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Songs of Suffering: 25 Hymns and Devotions for Weary Souls Hardcover – Aug. 2 2022

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Songs of Suffering

Songs of Suffering

This beautifully designed book includes 25 hymns chosen by Joni Eareckson Tada with accompanying devotions and photography designed to spark hope in the midst of hardship.

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“No one in the evangelical world has done more reading, thinking, praying, and reflecting on suffering and faith than Joni Eareckson Tada. She is always ‘must-reading,’ but this particular book is a brilliant addition to her body of work. Music sends theology deep into the heart in a unique way, and Joni’s meditations on these beautiful hymns will make them even more effective in your life. Highly recommended.”
Tim Keller, Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

“Scripture tells us to be Spirit-filled: ‘addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.’ Joni is the only person I know who actually lives this out, and she does it despite suffering more than anyone else I know. God has given Joni to the church as a gift and beautiful example of sacrificial worship. I’m so grateful that she has authored this book!”
Francis Chan, Crazy Love Ministries; pastor; author, Crazy Love and Letters to the Church

“Once again Joni has found a way to redeem her suffering and to do so in a way that inspires and encourages others. A gorgeous book with a deep message.”
Philip Yancey, author, Where the Light Fell and What's So Amazing About Grace?

“My friend Joni lives with pain in her body, a tune in her heart, and a song on her tongue. Her faithful ministry to us all comes through the songs she sings, the great example of what Ephesians 5:19 was meant to look like in us all. I aspire to become what I see in my sister. In her prolonged suffering, she worships her loving Father, to proclaim his greatness to a watching world. Joni is a miracle, a spectacle of grace. Who better to lead us through our most precious hymns for the hardest seasons of life?”
Tony Reinke, Senior Teacher; Host, Ask Pastor John, Desiring God

“Joni is a pillar of hope to our generation. I’m grateful for her wisdom and for her voice that cuts through the complacency and calls us to hope. This devotional collection is one you’ll reach for when you’re weary.”
Sandra McCracken, singer-songwriter; hymn writer; recording artist; columnist, Christianity Today; author, Send Out Your Light

Songs of Suffering is one of those rare books that isn’t intended to be read; it’s intended to be experienced. I sang, cried, smiled, prayed, and worshiped through every page. No matter what you’re walking through, let Joni be your song leader, and your heart won’t be the same.”
David Platt, Pastor-Teacher, McLean Bible Church; author, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“Where would we be without hymns? Where would we be without songs to express our sorest griefs and deepest sorrows? I hope you'll allow Joni Eareckson Tada to introduce you to some of the best and most powerful of them all, to explain how they have been a blessing and comfort to her―and to encourage you to get to know them, to commit them to memory, and to sing them before the Lord, so they can be a blessing and comfort to you as well.”
Tim Challies, author, Seasons of Sorrow

“If you take the time to open up this book, be warned: It will grow your faith. It will help you fall in love with Christ more, as you learn to sing hymns that will sustain you and uphold you through days of misery and suffering. I was greatly encouraged by Joni’s Songs of Suffering, and you will be too.”
Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“Joni’s gorgeous writing, as poetic as the hymns she champions and cherishes, helped me stare into the time-honored texts, many of which I’ve sung all my life, and discover depths and beauties I’d not seen before. Reading this book was truly illuminating and inspiring to my heart.”
Fernando Ortega, hymn writer; recording artist; worship leader

“Joni has given us a gift: to learn to sing through our sorrows and all the days of our lives. Through historical hymns and biblical reflections, we are reminded to go to our Savior, who cares for us more deeply than we could ever imagine. Join Joni and the choir of those who have gone before us to sing of the excellencies of our God. Your heart will be glad as your tongue rejoices (Ps. 16:9).”
Trillia Newbell, author, A Great Cloud of Witnesses; If God Is For Us; and Sacred Endurance

About the Author

Joni Eareckson Tada is CEO of Joni and Friends, a global ministry that serves the practical and spiritual needs of people with disabilities. She is also an artist and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Joni; A Place of Healing; and When God Weeps. Joni and her husband, Ken, reside in Calabasas, California.

Kristyn Getty studied English and ethnomusicology at Queens University, Belfast, graduating in 2003. She and her husband, Keith Getty, write modern hymns for the church. Together, they founded and lead the Getty Music label, publishing house, events company, and foundation, all of which exist to develop and steward modern and traditional hymns around the world. Kristyn and Keith live in Nashville, Tennessee with their four young daughters.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crossway Books (Aug. 2 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1433576406
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1433576409
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 667 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.69 x 1.91 x 24.77 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Joni Eareckson Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered ministry to special-needs families, as well as training for churches. Joni and Friends serves thousands of special-needs families through Family Retreats, and has delivered over 170,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy individuals with disabilities in developing nations. Joni survived stage III breast cancer in 2010, yet keeps a very active schedule. Her newest book, A Spectacle of Glory, won best devotional book in the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 2017 Christian Book Awards – it contains fresh biblical insights from her battle with chronic pain. Joni is General Editor of Tyndale’s Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published for those who suffer chronic conditions, and their caregivers. She and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California. You can learn more about Joni’s ministry at or can write her at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great hope for those who suffer or who have the sadness of watching loved ones suffer
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Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2022
I didn't know I needed a book like this until I saw it.

By combining traditional hymns (many you know, and a few you may not) with insightful, interesting, and touching devotionals, Joni Eareckson Tada has created a balm for weary and grieving souls.

The book is light reading, a much easier entry point to exploring your pain as compared to, say, a full theological work on suffering. It's also focused on bringing joy into your pain, gently and graciously.

The book is presented in 3 parts. I'll name them here and list the songs in each section...

Part 1: Songs of Comfort
- Be still my soul
- Jesus, lover of my soul
- Abide with me
- It is well with my soul
- Come, ye disconsolate
- Wonderful peace
- Whate'er my God ordains is right
- Jesus, I am resting, resting

Part 2: Songs of Strength
- O church, arise
- Immortal, invisible, God only wise
- Dear refuge of my weary soul
- Were you there (when they crucified my Lord)?
- Stricken, smitten, and afflicted
- When I survey the wondrous cross
- O sacred head, now wounded
- Faith is the victory

Part 3 : Songs of Hope
- O the deep, deep love of Jesus
- I must tell Jesus
- Come, thou long expected Jesus
- Standing on the promises
- Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
- For all the saints
- Far from my heavenly home
- Face to face with Christ, my Savior
- When we all get to heaven

I think just about anyone grieving or suffering, or even just discouraged, would find this book an encouragement. Doubly so if they love hymns.

The book ends with a "More for You" section that suggests several other, longer books on the topic of suffering and hope.
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