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Heartstone: A Journey out of the midnight of my soul Paperback – July 30, 2011
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Heartstone is a journey of destiny, a story of a life turned upside-down for the best possible reason. Step into the story and discover what happens when a broken life has a head on collision with a broken world!
This book isn't for the faint of heart. It's for those who have the courage to face life head on and walk it out with God!
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When Google+ first launched, many of us added each other with similar interests and discovered new tastes, books, websites, and so on. At some point, Tim announced the Kindle version of his book was free on Amazon for a day, so I grabbed it.
In Heartstone, the author shares personal gut wrenching stories related to his having gotten divorced and the way it shattered His world and the journey God brought him on through it all. It's particularly easy to follow along when he shares the details of his story, but sometimes when he shares certain poems I'm not sure I follow the train of thought completely. But otherwise, this book is rich with some very interesting and revelatory insights into "stones" in the Scripture God spoke to Him about. I don't want to spoil it or give it away, but I personally was more enthralled with the way he ties all his thoughts together with a common thread that weaves through all the chapters and makes the reader look at certain things in Scripture differently than before. For that, Tim has done an excellent job.
I also didn't read it very fast (which I normally do with almost any book), but each short chapter is rich with insight, especially the ones when he's taking time to dive into the Scriptures. I had to chew and process things. For me, that is a GOOD thing about any book.
I recommend getting this book, and saving it for when you really feel you are going through the ringer, as I'm sure the personal insights and experiences Tim shares in this book will be a huge source of comfort and peace for those who could use it in that light. Forget reading certain Psalms when you're feeling certain ways. Pick up this book and read it when you're going through a dark night of the soul.
Don't expect convenient excuses or easy answers in this book. For those who think that being a Christian somehow offers a protective shield from the pain of this world, this book offers a "think again" challenge. As Young writes, "Life is not an injury-free sport." We all suffer through storms in life. Young's storm is divorce. To his credit, he doesn't try to sugarcoat the causes or oversimplify the effects. Rather, he exposes the wound in his heart over and over, exposing the reader to his self-blame, his loneliness, his doubt and, eventually, his journey and exploration of faith and healing.
A grape cannot become wine without going through the winepress (and coming through the other side as something transformed and utterly different from when it began the process). Young's journey is no less transformative. A reader learns what it's like to journey through the midnight of Young's soul. Through Young's story, we learn that it's only through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ that one can be made whole again after the pain of a divorce.
Lastly, worth noting is the book's narrative structure. Like a hike in the White Mountains, the writing takes unexpected turns, veering on and off the well-marked path, over granite-rock terrain, into old-growth forests of darkness and, finally, out into the light, to the summit -- that exposed-rock place where one can see a 360-degree view of hope that only the heightened perspective of experience provides. It's written in a unique style; a blend of narrative and interrogation, memoir and poetry, exposition and exploration.
For anyone who has been broken by life (and, to some extent, who hasn't?), this book offers some good news: You don't have to go through it alone. In fact, you never have been alone. The God who created you is waiting for you to come to Him and, like a child, seek his comfort and his healing. Don't know how to ask for such help, or doubtful such help exists? Tim Young has offered to be your guide on the journey, and his story is the map to help get you there.
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