I discovered the writing of Gerald Sittser over Christmas break. Sittser's A Grace Disguised is very, very thoughtful.
In 1991, Sittser lost his mother, his wife and his daughter in an accident when the van they were traveling in was hit by a drunk driver. Through that loss, Sittser hung in there and, in time, discovered what he describes as the redemptive side of the tragedy. It's a beautifully written book. Everyone ought to read it.
Now I'm am reading Sittser's newest book called Water from a Deep Well — Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries(IVP, 2007). Again, so thoughtful and highly recommended. Sittser's a smart guy and such a good writer.