1) The Orthodox Heretic by Peter Rollins
At times pretentious and at other times provocative this collection of “parables,” as Rollins calls them, are intriguing. The book is full of false dichotomies and is often definitely heretical. Nonetheless there are moments where it speaks with an insightfulness that is refreshing. Not a book I’d recommend, but it has been interesting at times to read.
2) Suffering and the Sovereignty of God ed. by John Piper and Justin Taylor
This is an older work, a collection of essays on the nature of God’s sovereignty over evil and suffering in our world. It is written by various theologians and teachers who have themselves experienced real pain and heartbreak, and therefore it is far more personal theology than academic theodicy. I have loved this collection and in re-reading it I have found it helpful again.