There are thousand’s of books on suffering and rightly so. They attempt to answer some of the most asked questions on earth. I jsut finished reading Timothy Keller’s book, “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering”, and it does an excellent job at presenting a biblical argument for the necessity of pain and the significance of our response to it. There are many different outlooks on pain and Keller attempts to teach how a Christian view on pain and suffering differs from various other world views. Keller states “Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.” (30) So, if you are looking for a new book to help you find meaning from past painful experiences, I think this one is a great place to start!
Other good reads on Pain include..
C.S Lewis - The Problem of Pain
Victor Frankl - Man's Search for Meaning
C.S. Lewis - A Grief Observed