I know I’ve featured this book as a free download before, but I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a game-changer and completely transformed my thoughts on faith and suffering. Hint – its not just “Jesus will teach me something through this” or “since other people have bigger problems I just need to get over it.” This book is a gospel-saturated look at suffering for real people.
Here’s the amazon description:
In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real) like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, best-selling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for those who can’t seem to fix themselves—or others.
This is not so much a book about Why God allows suffering or even How we should approach suffering—it is a book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is a book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross.
Download the book here.