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

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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)

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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]