Joy Series Recommended Reading

A Grief Observed, CS Lewis. The book Lewis wrote while grieving the death of his wife. Poignant and joyful.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas. In the Share the Joy category, this is a very inspiring read about God’s all-sufficiency in times of terrible trials. Metaxas takes us through Bonhoeffer’s life and the decisions he made as Nazism began taking over Germany.

Gentle & Lowly, Dane Ortlund. If the gentle hand of Jesus soothing your soul is not your experience, I suggest this profound devotional about the heart of Jesus toward us.

Martin Luther, Eric Metaxas. Another in the Share the Joy category. I found this biography extremely challenging and encouraging, especially as it pointed out for me some of the theological waves the worldwide church has ridden.

The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van de Kolk. The best book I’ve read about the ongoing, long-term effects of trauma and how we can better understand and support one another in our brokenness.

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