10 Top Resources on Grief and Loss
God’s Healing for Life’s Losses by Bob Kellemen, BMH Books
Don’t let the size of this book deceive you at all. Although small and brief—written in gift-book format—the truths Dr. Kellemen walks through are shared in a manner which is compassionate, pastoral, and Christ-centered. Each chapter includes poignant questions to be answered and reflected upon—both for individual use and small group interaction. A worthy and very valuable resource for every biblical counselor and for all who suffer loss.
A list of this nature would be incomplete without this classic, short work from the beloved C.S. Lewis. Written after his wife’s death, Lewis reflects wisely and honestly on life and death, pain and suffering, grief and loss. His conclusions at the end of his journey are worth the read through this work.
Perhaps a surprising choice here, but one which every biblical counselor can benefit from. Chapell, in his eminently warm and inviting style, offers actual sermons on a host of difficult issues such as miscarriage, early infant loss, SIDS, cancer, murder, accidental death and much more. Each sermon brims with Scripture and hope in the living Christ.
One of the best books on the topic of grief, suffering, and loss from the pen of one who wrestled deeply and theologically with the loss of his son. Wolterstorff’s thoughts and musings are raw and realistic, but filled with hope in the Suffering Christ. This will undoubtedly be a Christian classic for many generations.
Guthrie assembles various short chapters from some of evangelical Christianity’s most luminous corners. Authors and contributors include John Piper, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, J.I. Packer, Timothy Keller, Joni Eareckson Tada and many more. Each chapter is unique and falls into one of four larger book divisions. Each individual essay is easily worked through with a counselee facing death or comforting someone who has experienced loss. Also recommended would Nancy’s companion book, Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God’s Purpose & Provision in Suffering.
For a go-to resource on helping a family navigate rough waters following a death in the family, David and Nancy Guthrie are authors you will find yourself coming back to with frequency. David and Nancy Guthrie’s personal story of loss out of which their writing comes from is filled with personal hope. Each chapter includes an interview as well as helpful discussion questions.
I’ve long considered this book a Christian classic for my generation. Borne out of Bridge’s loving care for his wife through her battle with cancer, Trusting God is Bridges at his best. Thoroughly biblical, eminently readable, Bridges encourages those struggling to place their trust in an all-wise, all-loving, sovereign God.
Horatius Bonar has given us a real gem in this book. From the cover, “A prayerful exploration of the reasons God may permit suffering in the life of one of his loved ones. There are practical suggestions on how to cope with the mystery and pain of personal suffering.”
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