A Small Book for the Hurting Heart: Meditations on Loss, Grief, and Healing

I’m pleased to let you that New Growth Press has informed me that my new 50-day devotional is available for pre-order. In March 2019, when I turned in the manuscript, I had no idea that we would lose a father and a granddaughter—between then and now— as well as experience other hurts and trials that are part of living in this fallen world.

Perhaps you are hurting and need comfort from God’s Word too. I hope and pray this little book will be used by the Holy Spirit to comfort you by directing the eyes of your heart to Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, who is well-acquainted with grief.

Here’s what others are saying about this little book:

“Every page is filled with bite-sized wisdom from the Word of God, providing healing hope for every heart that hurts. I heartily endorse this small but power-packed book!” 
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

“Grief is sometimes too burdensome to search for direction and comfort in Scripture. We want the encouragement of Scripture but don’t have the energy to find just the right passages. In this little book, Paul has found those right passages and brought us into them so they can be brought into us.”
Edward T. Welch, Author of A Small Book for the Anxious Heart; faculty, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

“How often I have wished for this kind of resource to share with a friend in the throes of grief. A wise, seasoned pastor and counselor, Paul Tautges comes alongside the person in pain with short, encouraging, grace-filled reflections from God’s Word.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Author; founder and host of “Revive Our Hearts”

“A small book but massive comfort! I’m so thankful for the rivers of spiritual healing that will flow through this beautiful daily devotional into many wounded hearts.”
David Murray, Professor of Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author of Christians Get Depressed Too and Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture

“Some people say that time heals all wounds. But it isn’t true. It is the Word of God, taken in day by day over time that brings healing to the deepest hurts of life and brings insight to the most perplexing questions of life. A Small Book for the Hurting Heart invites people to feed on truths from God’s Word, bringing comfort, hope, and healing.”
Nancy Guthrie, Author of Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow

“When our lives are touched by the ravages of the fall, and sorrow overwhelms like a flood, where do we turn? Paul Tautges takes us to Scripture to remind us that God is good when we walk in the sunlight without a care in the world, and He is good when we crawl in the darkness burdened with terrible pain and loss. Here is seasoned pastoral experience coupled with keen biblical insight, and here indeed is spiritual balm for the troubled soul.”
Stephen Yuille, Vice President of Academics, Heritage College and Seminary, Cambridge, Ontario; associate professor of biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

“Paul Tautges speaks to our losses with genuine sympathy and wisdom from the compassionate standpoint of a pastor who has himself experienced loss. He weeps with those who weep (Ro­mans 12:15). This book is saturated with Scripture, and the reader enjoys the cream of many hours of faithful study….As I was reading, I was thinking of friends and counselees who would greatly benefit from the biblical wisdom contained in this volume.”
Jim Newheiser, Director of the Christian Counseling Program and associate professor of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte; executive director, The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship

“This little book brilliantly demonstrates the skill of this author and faithful pastor to be sensitive to the deep pain of grief, and yet gently guides the reader with truth and empathy to find comfort time and time again in the arms of our Savior. As a pastor, I will be keeping a stack of this book on my desk to give out to any hurting heart seeking refuge in the one who truly brings comfort to our souls. I commend this little book and its faithful author!”
Brian Croft, Senior Pastor, Auburndale Baptist Church; founder, Practical Shepherding; senior fellow, Church Revitalization Center, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Reading A Small Book for the Hurting Heart by Pastor Paul Tautges is like sitting down with a godly comforter for some much-needed, refreshing, and caring consolation. Day after day (for fifty days) you journey through loss—with permission to grieve. And you journey toward healing hope—in Christ alone. This ‘letter of spiritual consolation’ will help you take your earthly hurts to your caring and comforting heavenly Father.”
Bob Kellemen, Author of God’s Healing for Life’s Losses and Grief: Walking withJesus 

“Although loss and limitations are two of God’s gracious contributions toward our sanctification, lament is how we express our grief to God as He leads us to hope. In A Small Book for the Hurting Heart, my friend Paul reminds us that God is nearer to us than our grief.”
Ronnie Martin, Lead Pastor, Substance Church, Ashland, OH; author of The Best Gift Ever Given; co-host of “The Happy Rant” podcast. 

