Encouraging words for difficult times

We understand that health problems can be one of the greatest sources of stress or worry, whether it’s your own health or that of someone you know and love. When that happens, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and feel as though God has forgotten you, but, luckily, this is not the case.  

In fact, God is using these moments to work through you, and Paul writes in Romans that “we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).  

We know that this can be difficult to remember, and it doesn’t necessarily mean it will stop the worry or stress. Yet if you are in need of a reminder of God’s faithfulness as you walk through this trying time, we’ve put together a list of books that will point you toward Him and His Word.  

If you would ever like someone to talk to, please know that we are here for you. Our ministry team would be more than happy to sit down and speak or pray with you and your loved ones, and they can be reached at 888-551-2583, extension 3.  

Anxious for Nothing by John MacArthur 

 In this book, John MacArthur explains how we can truly overcome uncertainty, defeat doubt and be truly worry-free based on sound Biblical insights. A personal and group study guide is also included.  

Available at Amazon for $17.99. 

Found: God’s Peace by John MacArthur 

Based on Anxious for Nothing, MacArthur has written another book to help show how to lead a life free from worry through daily prayer, right thinking and action based on Biblical truths.  

Also available at Amazon for $5.99 

God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison 

 Combining personal experience and Scripture, David Powlison explores how God enters into our suffering and works through our struggles. No matter the circumstance, God’s grace goes deeper than we could ever imagine.  

Available at Amazon for $11.99 

The Scars that Have Shaped Me by Vaneetha Rendall Risner 

 By age 13, Vaneetha Risner had already had 21 surgeries. As a young wife, she suffered multiple miscarriages. Yet throughout all of this, Risner realized that something greater was at work, and that a sovereign God was offering her sustaining grace. 

Available here 

Why Me? by Roger Carswell 

 Through twelve true stories, Roger Carswell demonstrates how faith in Jesus has kept these men and women going at the darkest points in their life, and how you can do the same. 

Available at The Gospel Coalition for $6.07  

How to Handle Trouble – Jay Adams 

Trouble is something we all deal with, and it can come in a variety of forms: the loss of a child, divorce, one’s health, etc. Here, Adams explains how God uses these troublesome situations to bring about good by focusing on Philippians 1:12-26. 

Available on Amazon for $5.99 

Help for the Caregiver by Michael Emlet 

 Dr. Michael Emlet understands that in order to continue caring for someone you love, you often need support and help too. By thinking Biblically, Dr. Emlet lays out an approach to handling these struggles and that of your loved ones. 

Available at Christian Book for $3.99 

What Grieving People Wish You Knew by Nancy Guthrie 

 When we encounter someone who is grieving, we don’t always know how to react. Maybe we’ll say the wrong thing, or maybe we should give them time to grieve alone. Throughout this book, Guthrie offers advice on what to say or not to say after drawing on her own experience and that of others.  

Available on Amazon for $12.99 

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