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When God Breaks Your Heart: Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances by [Underwood, Ed]
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"Author and pastor Ed Underwood delivers a message of faith and hope in answer to the painful question:  "Why is God letting this happen to me?" He expresses the depth of his own suffering relating to his own "why me?" questions as he recounts the details of his agonizingly painful condition of untreatable chronic leukemia. With clarity he describes how God brought him back from the dark days and nights of his own deathbed. He explores the story of Lazarus, whom Jesus resurrected from the dead, and his sisters, Mary and Martha, who experienced questions, doubt, and loss of hope over their brother's death, all of which led to deep spiritual insights and renewed faith when they realized God can do anything, even raise someone from the dead." 
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

About the Author

Ed Underwood is the pastor of Church of the Open Door, a ministry dedicated to helping people fulfill their purpose in life. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and has served as an officer in the United States Army and a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. Ed and his family reside in southern California.

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  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (November 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 935015000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9350150009
  • ASIN: B005MTBJEK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wonderful book, full of insights, includes biblical references you don't have to look up if you don't want to. It's for everyone that ever felt hurt, not just for someone who has cancer like the author.
I normally give away books after I read them, I'm keeping this one in by bedside drawer. I've memorized parts of it, and I know I'll re-read it again and again.
What a gift to the reader!
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As many books do, this book delivers a message of faith and hope. As few books do, it shares the raw story of facing unimaginable pain and living to tell about it. It confronts the honest doubts and questions that come when life falls apart. When God Breaks Your Heart is definitely a must-read; you won't be able to put it down.
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Ed Underwood served others for many years as a pastor to hurting people, helping them through their darkest hours. Little did this man of God realize how harshly his own faith would be tested.

As a man of faith, Underwood shares his story of suffering and how he gave up on God one night after fighting the effects of chronic leukemia. With his loving wife by his side, who told him he needed to be quiet in his pleadings that particular evening because of the presence of their young grandchildren in the house, Underwood told her flatly not to worry. He wasn't praying any longer, for surely God in all His mighty sovereignty (if He indeed loved him) could stop this infernal pain. So why didn't God do so?

So begins Underwood's spiritual journey of despair, which jump-started at one intolerable point of physical suffering. Even though he continues to fight against this deadly, debilitating and frequently disfiguring disease, Underwood has passed from doubt to trust again. His story, written from the real trenches of the likes of Job's suffering, will challenge, encourage and light the way for countless other Christians who ask their own set of "whys" amidst tragedy.

Using the biblical account of Mary and Martha awaiting the return of Jesus when their brother Lazarus was dying, Underwood closely examines the emotional components of this intimate relationship and how Jesus used His friend's death to glorify God and draw Mary and Martha closer to Him. He rightly expounds upon how these sisters sent a report to Jesus of Lazarus's deteriorating condition when they should have offered direct, faith-driven, bold requests.

So should we.
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experienced some of the deep pain of life. If you've asked 'why?' this book is for you. This open, honest, thought-provoking look at the story of Lazaras and Ed's personal story is breath taking. I couldn't put it down for the first 105 pages and then only then, because my family insisted on eating dinner. There is healing in these pages. Ed has seen real life altering pain and lived through it to continue to serve.
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What's the point of prayer?

There are times when the question's hard to answer. It's easy to believe in God when life is going well, when you're well-fed and well-rested and full of love; it can be much harder for the sick and suffering--the prisoner facing a death sentence for a mistake that cannot be undone, the families of children taken before their time, the individual wracked with a debilitating illness who prays for help but still suffers.

Pastor Ed Underwood (the father of a close personal friend of mine) found himself in the latter category when he was stricken with chronic leukemia. A man of faith who had comforted many others going through life-shattering circumstances, he found himself beyond consolation. He asked a question common in such circumstances: What kind of parent would allow this to happen to a child?

But despite all the difficulties, he was able to find the strength to get through his trials--not because he had the strength, but because he was willing to ask God for it in spite of all of the suffering that had apparently been inflicted on him.

His insights on this process are remarkable. For one, he mentions that we often make the mistake of reporting to God--as if God were somehow unaware of our suffering and in need of a reminder!--rather than really praying and asking God for help. (For me, this insight alone was worth the price of the book.) An all-knowing God does not need to be reminded of our pain--but an all-loving God needs us to ask for help, because, like any loving parent, God will not force His way into our business, and will let us handle things ourselves if we say that's what we want.

Elsewhere, Pastor Underwood shares the lessons he gleaned from the biblical story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.
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This is a preciously honest and helpful book that I found to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. Ed Underwood has something unique to share, and I am so grateful that he cares enough for others' suffering to so honestly share his own journey of pain and deep anguish and how God led him to a glorious triumphant path, which could be walked on by many others too. And that is a truly good news!
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