Suggested Reading on Illness, Healing & Suffering

Believe in Miracles, but Trust in Jesus by Adrian Rogers, Crossway Books, 1997. A study of the seven miracles recorded in the Gospel of John showing that the purpose of every miracle is to set our sights on the real answer to our needs: Jesus.

Bend in the Road by David Jeremiah, Word Publishing, 2000. Cancer survivor/author/pastor Dr. David Jeremiah shares how to experience God when your world caves in.

Cancer Journey: A Caregiver’s view from the passenger seat by Cynthia Zahm Siegfried, Pleasant Word, 2010. Hope, support and spiritual guidance for caregivers of  those living with life-threatening illness.

Confronting Life-threatening Illness through the Power of Positional Thinking by John Packo, Christian Publications 2001. An important distinction between positive thinking and positional thinking,  based on thinking “correctly” about life’s struggles in light of the believer’s position in Christ

Coping with Cancer by John Packo, Christian Publications, 1991. A pastor/cancer survivor shares 12 creative choices cancer patients can make to fight cancer, beginning with “I did not choose cancer, but I choose to trust God for courage to cope with it.” Balanced look at roles of conventional therapies and spiritual resources.

Don’t Waste Your Cancer by John Piper, pastor/cancer survivor, who  shares 10 ways for a believer not to waste a cancer diagnosis. Available as a booklet or audio CD at www.desiringod.org .

Death and the Life After by Billy Graham, Word Publishing, 1987Helps people get practically and spiritually ready to die by addressing such issues as the afterlife, euthanasia, suicide and living wills.

Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey, Zondervan Publishing, 1988. A treatise on suffering which answers three questions posed by sufferers: Is God unfair? Is God silent? and Is God hidden?

50 Days of Hope by Lynn Eib, Tyndale House, 2012. Fifty short readings of encouragement for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their caregivers.  A “safe” book to give even those with only a nominal belief in God.  The gospel is not compromised, but presented in a non-cliché way.

Finding the Light in Cancer’s Shadow: Hope, humor & healing after treatment by Lynn Eib, Tyndale House, 2006. For those who have finished initial treatment and now live in the shadow of cancer. The only such book on the market from a Christian perspective. Written in seeker-sensitive style.

The God of All Comfort by Judy Gann, Living Ink Books, 2005.  Devotions for those who chronically suffer.

God, Medicine & Miracles by Dr. Daniel E. Fountain, Harold Shaw Publishers,1999. This missionary doctor shares real-life stories and insightful studies to develop a balance between faith, medicine and ultimate spiritual hope.

He Cares New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs, Tyndale House, 2007, with inspirational commentary by Lynn Eib for those dealing with serious and/or chronic illness.  Includes a Topical Index, which allows even those completely unfamiliar with the Bible to find scriptural encouragement. Commentary written in seeker-sensitive style.

The Healing Power of a Christian Mind by Dr. William Backus, Bethany House Publishers, 1996. A Christian psychologist discusses how biblical truth can keep people healthy.

If God is So Good, Why Do I Feel So Bad? by David Biebel, Revell, 1989. A discussion of suffering and God’s part in it based on the two seemingly contradictory premises that “sometimes life is agony” and “our loving God is in control.”

Israel’s Divine Healer by Michael Brown, Zondervan Publishing, 1995. A complete and systematic look at God as the Divine Healer. Written by a Messianic Jewish pastor/scholar.

Mosaic Moments: Devotions for the Chronically Ill by Lisa Copen, 2003. Written by the founder of Rest Ministries which serves millions of people with chronic illness.

New Light on Depression: Help, Hope and Answers for the Depressed and Those Who Love Them by David B. Biebel and Harold G. Koenig, Zondervan, 2004. A medically reliable and biblically sound guide to finding strength and faith in the midst of depression.

NIV Encouragement Bible, Zondervan,  2001. A devotional Bible “for those who hurt,” edited by Joni Eareckson Tada and Dave and Jan Dravecky.  An excellent resource for Christians.

Peace in the Face of Cancer by Lynn Eib, Tyndale House, 2017. Whether the cancer is considered, in remission, cured or chronic, it is possible to find peace as we face it as the patient or the caregiver. Suitable for any time on the cancer journey, but especially appropriate for those whose cancer is considered ‘treatable, not curable.”

A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliott. Servant Publications, 1990Discovering the relationship between God’s mercy and our pain. Written by religion professor/author whose first husband was murdered and her second died from cancer.

Praying through Cancer: Set your heart free from fear by Susan Sorensen and Laura Geist, W Publishing Group, 2006. A 90-day devotional for women with contributions by Barbara Johnson, Pat Palau, Kay Warren, Joyce Wright, Lynn Eib and others.

Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ by J. Todd Billings, Brazos Press, 2015. Written by a theologian diagnosed at 39 with incurable cancer.

When God & Cancer Meet: True stories of hope and healing by Lynn Eib, Tyndale House Publishers, 2002. Eighteen real life stories of God’s amazing touch in the lives (body, mind and spirit) of cancer patients and their families, as well as a chapter on oncologist Dr. Marc Hirsh’s spiritual journey to become a Messianic Jew. Written for believers, as well as seekers.

When God Doesn’t Heal Now by Larry Keefauver, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000. This excellent book sheds biblical clarity on dangerous myths about healing which can sabotage faith and erode hope. How to walk by faith while facing pain, suffering or death.

When God Doesn’t Make Sense by James Dobson, Tyndale House, 1993. An immensely practical book for those struggling with trials and heartaches they can’t understand; helping them to see God is not betraying them in their time of need.

When God Says No by Leith Anderson, Bethany House Publishers, 1996. Discovering the God of Hope behind the answer we’d rather not hear. A thorough, biblical probe of the great mysteries of prayer.

When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada, Zondervan Publishing House, 1997. Written by a  quadriplegic (since 1967) and a pastor. Tackles tough questions about heaven, hell, horrors and hardships and why God allows suffering.

Where is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey, Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1990. A thought-provoking look at the hard questions believers ask when suffering and trials come.

Why Me?: A Doctor Looks at the Book of Job by Dr. Diane Komp, Intervarsity Press, 2001A Yale medical professor of pediatric oncology tackles the painful questions of suffering by sharing modern-day “Job” stories.

Will God Heal Me? by Ronald Dunn, Multnomah Books, 1997. An excellent scriptural dissertation on healing, including a chapter on the doctrine of “Atonement Healing. Especially good for those being told that healing is guaranteed if they only believe.