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Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain Paperback – March 1, 2016
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This book is deep and wise- it's also funny when you least expect it. I think so many of us are at risk of being cynical about God because in the face of loss and trauma and pain we are handed platitudes that work better on a cross-stitched pillow than they do in real life.
This author doesn't roll that way. He speaks frankly about his own life and how he struggled with his faith in the face of trauma, abuse, loss and addiction. He models for us how to be IN a relationship with God, a relationship that works both ways, and he does it with equal measures of grace and grit.
It honest-to-God is helping me to be honest WITH God.
This book is a gift you should give to yourself- I promise, you won't be sorry.
If God is love, why do we hurt so much?
Matt Bays has been where you are. His unforgettable stories of loss and healing will usher you into a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to God. With a fresh and original writing style, Bays demonstrates that true redemption is far more powerful than the temporary fixes of sanitized Christianity.
“God in real life, is nothing like the God we’ve been taught about in church. Anyone who has been through tragedy, pain, trauma, or devastating loss knows that in those moments, and in the terrible aftermath, hell often feels much more powerful than heaven. In the midst of our suffering, we find ourselves trying to bear the absence of God, sometimes while doubting his very existence…Perhaps you struggle to understand a God who allows such shocking personal tragedy and pointless suffering.” (p. 14-15)
In Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain. Author Matt Bays does an excellent job at writing in a manner that is accessible for the reader while being brutally honest, open and transparent about his own life’s pain, struggles, doubts and questions. This is definitely a book I will find myself recommending to others over and over again.
I couldn’t help but find large pieces of my story woven into Bays’ story and at the cross-section of them to see God’s story as well as the backdrop of them both. I found myself saying over and over again “me too”, “you are not alone”. I am convinced that everyone has hurts, habits and hangups. Not necessarily to the same extent or degree, but all our stories intersect especially in pain and suffering; and if we look deep enough into the ruins we find it is also part of God’s story as well and that we are part of His story too.