18 New Books on Suffering

Over the span of two years we have been blessed with at least 18 new titles on various topics under the umbrella of suffering and grieving — loneliness, depression, disability, chronic pain, terminal illness, raising special needs kids, and grieving lost children.

Here’s a chronological list of the valuable titles that have caught my attention (and let me know what books I missed in the comments).

Zack Eswine, Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression (Nov. 20, 2015).

Betsy Childs Howard, Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed (May 31, 2016).

Andrew and Rachel Wilson, The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs (June 30, 2016).

Phil Ryken, When Trouble Comes (June 30, 2016).

Dave Furman, Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting (Aug. 31, 2016).

Nancy Guthrie, What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps, and What Really Hurts (Sept. 30, 2016).

Joni Eareckson Tada, A Spectacle of Glory: God’s Light Shining through Me Every Day (Oct. 4, 2016).

Vaneetha Rendall Risner, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering (Oct. 12, 2016).

Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life (Oct. 25, 2016).

Douglas Taylor, I Shall Not Die, But Live: Facing Death with Gospel Hope (Dec. 13, 2016).

Lydia Brownback, Finding God in My Loneliness (Feb. 28, 2017).

Russ Ramsey, Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (Mar. 14, 2017).

Sarah Walton and Kristen Wetherell, Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (Mar. 27, 2017).

Brian Tabb, Suffering in Ancient Worldview (Apr. 20, 2017).

Richard Belcher, Job: The Mystery of Suffering and God’s Sovereignty (June 2, 2017).

Kelly Kapic, Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering (June 6, 2017).

David Powlison, God’s Grace in Your Suffering (Feb. 28, 2018).

Jack Deere, Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life (Apr. 10, 2018).

60 Books to Watch for in 2017


With the help of gracious publishers my book reading can stay two or three months ahead of scheduled book launches. This gives me the margin I need to schedule author interviews early and ultimately to complete my books of the year list by around Halloween. For me it also means that by the time Christmas rolls around I’m usually a half-dozen books into the New Year of forthcoming titles.

So I find it helpful, at the turn of the new year, to inventory the forthcoming titles we can expect to see in the spring and to write out a preliminary list of all the books that catch my eye. I have never published this list before, but I will this year. To be clear: These are not books I’m endorsing or advocating for, simply titles that have caught my attention and will be given more time in the months ahead.

As I expected, the non-fiction Christian market in 2017 is going to be strong! So here we go. The 50 55 60 66 77 titles that catch my attention.

Some of the Best Books of 2016 (So Far)


Today I begin compiling my list of the best books of 2016 (Christian non-fiction). Here are the 40 titles on my radar so far. Having spent most of the year writing a book, I’m just now catching up. What have I missed? [* = newly added]

Personal Update


It’s been a busy month of content to process, so I figured I would post some updates on my recent writings, recordings, reads, and listens.

In the last month, written or recorded:

As my smartphone book wraps up in the next month, my summer reading plan is coming together, a little more heady than normal (but not by much):

Current reading/writing tunes:

New Goodreads book reviews (here) for:

The 70 Best Books of 2015


2015 was, for Christian publishing (non-fiction), insane. My list of contenders for book of the year is down to 70 selections, the most ever. Now begins the long process of trying evaluate and rank them in some sense of order and priority.

Here’s the list:

Tell me in the comments: What’s your book of the year 2015?

The 50 Best Books of 2015 (So Far)


2015 is 60% over, and that means all the books for the year have either been released or announced. In the summer months I begin to compile a rough list of about 50 of the potentially best Christian (non-fiction) books of the year into a list that I will use to pick my top choices in November.

[Update: The list has nearly topped 70 titles — thanks for the wonderful suggestions.]

Here’s my list:

Of course I need your help on this community project of trying to pull in all the contenders. Tweet me or comment here: What books from 2015 have I missed?