pain and tragedy. Having lost two young children who suffered from a rare and incurable disease, editor Nancy Guthrie has put together this helpful collection of short readings exploring the question of suffering."
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller
From Booklist: “First, Keller examines human suffering through the ages and the ways that different cultures and religions have coped. Next, he discusses what the Bible says about suffering. Finally, he offers practical advice on how to live through it. He discusses the problem of evil, the reasons for suffering, the varieties of suffering, and the necessity of hope. A luminous and ultimately hopeful examination of the many aspects of sufferings.” – June Sawyers
Notes From the Valley: A Spiritual Travelogue through Cancer, by Andy Mcquitty
In the persona of a travel writer sending notes back from the desert, Andy recounts his journey through stage IV cancer, in which he discovered what King David did in his own valley: that in suffering, God’s presence isn’t diminished, but magnified.
The Upside of Down -- Finding Hope When It Hurts, by Joseph M. Stowell
Dr. Stowell presents tribulation as God's tool to prepare Christians for His use. It is through trials that God draws us closer if we will rely on Him. Citing numerous passages of Scripture and the personal experiences of Christians who have suffered, Stowell explains that ordeals will come, but we can respond productively in the midst of trouble if we remember that there is an ultimate purpose behind our suffering and that the end of the ride is God's responsibility.