“In the course of fifty devotions, Paul brings the hurting believer by the hand right into the pages of Scripture, and shows them where true comfort is to be found. He skillfully applies carefully selected verses to counsel the reader and ease their burden. I would encourage you to prayerfully give this book to those who are hurting, but keep a copy for yourself for when sorrows come.”
Nate Pickowicz, Author; pastor of Harvest Bible Church, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH

“The truths in this ‘small’ but powerful book will be in my mind and heart preparing me for the next time I experience heartache. The heart of a pastor, counselor, and shepherd is evident throughout this insightful work.”
Bill Shannon, Associate Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA; pastor, Anchored Fellowship; fellow, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

“Aching hearts long for robust answers. You’ll find them here. Because the answers are rooted in the gospel, you’ll also find comfort, tender loving care, and unshakable hope. This book draws from biblical wisdom to apply the balm of God’s healing truth to the places you are broken. Drink deeply of the Living Water you find here, and find life.”
Betty-Anne Van Rees, Council Member, Biblical Counseling Coalition; board member, Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition

“A Small Book for the Hurting Heart brings encouragement for the soul, hope for the heart, and an affirmation that the same God who created you remains with you through every challenge, hardship, pain, and disappointment. Grab a cup of coffee, bring a highlighter or pen, and allow God to embrace you like a warm blanket.” 
Steven W. Bundy, Senior Vice President and ministry chaplain, Joni and Friends

“Sensitive without resorting to sentimentalism, these fifty meditations will lead you to soul-quieting delight in the character of Jesus, the Chief Sufferer, who has conquered all suffering and has compassion on the brokenhearted.”
Mike Riccardi, Pastor of Local Outreach Ministries, Grace Community Church

“This gentle little book lifts a fragile embattled soul with gospel-rich reflections on the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, the compassionate sovereignty of the Father, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Savor these truths. Let them soak in and untangle your doubt, your anger, your bewilderment, your heartache, your loneliness, your fear. Believe and worship in the most powerful of all places: your pain.”
Sue Nicewander Delaney, Founder, Biblical Counseling Ministries

“Though Christians face the same painful hurts and hardship as unbelievers, believers don’t face life’s challenges alone. Paul Tautges points us to the Savior who has suffered for us on the cross and now walks with us in our distresses. These daily meditations will lead you in your sorrows to the God of all comfort and will show you the path to stability and fruitfulness even in your pain.”
Jim Berg, Professor of Biblical Counseling, Bob Jones University Seminary; executive director, Freedom That Lasts®; author of Changed into His Image and Quieting a Noisy Soul

“Each daily reading of A Small Book for the Hurting Heart is anchored in gospel-centered hope. Tautges beckons the reader to gaze in wonder at Jesus: his steadfast love, his saving work on our behalf, and his power to redeem our deepest hurts for his glory and our good.”
Sara Wallace, Author of Created to Care: God’s Truth for Anxious Moms

“Life in God’s good world is one of joy intermixed with grief. Losses and crosses, trials and temptations call us closer to the Triune God who is sovereign, wise, and good. We need help! Paul Tautges’s A Small Book for the Hurting Heart delivers the help and hope of Christ. Through brief daily meditations, the warm voice of a wise friend will walk you through your season of grief and pain, and toward true healing and joy.”
Rush Witt, Pastor; counselor; author

“Everyone needs encouragement in their Christian life and for the trouble of each day. But those who are hurting especially need to be uplifted by the kind truth about God and his promises. Paul has written a wonderful devotional of daily encouragement for the troubled believer. You will want to purchase several copies to keep on hand to help others (as well as yourself) ‘count it all joy’ when going through difficult times.”
Stuart W. Scott, Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University

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