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The Blessings of Brokenness: Why God Allows Us to Go Through Hard Times Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Book Club edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310200261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310200260
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Dr. Stanley's interpretation of how God uses brokenness in our lives to bring about blessing is a dynamic force to help us accept the trials and suffering that come, knowing that the furnace situation will bring forth gold in our lives.' -- Barbara Johnson, , Speaker

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Broken. Blessed. How can those two words possibly go together? Considering just how shattering life's blows can be, can we honestly believe God will bring good out of our most heartbreaking crises? "It's difficult to discern the blessing in the midst of brokenness," says Dr. Charles Stanley. "Certain circumstances in life hurt, at times so intensely that we think we will never heal." The death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a lingering illness . . . the catalysts for brokenness all possess a wrenching pain and the power to forever alter our life. But they also possess one thing more: the potential for discovering a richness in living we otherwise never would know. "After brokenness, we can experience God's greatest blessings," say Dr. Stanley. "The dawn after a very dark and storm-wracked night is glorious. Joy after a period of intense mourning can be ecstatic." First, however, we must fully experience our brokenness and confront why God allows it. With gentle wisdom, Dr. Stanley shines light on the process of being broken. He reveals the ways we protest against it. And he gives us an inspiring look beyond the pain to the promise of blessing. Brokenness is what God uses to replace our self-life with his desires and intents for us, says Stanley. Its end is blessing far greater than we could ever discover apart from being broken. It's spiritual maturity and joyous intimacy with God. Greater depth and power in our ministry to others. New dimensions of freedom, strength, and peace. And a wholeness that comes as God himself reassembles us into someone more closely resembling Jesus Christ.

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Dr. Charles Stanley is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including The Blessings of Brokenness and other titles in the popular A Touch of His... devotional series. His popular radio and TV program In Touch is heard and seen worldwide.

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A wonderful book by my pastor Dr. Charles Stanley.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Charles Stanley has to be one of the greatest people that God has chosen to speak through. This book touched my heart and showed me why things happen to me and the reason they happen. It shows me that even though bad things happen, it does not mean that God is being mean to me. It means that God is reshaping my life so that I can be more of a witness to Him and allow Him to fullfil his will through me. I would tell anyone who is going through tough times to read this book and your life will start to look brighter each word you read.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2000
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This is a great book for helping you come to a greater relationship with God. I was going through the hardest time of my life when a good friend gave me a copy of this book, and without the message I received, I would have come through angry, bitter, and further away from God. Instead, I have a closer relationship with Jesus than ever before. Very highly recommended!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tech Hound on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While enduring 10 years of downhill suffering, I could list literally thousands of confused thoughts as I strived insanely to find out WHY... and no matter how hard and long I asked God, no matter how good I obeyed, tithed, read my Bible, turned the other cheek, cried and screamed often... my life's circumstances continued to get worse.

I'd say about 8 years into my own insanity of this life, I was at the gym once again, trying to get some excercise for my health. I was in despair, a really dark place of just being near tears in ongoing sadness... and a young woman walked by with a book in her hand. I saw the title somewhat, I can't recall the details now, but at that time I think I saw "Stanley" or "Brokenness", maybe both.

I was drawn to talk to her, I really wanted to know what that book was about, but she was a younger attractive woman and I am mid-forties... I was concerned she'd think I was trying to hit on her, etc. I finally decided to talk to her and asked about the book, saying I'd noticed the title and knew Charles Stanley. She said, "Oh, you can have it. I've read it and God told me to bring it here for someone." That's exactly what she said, and then she handed me the book.

We ended up having a great conversation and she had suffered a tough situation of her own. I read that book, and after 8 years of mystery, basically 'knowing' but never fully being 100% sure why all the troubles were happening, God finally and clearly told me that is WAS all about brokenness.

My problems were not happening simply because I was evil, or a failure (a HUGE one for men in general), a bad husband, a sinner in general, weak or a corward, or really ANY fault of my own.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Charles Stanley's book can help you get on the right path when you are going through a tough time. I was lost when someone I loved passed away. My faith for the first time waivered. I've learned that when we are the most in need is when we need God most. I have a closer relationship with him and am learning more every day.
There is another book that is helping me to cope, Write from Your Heart, A Healing Grief Journal.
Immersing myself in the word has made a huge difference in the way I am healing.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This books is an excellent resource for those who are searching for purpose in suffering. Suffering takes on many forms, but all are intensely personal and difficult. There are probably few resources that address the subject with as much compassion and insight. I believe the author writes out of a combination of personal experience and biblical knowledge. Thus, this book serves to affirm those in the midst of suffering. In a "success oriented" society there is little room to explore and understand failure, brokeness, and pain. However, such conditions are more characteristic of the human dilemna than the "health, wealth and prosperity" we are told (by the mass media) we can all have if we just do it right. Thus, the need to address the issues of suffering are paramount. If you're reading this review, then you are guaranteed a degree of suffering at some point in your life - because that's part of life. It would be very beneficial to have this information and understanding before that time comes.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "forevergodz" on July 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that this was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. Reading about a chapter a night it took me through a course of revelations and growth, both introducing me to new concepts and renewing me familiarity with others. I liked that he wasn't afraid to quote scriptures (and let us know where they are so we can read them in context.) This book, coupled with much prayer, changed the way I look at life.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Raymond on April 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
At the time I brought this book I was going through "HELL" because I didn't know what was going on in my life, Nothing was working out in my life I mean nothing no matter what I did it did not pan out, a friend told to get this book and when I started to read it the answer to what was going on started to make sense God was causing me to be BROKEN so that he could me for his service. You have to read the book for your self to see what I'am talking about. this could be your answer.
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