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Polishing God's Monuments: Pillars of Hope for Punishing Times Paperback – June 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Shepherd Press; 1St Edition edition (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097675827X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976758273
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book doesn't tiptoe around the topic of suffering, but hits head-on the hardest questions we have about the goodness of God and the problem of suffering. Juli's story will shake you as well as inspire you! --Joni Eareckson Tada

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This book is solid and beautifully written.
T. Evert
The author indicates various ways we as humans will inevitably face suffering and how the Scripture, as well as our past experiences can enable us at that time.
Arline A. Rummell
I will probably be buying extra copies to give away.
Staci Eastin

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Polishing God's Monuments was an unexpected surprise. A book that arrived (as do so many others) without any fanfare, I quickly skimmed the four endorsements and paused only when I saw Bruce Ware's name and his claim that this title is "so gripping and moving and inspiring that one cannot put the book down." Based on my respect for Bruce Ware, on the enthusiasm of his endorsement and on the track record of the publisher, Shepherd Press, I decided I should at least give the book a try. Am I ever glad I did!

Polishing God's Monuments is the story of a young woman and her devoted husband who have faced a lifetime of mysterious, devastating illness. Written by Jim Andrews, the young woman's father, the book intersperses narrative with teaching, experience with theology.

When she was young, just a senior at Wheaton Conservatory of Music, Juli Andrews contracted mononucleosis. Though mono is not usually a devastating or long-lasting illness, in Juli's case it set in motion a bizarre series of events that culminated in her being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (now referred to as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) and eventually a horrifying accompanying disease known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. This is an affliction that causes some patients, and Juli among them, to become extremely sensitive to chemicals that do not bother most other people. Paul, Juli's husband, contracted mononucleosis and then CFS at around the same time as his new wife. The young family was devastated.

Juli's condition left her in terrible condition, unable to care for herself and often unable to do even the simplest things. Her chemical sensitivities rendered her unable to handle even the fainest smell of perfume or the chemicals used in inks and fabrics.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arline A. Rummell on August 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book gives answers and attitudes necessary to survive emotionally
and keep your faith intact during times of suffering and grief. Do any
of us enjoy pain? Have your dreams for a fulfilling life turned into
disappointment? This story is gripping in how a young couple face
much suffering and disappointment with courage. The author indicates
various ways we as humans will inevitably face suffering and how the
Scripture, as well as our past experiences can enable us at that time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By 2Peter1:3mommy on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
While at a conference to hear Tedd Tripp (Shepherding a Child's Heart) speak, I visited Mr. Tripp's book table. I was about to walk away when this book caught my eye. I asked my husband to buy it for me. I was intrigued by the title. I read this "work of the heart" in 3 days and I'll have to read it again because there is so much in it. It's not only a reminder of God's wisdom and power. It's the proof, the evidence of it in one family's life. It is written by a pastor who happens to be the dad of a very special daughter (and son-in-law). He also happens to be a wonderful teacher of God's truth. The book is interesting in that the chapters alternate from letters to his church regarding the health of his daughter and chapters which read like sermons--get your highlighter, Bible and tissue out! The insight into the scriptures and people of the bible in the "sermon" chapters are amazing and deep, yet still clear to most readers. All Christians would benefit from reading this "work of the heart". Get a copy for yourself and extras to share with others--especially those who have any type of affliction. (Most of us Christians do!)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Smith on February 28, 2008
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There are few books that have impacted me like this one has. In a time when so many churches preach prosperity, happiness without an end and a life with no problems, Pastor Jim Andrews reminds us that God's purpose in life is not to make us happy, but to make us holy. As he relates the story of his daughter and son-in-law, who seem to know no end to their "sorrows", he teaches that even in the hard times, we must look to what God has done in the past . We may look to our own experiences, to what the Bible teaches and to the experiences of others. This is what he calls "polishing God's monuments". Certainly this book has provided me with more monuments to polish. Because I am married to a preacher and truly love to hear God's word preached, I especially enjoyed his writing style. As I read, I could almost hear his voice preaching from the pulpit. It is a book I will re-read and share with many others.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Staci Eastin on December 23, 2007
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When Jim Andrew's daughter, Juli, was in college, she contracted mononucleosis. Although they didn't realize it at the time, this would be the first in a cascade of baffling, debilitating medical problems.

In Polishing God's Monuments, the author writes honestly of his daughter's struggles and how it impacted the entire family. Alternating between chapters describing Juli's heartbreaking struggles and theology, the author helps us to understand the importance of relying on God even when the trials seem overwhelming.

This book is not a collection of platitudes. This is an honest look at true suffering, and all the emotions and feelings of hopelessness that it sometimes entails. Mr. Andrews and his family have endured unimaginable trials, but yet emerged with their faith intact. His careful handling and application of the Bible is a reflection of the kind of wisdom that comes when faith is thoroughly tested.

Why many will appreciate the author's colorful, country metaphors, I found them at times to be distracting. But the message in this book has far to great an impact to be missed. This book will be a great help to those in the midst of trials. I will probably be buying extra copies to give away.
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