Amazing Resources

Below are some resources I believe will really help you if you are going through a hard time. These have really blessed me and I pray that the Lord would use them to help you too! I will add to it as I come across books, blogs and so on that really help us to get a better perspective on suffering. (Some of these may be harder to get through your local library or bookstore, and for that I recommend Book Depository which has a large selection of affordable books with free delivery worldwide).

 A must-read for anyone who is going through a hard time. I have re-read this so many times, and each time the Lord has used it to help me realise how He uses even the worst times in our lives for our good and His glory. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Goodreads summary: In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith's triumph over hardship and suffering.

This is another brilliant book by Joni, who writes about suffering and how God uses it to "intrude" upon our lives as Christians. This book helped me so much during the hard times and there are some excerpts from it posted on this blog (see this post and this post). If you haven't already, you should definately read this book!

'Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story' by Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada
You can read my review of this book here.

Goodreads summary: This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love ... in sickness and in health. Even the honeymoon wasn't easy. Did Ken realize what he was getting into when he proposed to Joni, a quadriplegic woman? As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for Joni, who begins to experience chronic, extreme, nightmarish pain. Ken sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves on parallel tracks in life, married and living under the same roof but drifting apart emotionally. But as they fight for their marriage and find their way through the mazes of depression and pain, they wrap their two lives around their rock---Jesus. During Ken's denial of Joni's diagnosis, and Joni's thoughts of how wonderful a quick exit to heaven would be, they experience a personal visitation with the savior you will never forget.

Based on Joni Eareckson Tada's ministry to those with a disability. Joni has a blog on there with articles worth reading.

'The Hiding Place' by Corrie ten Boom
This is an amazing book - I read it and ever since have begun to appreciate how much suffering the Lord has in reality spared me from. Another book that I highly recommend!

Goodreads summary:  Corrie ten Boom was a woman admired the world over for her courage, her forgiveness, and her memorable faith. In World War II, she and her family risked their lives to help Jews escape the Nazis, and their reward was a trip to Hitler’s concentration camps. But she survived and was released—as a result of a clerical error—and now shares the story of how faith triumphs over evil. For thirty-five years Corrie’s dramatic life story, full of timeless virtues, has prepared readers to face their own futures with faith, relying on God’s love to overcome, heal, and restore... The Hiding Place tells the riveting story of how a middle-aged Dutch watchmaker became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s death camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century.

'Into the Deep' by Robert Rogers
Read this post for my review of this amazing autobiography.

Goodreads summary: On the evening of August 30, 2003, Robert and Melissa Rogers and their four young children were driving home from a family wedding. Caught in a flash flood, Melissa and the children all drowned. "Into the Deep" is the compelling story of how one man's faith took root and blossomed through trials, blessings, and a deepening trust in God. 
The ministry started by Robert Rogers. 
A website by Wendy van Eyck, whose husband has been diagnosed with cancer. As she goes through this really difficult time, she has been writing some really helpful blog posts on the subject of suffering. I highly recommend you check them out! 

 Joy: A Godly Woman's Adornment by Lydia Brownback
This little devotional, while short and sweet, is a real gem and certianly one I would be quick to recommend. She inspires us to look to the Lord and to be filled with joy despite the trials.

Goodreads Summary:  God's Word tells us of all that is ours through his Son. Our security is guaranteed, our provision is sure. In the face of such abundant life, why is our joy so often stolen from us? Undoubtedly we pass through seasons of difficulty, sorrow, and uncertainty. But real joy isn't conditional on circumstances, is it? How are we to pursue joy in seasons of both plenty and need? This newest addition to a series of small devotional books for women teaches that we will only find perpetual joy when we pursue Christ. Brownback helps women understand that their joy is not circumstantial, but built on the promises of God and the work of Jesus. Forty-two short devotionals look to Scripture for words of encouragement, correction, wisdom, and guidance to help women adorn themselves with joy.

'One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are' by Ann Voskamp
While I don't necessarily agree with everything Ann Voskamp writes in this book, it was really helpful in getting me to see that I need to be thanking God for everything and turn the mundane or the sad into worship towards Him for everything He has blessed me with. You can read my review of it here

Goodreads Summary: Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. 'How, ' Ann wondered, 'do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long---and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?' In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted ... a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved --- by God. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all.

'M' Words and the Christian Woman
'M' stands for many words that Christian women struggle with: mistakes, maturity, men, marriage, motherhood, money, menopause, making a difference. If you are a Christian woman going through trials, I recommend you take some time to spend on this website by Jo Wilmer to have some encouragement through this sister in Christ. :) Draw your strength from the Lord!

'Power in Praise' by Merlin R. Carothers
This was a brilliant read, and while I didn't agree with all the theology in it, I found this a supurb read, something I think all Christians who go through trials should read. Mr Carothers emphasises our need to praise God in EVERYTHING: including the trials we face in life.

Goodreads Summary: Power in Praise brings together some of the miracles wrought by the simple application of Bibical truth: all things work together for good. Power in Praise is a simple clear explanation of how and why the principles introduced in Prison to Praise work in every-day life.

 This book helps you to appreciate the trials you are in and to stay strong in the Lord in them, once you have seen how much Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs, suffered for his faith under communism. He encourages us as Christians to stay strong throughout the trials, no matter how severe, and to continue to serve and teach others about God.

Goodreads Summary: Imprisoned by the Romanian Communists for his work in the Christian Underground, and subjected to medieval torture, Wurmbrand kept his faith and strengthened it. For fourteen years, he shared that faith with suffering cellmates and gave them solace. In solitary confinement, he tapped out his message of hope and Christian love. In Room Four, the "death room", he helped dying patients even though his lungs were riddled with tuberculosis and his body lacerated and bloody from whips and kicks. Anguished over the fate of his wife and son, he could still tell jokes and stories to make despairing prisoners laugh. Sorely tempted by the promise of release and reprieve, he refused to become a Communist collaborator. And the miracle is that he survived. With humble gratitude to God and Christ, he tells his personal story. It's an inspiring drama of triumphant faith.

Read my review of this book here.

Goodreads Summary: This is the story of the reluctant exodus, when the last China Inland Mission members were forced from Communist China. The experiences of Arthur and Wilda Mathews answer the question: Can a Christian grow in the direst circumstances?

Gitzen Girl: Choose Joy 
A blog by a lady who suffered Ankylosing Spondylitis who has sadly now passed away. However, during her life she wrote some amazing articles on this blog about choosing joy in the hard times that are well worth reading. The blog is updated occasionally in honour of her memory.

 God bless!

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