books that address grief, loss, & bereavement

    God's Healing for Life's Losses: How to Find Hope When You're Hurting

  1. A book complete on grief, loss, and despair that encourages the reader to seek God as their source of healing.
  2. When Your Father Dies by Dave Veerman & Bruce Barton

  3. Experiencing the death of a parent is a traumatic experience for anyone. For men, though, the death of a father is uniquely and deeply traumatic. Whether or not a father and son are close in life, they are undeniably connected-and this is acutely evident to a man when his father dies. At that moment, a man realizes how much of his identity has been defined by his father. The powerful emotions and life adjustments that follow Dad's passing catch most men completely off guard.
  4. Through a Season of Grief by Bill Dunn and Kathy Leonard

  5. If you've lost a spouse, child, family, member, or friend, you've discovered that few people understand the deep hurt you feel. Through a Season of Grief is the first 365-day devotional designed to support and uplift you in the first, most difficult year of bereavement.
  6. When Life Is Changed Forever by Rick Taylor

  7. Here is an honest journey into the depths of God's love for all those who have experienced the complicated and often conflicting emotions brought about by the death of someone near. The book walks you through three important steps: feeling death, facing death, and learning to live again.
  8. Where is God When Bad Things Happen?: Finding Solace in Times of Trouble by Luis Palau

  9. In the best selling tradition of "A Grief Observed" by C.S. Lewis and Harold S. Kushner's "When Bad Things Happen to Good People", one of the world's most popular evangelists offers a message of hope for people in times of suffering.
  10. The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

  11. The Problem of Pain, the first of a series of popular works on Christian doctrine, was written in 1940, twenty years before his beloved wife, Joy Davidman, died of cancer in the third year of their short-lived marriage. In the book Lewis considers the problem of suffering from a purely theoretical standpoint.
  12. Experiencing Grief by H. Norman Wright

  13. Experiencing Grief is written for a person who is in the wake of despair grief leaves. This brief but powerful book will help lead readers out of their grief experience through five stages of grief. At the end of the journey is peace and a seasoned, more mature faith.
  14. Standing On the Promises by Lewis Smedes

  15. Dr. Lewis Smedes offers a treasure-trove of insights and true stories about hope--what it is, how to become a more hopeful person, and how God's faithfulness endures even when hope falters.
  16. Recovering From the Losses of Life by H. Norman Wright

  17. Writing from his experience, Wright covers such issues as the meaning of grief, blaming God, and learning to express and share grief.
  18. Facing the Death of Someone You Love by Elisabeth Elliot

  19. Elisabeth Elliot's practical words of comfort will guide others through their sorrow at the time of loss and give them reassurance that their God will never abandon them.and makes use of what has been developed in 12 step, self-help and dysfunctional family-related groups.
  20. A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot

  21. Elliot plots the treacherous passage through pain, grief, and loss, a journey most of us will make many times in our life. Through it all, she says, there is only one reliable path, and if you walk it, you will see the transformation of all your losses, heartbreaks, and tragedies into something strong and purposeful.
  22. Helping People Through Grief by Delores Kuenning

  23. This book will teach you how to show care and concern during a loss or crisis and is based on true experiences dealing with issues such as death, illness, suicide and violence.
  24. The Path of Loneliness: Finding Your Way Through the Wilderness to God by Elisabeth Elliot

  25. Twice widowed herself, beloved writer Elisabeth Elliot knows firsthand the pain of loneliness.
  26. A Grief Observed by CS Lewis

  27. After four brief, intensely happy years of marriage, C.S. Lewis found himself alone and inconsolable. Cancer had taken the life of his wife and shook his faith to its very foundations. To defend himself against the loss of belief in God, he wrote this journal, now a classic, seen as an eloquent statement of rediscovered faith. He freely confesses his doubts, his rage and his awareness of human frailty. In doing so, he finds his way back to life.
  28. Beyond the Mirror by Henri J.M. Nouwen

  29. After his recovery from an accident in which his spleen was ruptured, Nouwen realizes he's very much alive, but to what purpose? His perspective on death changes as he realizes the doors to eternity are a part of living each day in the expectation of a new birth.
  30. Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot

  31. The unforgettable true story of five men who braved Auca lances. This edition includes a follow-up chapter that will give readers a unique perspective.
  32. Confessions of a Grieving Christian by Zig Ziglar

  33. On May 13, 1995, God called Zig Ziglar's oldest daughter, Suzan, home. Journeying through his own grief, Ziglar realized many things about himself, his family, his priorities, and God. In this comforting book, he uses his experience to encourage you to deal with the reality of loss and learn to take up the threads of life again as you find consolation and inspiration in the Giver of All Peace.
  34. Where is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey

  35. Yancey speaks to anyone for whom life sometimes just doesn't make sense. This book will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain, but just doesn't know what to say. Yancey addresses the penetrating questions, "If there is a loving God, then why is it that...?
  36. A Grace Disguised by Gerald Sittser

  37. Sittser wrote this book in the wake of a tragic accident that claimed his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. His conclusion is that, in coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life through the grace of God.
  38. Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse by Robert C. De Vries, Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge

  39. Two healing professionals who both lost spouses to death provide empathy, valuable psychological insights, biblical observations, and male and female perspectives to help you experience grief in the healthiest, most complete way.
  40. Coping with Life After Your Mate Dies by Donald C. Cushenbery, Rita C. Cushenbery

  41. The authors write from personal experience, encouraging surviving spouses to face head-on the daily decisions that they must make after losing a spouse, including: physical needs, where to live, handling finances, avoiding scams, contemplating remarriage. Each has lost a spouse, grieved and eventually discovered a new life beyond grief.
  42. A Life God Rewards: Why Everything You Do Today Matters Forever by Bruce Wilkinson

  43. What happens when we die? This is one of the key questions tackled in this informative release, offering a possible glimpse into eternity and the afterlife. neW!
  44. Heaven: Your Real Home by Joni Eareckson Tada

  45. In this devotional with excerpts from Joni's best-seller, Heaven: Finding Your True Home, you’ll learn what heaven is like, who will be there, and how you can prepare your heart here on earth for the reality of heaven.
  46. Eternity by Joseph M. Stowell

  47. Joseph Stowell shows how using heaven as our point of reference can lend new balance to our life on earth and provide fresh alternatives for a world filled with hollow pursuits.
  48. One Minute After You Die: A Preview of Your Final Destination by Erwin W. Lutzer

  49. Don't be fooled! You can know for sure what awaits you on the other side of this life. For some, it will be eternal bliss; for others, everlasting pain and torment. Which side will you be on?
  50. Why? Trusting God When You Don't Understand by Anne Graham Lotz

  51. Can you keep on trusting God when bad things are happening all around you - when the pain is sharp and the doubt is deep and it's impossible to see the sense in it all?
  52. Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey

  53. Yancey studies questions in search of answers to the hidden nature of God.
  54. When God Doesn't Make Sense by James Dobson

  55. A lot of things in life are a mystery and even when we can't make sense of them, God calls us to still trust him.
  56. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

  57. Walking you through a 40 day devotional, this will help you examine your life purpose, not from your perspective, but from God's.