Great Somewhat Unknown Books
that Pastor Randy Highly Recommends
A Severe Mercy
(1977), Sheldon Vanauken
Beloved, profoundly moving account of the author’s marriage, the couple’s search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife’s untimely death.
The Gospel According To Job
(1994), Mike Mason
Through this devotional study, the reader discovers that it is all right to doubt, be confused, get angry–in short, to be completely human. From Job we learn that the mark of true faith is not happiness; rather that one’s deepest passions are being engaged by the enormity of God. And through Job, we learn the secret of the gospel: “mercy is the permission to be human.”
A Grace Disguised:
How the Soul Grows Through Loss
(1996, updated 2004), Gerald Sittser
Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it.