“ Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13
- Cameron Cole on the Value of Pain and Suffering- Rooted 2020 by Cameron Cole
- Helping Our Students Interpret Their Suffering by Jared Burkholder
- He Meant to Pass By Them: What is Our Hope in Suffering? by John Pond
- Suffering and Sovereignty: How to Help Your Students Embrace the Tension by Mike McGarry
- A Basic Strategy for Pastoring to Kids in Tragedy: Four Tips by Cameron Cole
- Teaching Teens a Theology of Suffering in a Time of School Shootings by Kendal Conner
- Shame, Suffering, and Authenticity in Youth Group by Shaun McDonald
- God, Evil, Suffering, & Teens: Part 3- Humanity and God’s Solution to Evil by Mark Howard
- God, Evil, Suffering, and Teens: Part 2- So, Where Does Evil Come From? by Mark Howard
- God, Evil, Suffering, and Teens: Part 1- (Re)Framing the Conversation by Mark Howard
- Podcasts and Videos
Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow and Holding Onto Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God by Nancy Guthrie. The first book addresses the enormous questions we have for God in the midst of suffering; the second looks at suffering through the teaching in the book of Job.
Therefore I Have Hope: Twelves Truths That Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy by Cameron Cole. Following the death of their child, Cole and his wife found comfort in the good news of Jesus Christ.
Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering by Kelly Kapic. A beautiful book that makes no attempt to sugar-coat suffering. Instead, Kapic shares how the suffering of Jesus gave his family enduring hope in the midst of physical pain.
Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores by Diane Langberg. An excellent resource for ministry to the suffering.
Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren. “Framed around a nighttime prayer of Compline, Tish Harrison Warren, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, explores themes of human vulnerability, suffering, and God’s seeming absence.”