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What will you do when trouble comes?

It’s not a question of if, but when—at some point, everyone faces grief, pain, broken relationships, sin, or persecution. What hope do we have? Sharing honestly from his own life and looking at stories of men and women in the Bible who experienced many kinds of trouble, Phil Ryken offers hope from Scripture aimed at reminding us that we’re never alone in our pain. Though hardships and trials will come, God is our very present help in times of trouble.

“Written by a sufferer who is also a skilled theologian-exegete, this book is honest, tender, full of grace, and bursting with the street-level wisdom of God’s Word. With story after story from Scripture, Dr. Ryken shows how the Bible accurately portrays our sufferings and how God meets us in the midst of them. Since suffering really is a universal human experience between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet,’ this is a book worth getting and living with. I found it to be enormously helpful, and you will too.” -Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and Suffering

“When trouble comes, most Christians want to escape it, deny or divorce it, or medicate or avoid it—we do everything but actually try to live with it! Thankfully, Dr. Ryken takes great pains in this remarkable book to show us how to live gladly and gloriously through our troubles. Rather than take us on a detour around our hardships, he serves as our guide through them. If you are finding it hard to ‘welcome trials as friends,’ this is the book for you.” -Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends

“As much as we hate to admit it, trouble inevitably marks every one of our lives. The Preacher was right when he wrote in Ecclesiastes that all our ‘days are full of sorrow.’ When Trouble Comes assumes that trouble will come—and not just to people who are living in rebellion against God, but to those, even especially to those, who are seeking to live for God’s glory. With deep wisdom and broad scriptural insight, Dr. Ryken identifies the sources of our troubles and calls us to faith in the Son who endured suffering and enters into all our sorrows.” -Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Give Them Grace


Prologue: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (Psalm 37:39–40)

(1) "Woe Is Me!": Isaiah's Sin and Guilt (Isaiah 6:1–8)

(2) "I’ve Had Enough": Elijah's Desperate Depression (1 Kings 19:1–18)

(3) "Where You Die I Will Die": Ruth's Grief and Poverty (Ruth 1:1–18)

(4) "You Are the Man!": David's Deadly Temptation (2 Samuel 11:1–5; 12:1–15)

(5) "Cursed Be the Day I Was Born!": Jeremiah's Disheartening Persecution (Jeremiah 20:1–18)

(6) "A Sword Will Pierce Your Own Soul Too": Mary's Troubled Soul (Luke 1:26–38; 2:22–35)

(7) "Now Is My Soul Troubled": The Savior's Suffering unto Death (John 12:20–33)

(8) "We Are Afflicted in Every Way": Paul's Light and Momentary Troubles (2 Corinthians 4:7–18)

Epilogue: Here Comes Trouble! (John 16:25–33)

Study Guide


General Index

Scripture Index

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SGCB Price: $6.50 (list price $12.99)