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Praise for Jud Wilhite

“Wilhite holds nothing back as he describes the life-changing power of God’s forgiveness as it’s encountered on the streets of Vegas. Wherever hurt lives, God’s grace is present with more than enough power to heal.”
—Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life

“What God is up to in Vegas is nothing short of hard-core. Jud describes an extreme faith that is extremely amazing. With clarity and passion, Uncensored Grace offers a renewed sense of hope for whatever you are up against. Don’t miss this book.”
—Stephen Baldwin, actor and author of The Unusual Suspect

“Jud Wilhite is a compelling new voice and model for a new way to be Christian in today’s culture.”
—Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians

“Stripped is full of surprises and twists. It will captivate and inspire you as it describes the difference Jesus can make in your life.”
—Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ

“If you’ve given up your dreams of ever finding a genuine fresh start in your life, you ought to read this book. Real people. Real problems. Real hope. Get ready to be rocked by a fresh touch of amazing grace.”
—Gene Appel, pastor of Eastside Christian Church, Fullerton, CA

About the Author

Jud Wilhite is an author, speaker, and the senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. More than nineteen thousand people attend its multiple campuses each weekend. Jud’s books include Throw It Down, Eyes Wide Open, and Uncensored Grace. Jud and his wife, Lori, reside in the Las Vegas area with their children and a slobbery bulldog named Roxy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601420730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601420732
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jud Wilhite serves as senior pastor of Central Christian Church. Thousands attend Central's campuses along with a global community who attend online (www.centralchristian.com). Jud is the author of several books including Eyes Wide Open: See and Live the Real You, Uncensored Grace and his newest release, Uncensored Truth: A No-Spin Guide to the Christian Faith. He and his wife, Lori, reside in the Las Vegas area with their two children and a slobbery Bulldog named Roxy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Warren on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pastor Jude Wilhite of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada has written his book, "Torn" from the perspective of how to respond to evil. In the beginning of the book, he makes a claim I am not comfortable agreeing with, but beyond that, the book is a great edition to the many books covering the problem of evil and suffering.

Wilhite does not cover the "Why" question though. He claims there is a more important question beyond that, and I couldn't agree more. There is a question of "How" do I endure this suffering being a Christian. When someone is going through pain, suffering, experiencing evil, and so on, there is no true comfort in having explanations for why God allows evil. There just aren't. There is no reason that a person can accept pain and suffering as a rational aspect of life when it is at such a high magnitude.

Rather, Wilhite gives a pastoral response. What I mean is this. Instead of trying to convince someone it is okay because pain and suffering just exist, or because there are reasons for people to go through it, Wilhite takes a different direction. He talks about trusting in God, forgiving those who have committed evils against us, choosing to rejoice in Christ when all seems lost, and the list goes on.

If you are a pastor and wish to have a great account for how to deal with this issue on an emotional, caring and loving way, then this is the book for you. If you are a Christian and are going through pain and suffering and want to make sense of it all, this book is for you. But, if you are looking for an intellectual in depth dissection on the problem of pain and suffering and evil, then look elsewhere.

**I was given this book by the publisher for my unbiased review of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Mo on August 29, 2011
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Torn, by Jud Wilhite, is a must-read for anyone going through pain and struggling with their faith. The thoughts and scriptures provided in Torn speak directly to those questions of "why" and "how" that sometimes plague our thoughts. Jud exposes the fruitlessness of asking WHY, and instead points us to asking WHO -- focusing on the healer instead of the pain. It's a great insight that should be Step 1 for anyone in need of healing.

Torn also addresses the need for our communities to be safe places for people to hurt, and how creating such an environment is a conscious choice on all our parts. Jud writes, "We tend to cultivate inauthentic lives by making our communities unsafe for transparency." This goes right to the heart of why people hold on to pain, hurt, and shame, instead of seeking healing within their community.

This book is also a great read for anyone with hurting loved ones, or anyone who councils hurting people. It's full of great scripture, rich examples, and tons of wisdom.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Austin J. Walker on August 18, 2011
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I'm going to be honest. I've never been through true tragedy. I've never had anyone die, disappear, or truly suffer. I've never had the very core of me say, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "If God is so good, why does this happen?" So the idea of reading a book on that premise, on dealing with hard times, wasn't initially appealing.

However, I cannot say how grateful I am that I read it. As a Student Pastor, there is no telling what kind of "life" is going to happen to my students. In fact, last night, I had a student call me at 1:00 A.M. saying her brother was found dead in his apartment. I still would never dare say, "I understand how you feel. It's ok." But I can say that I have a better perspective on the situation, their thought processes, and how to help them heal as a family. I have never been the, "Well, I know someone died, but God says it all works for good...see this verse? It means don't be sad right now," kind of person. But I had no idea prior to reading this book anything about these types of situations.

Before I end up rambling for pages, I'll finish with this. As someone in vocational, full-time ministry, I'd say that TORN is a game changer. Jud hits the nail on the head, includes lots of tear jerking, personal stories, and truly walks the reader through how to trust God when it's hard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bloyer on August 22, 2011
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"Torn: Trusting God When Life Leaves You in Pieces" is a book for where many people are living today. I am so excited to be able to share this book with the people that are in my life that are struggling with all the issues of life that Jud touches on in this book. I know of friends and family that are dealing with addiction, loss, financial loss, depression, and many others that will benefit from the unqiue way that life stories and the Bible are tied together through out TORN. I believe that this is a book that will enable many people to live a life of faith even when things are tough. If you know of someone that is in the midst of the struggle encourage them to get TORN, better yet you get it for them as a gift as a fellow traveler in the journey of faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derek Beauchamp on September 18, 2011
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Torn is an incredible read. Jud does a great job of combining stories that we can relate to with knowledge that we need. The idea of why life is difficult is addressed masterfully. Jud brings to life what is all on our minds. A must read for those that feel broken, and those seeking to understand.
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