The past few weeks have been extra difficult for Filipinos, with everything that’s happening around us. Last week, we asked some of our Facebook and Twitter followers what are the books that they turn to when they’re in need of comfort. Here are some of their answers and also some of our recommended books. (thanks to all of those who suggested these books)
But before we start, we just have to state the obvious that of course the Bible should be the first and foremost “book” to read during those times when we are most in need of God’s comfort. The books below are just supplemental reading; words from authors who have also experienced what it is like to be sad, in pain, and in need.
And of course, share with us your own comfort books too!
For those who are struggling with rejection, guilt, fear, depression, temptation, disappointment, personal crises, this is a book that will point you to Bible verses and life lessons that can help you get through these tough times.
This award-winning bestseller addresses our heartfelt cry in the midst of pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual and gives a fresh insight into how God helps us cope with this pain.
For the Christian, joy and pain are both integral parts of a life of service to God. But though this is true, it isn’t easy to accept. This book explores the connection between rejoicing and suffering, and shows how our distress draws us nearer to God and makes us more effective in ministry.
Our frenetic lifestyle has oftentimes kept us from experiencing a deep and meaningful time with God. In this collection of articles from her various newsletters, beloved author Elisabeth Elliot points the way to a deep experience with God, away from the unsettling distractions of day-to-day living.
When life’s storms come, find refuge in a stronghold that won’t break down. Bestselling author Harold J. Sala’s devotional leads you to find security in God’s promises. Be encouraged each day with Scripture passages, inspiring stories, and sound guidelines for living.
Also translated inFilipino as Kanlungan Mo Sa Tag-Unos
Well-known entrepreneur and speaker Ardy Roberto shares his and wife Tingting’s journey to healing after a dreaded illness tests their faith. Deeply personal and insightful,the book shares the power of giving HELP to sick loved ones: Hope, Encouragement, Love, and Prayer.
In this candid and provocative book, Rev. Rico G. Villanueva brings us back to the biblical practice of lament found in the lament psalms and writings of the prophets. He also addresses the “praise-only” and “always-victorious” attitude of many churches that alienate the hurting, the troubled and the struggling. He shows how lament is part of the Christian life; giving hope, release and deeper intimacy with God.
The best-selling author’s search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world: at the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; on the Virginia Tech campus soon after the massacre;and even to a conference for women in prostitution. Here is a story of grace for armchair travelers, spiritual seekers, and those in desperate need of assurance that their faith really matters.
All of these books are available at all OMF Lit Bookshops, National Bookstore and Philippine Christian Bookstores nationwide