A Small Book for the Hurting Heart

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Grief may threaten to overtake us or destroy our joy. In this powerful devotional book, men and women will see Jesus Christ, the Man of Sorrows, who is well-acquainted with grief and sadness.

Author and pastor Paul Tautges offers our comforting High Priest, sharing how the Holy Spirit ministers to our hurting heart through the healing balm of God's Word graciously applied to life's wounds.

By biblically and transparently addressing the heart and faith struggles in the midst of this grief, A Small Book for the Hurting Heart delves deeply, but gently, into the issues of the heart presenting encouragement and comfort in the character of God revealed in his Word.

This small but transformative Christian book cultivates anchors of hope, redirecting men and women to the trustworthiness of God who is always for us in Christ. Because all of God's promises are Yes in Christ, Tautges walks with readers through their grief to see the one who nourishes our faith and heals our soul.

In fifty brief readings, your hurting heart will find spiritual help, encouragement, and healing as you experience the comfort of God.


“When we hurt and ask God ‘why?,’ we often are not looking for answers. Rather, our hearts are looking for comfort, encouragement, and Fatherly assurance that our world is not spinning out of control. In his new work, A Small Book for the Hurting Heart, my friend Paul Tautges points the reader to helpful insights from the best Answer of all, the Lord Jesus. 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. These meditations will lift up weary hearts and tear-stained faces and help them find compassion and hope in the face of Christ.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Author; founder and host of “Revive Our Hearts”

“As the author says, ‘People who genuinely sympathize with you are hard to find.’ 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. James says that when we are tired we should ask God for the wisdom which we so desperately need. This book offers biblical wisdom to answer such a prayer. 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


Paul Tautges, DMin, is pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He has authored many books on topics related to pastoral ministry, counseling, and parenting. Paul has been married to Karen for thirty-two years. Together they cherish their ten children and growing tribe of grandchildren. He Blogs at counselingoneanother.com