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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book will Change Your Understanding of God, June 8, 2006
This review is from: Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy (Paperback)
This book will provide profound insights into the nature of both God and suffering. It will not offer easy formulas or specific prayers that will lead to material abundance or emotional well being. As a matter of fact, it may force the reader to reexamine their motives for becoming a Christian in the first place.

This is a book for anyone searching for the reasons why God allows suffering and brokenness into their lives; and why everything worthwhile has been taken away from them.

Dr. Larry Crabb presents a truly remarkable premise within the pages of this book. And that is to really experience a profound joy, we must first go through a period of brokenness and shattered dreams. It is only by experiencing this can we ultimately come into a true encounter with God that will lead us to joy. In other words, God oftentimes will strip away the lesser things of this world in order to reveal Himself to us.

God's plans for our lives are on a far higher level than anything we can even imagine. Dr. Crabb uses the Book of Ruth to illustrate this Biblical principle, but he could have easily have used the Book of Job. In both cases, the principle characters experienced enormous suffering and loss in their lives. However, it was through the experience of these "shattered dreams" that both Naomi and Job ultimately came to a much greater and profound understanding of God - and this led them to experience true joy.

The book is not without flaws and I would have liked to have read more about experiencing "encounters with God." At the end of the book, Dr. Crabb writes "A new way to live is available to us, a way that leads to a joy-filled encounter with Christ, to a life-arousing community with others, and to a powerful transformation of our interior worlds that makes us more like Jesus." Perhaps another book on this subject will someday appear. However, in the meantime, "Shattered Dreams" goes a long way in explaining why God allows suffering and brokenness into our lives.
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