Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, Life Together (New York: Harper & Row, 1954).

A penetrating insight into Christian community based on Bonhoeffer’s experience leading seminarians for the Confessing Church in Germany during the 1930s.

Foster, Richard, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (New York: Harper & Row, 1978).

A very helpful introduction to different spiritual disciplines that place us into a position to experience God.

Gaiser, Frederick J., Healing in the Bible: Theological Insight for Christian Ministry (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic 2010).

A thoughtful examination of the healing stories in the Bible.

Hall, John Douglas, God & Human Suffering: An Exercise in the Theology of the Cross (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1986).

A somewhat technical but very helpful examination of the problem of human suffering.

Hasker, William, The Triumph of God Over Evil: Theodicy for a World of Suffering (Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic, 2008).

A good overview of the current philosophical state of the problem of evil.

Hauerwas, Stanley, Naming the Silences: God, Medicine and the Problem of Suffering (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 1990).

An excellent analysis of current expectations based on modern medicine,including a look at Peter de Vries’ novel The Blood of the Lamb.

Hunter, W. Bingham, The God Who Hears (Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press 1986).

A helpful look at prayer from many different perspectives.

Simundson, Daniel J., Faith Under Fire: How the Bible Speaks to Us in Times of Suffering (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991).

A well-written and thoughtful guide to biblical responses to suffering.

Vanier, Jean, From Brokenness to Community (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1992).

Vanier has deep insight into the kingdom of God based on his living with persons with mental disabilities and establishing l’Arche communities around the world where people with mental disabilities reside with assistants. This is a brief introduction to his views.

Vanier, Jean, The Broken Body (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1988).

A more substantial work, especially noteworthy for its insight into how we can love one another.

Weatherhead, Leslie D., The Will of God (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990).

A wise little book that untangles the confusing meanings inherent in the phrase, the “will of God.”


Andy Gullahorn

Andy is a genius but he would deny that. “Nowhere To Be Found” from Beyond the Frame is one of the best laments I’ve heard, but you need to hear the counterpoint “Grand Canyon” for context. Andy is insightful and funny. I recommend all of his albums. His wife, Jill Phillips, is also an excellent singer-songwriter in her own right. Check out her latest, Mortar & Stone, especially “Gold in Them Hills.”

David Wilcox

Another genius. “Show the Way” from Big Horizon (also on a couple of live albums) addresses the problem of evil in a song. He is also funny and his stories from his live albums or concerts are wonderful. I recommend all his albums.

Rich Mullins

While I’m not familiar with all his work, The Jesus Record, a demo of which was recorded before his premature death, is amazing.

Carolyn Arends

Another singer-songwriter but one who also writes columns and books. She has an amazing gift for well-turned phrases and new perspectives on familiar concepts. Listen to “Willing” or any other song from Love Was Here First. She can also be wickedly countercultural as witnessed by “More Is Less” and “Free” from Pollyanna’s Attic. I recommend all her books.

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