"Crying ought not to be something we outgrow," writes Robert Augustus Masters. "Deeply felt tears can be profoundly healing — at any age." The following books help us understand the important release that sorrow is and to see how it draws us toward deeper levels of faith, inner resiliency, compassion, and hope.

Attitude Reconstruction by Jude Bijou shows us actions and practices that transform sadness into joy.

Darkness Before Dawn, a collection of essays editedby Tami Simon, reframes our understandings and behaviors in relationship to depression.

Emotional Alchemy by Tara Bennett-Goleman delves into ways that we can transform sadness into insightful clarity.

Emotional Wisdom by Mantak Chia and Dena Saxer presents methods of working with sadness through the Universal Tao System.

Freeing Yourself from Anxiety by Tamar E. Chansky offers some ways of thinking about sadness and some strategies for coping with it.

Joy, No Matter What by Carolyn Hobbs envisions sadness as a precious gift that can lead to a journey into joy.

The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren describes sadness as an emotion that can generate release and rejuvenation.

Laughter, Tears, Silence by Pragito Dove delivers meditations on sadness and encourages as acceptance of this emotion.

Stitches by Anne Lamott gives spiritual remedies for coping with suffering, anxiety, and sadness.

Transforming Our Painful Emotions by Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead explains how sorrow can be experienced as a support for our personal integrity.

Triggers by David Richo sheds light on emotional triggers of all kinds, including what touches off sadness.

Your Sorrow Is My Sorrow by Joyce Rupp relates the seven sorrows of Mary to the suffering and loss we experience today. .