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A Christian's Pocket Guide to Suffering: How God Shapes Us through Pain and Tragedy (Cosby)

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When tragedy strikes-the death of a child, hurricanes, a school shooting-we begin looking for an escape from the pain, a way out, or we clamor for answers from a panel of religious "experts" to explain the ever-present question, "Why?" We want answers and we want to believe that our suffering isn't meaningless.

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Suffering seeks to simply, but clearly, present a biblical view of suffering so that your feet might land on the solid foundation of God's Word and the God of that Word and, there, find understanding and hope. All other ground is sinking sand.


Table of Contents:

  1. Where Does Suffering Come From?
  2. Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
  3. Why Does God Ordain Suffering?
  4. How to Rightly Respond During Suffering
  5. Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering
  6. Ministering to Sufferers 



Brian H. Cosby is pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee and adjunct professor of church history at Metro Atlanta Seminary. He is the author of several books and regularly contributes to various journals and magazines.



"If you find yourself wandering in the valley of the shadow of death and see no signs to show you the way through, pick up this little book and read it! It offers sound, Christ-centered, biblical, and yet eminently practical counsel on suffering." - J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary, Escondido, California

"A concisely written, pastorally focused, gospel-infused account of the place of suffering in the Christian life. A perfect guide to aid troubled souls find peace and comfort when the storm breaks." - Derek Thomas, Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

"Here is one small book addressing one monumental subject in the one essential way--filling our minds with and directing our hearts to the truths of Scripture. Brian Cosby serves the church and those suffering well with this helpful, pastoral, and wise volume on sufferring. In these pages you will find help with a reality we all must wrestle with and will eventually experience to some degree." - Jason Helopoulos, Assistant Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan