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When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change Paperback – March 7, 1996
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"When God Interrupts" is book of hard contemporary wisdom set firmly within the Christian tradition. It is only secondarily a work of inspiration, although it contains passages that will invariably draws tears of recognition, and it will bring absolutely no comfort to those used to browsing the self-help literature for answers to their problems. It is a book for those who may have labored for years under the illusion that they have somehow taken the measure of God, at last understood His will, and are now ready to accept His reward for all their faith and righteousness. God's silence at the other end of this "deal" can be overwhelming, but for Barnes such moments, and he refers to them here and in other contexts as abandonments, are an invitation, a challenge to finally give to God what He wants most from us: ourselves.Read more ›
Any Christian who has suffered a huge interruption in the life that he or she has expected to live will benefit from this book. Like it or not, most of us will be abandoned by many things we value in this life. Even the best things we have our only ours for a time. We stand to lose our material wealth, our health, our livelihood, people we love, and finally our very lives as such. Dealing with this grim reality requires a choice of perspective. We can devote our life's energies to trying to preserve our lives as we want, or hope, them to be. The fear of losing our self-made lives will rule our lives. Inevitably, loss will come. How will you take that loss? If the meaning you find in your life depends on your ability to keep it the way you want it, then the loss may come pretty hard. Alternatively, M. Craig Barnes presents a perspective based on Bible lessons and people's stories which can help us to see and appreciate the sum of our lives as an unearned gift from God.
Gaining this perspective requires a conversion process that goes beyond mental assent to certain doctrines or simple belief. It is when we are abandoned by things we hold most dear that the test of faith comes. Is it real, or is it mostly dependent on our having our lives the way we want them to be? Most of us will have more than one opportunity in our lives to find out. The good news is that, even if we can't have the life we wanted, God can show us a way to want the life we have.Read more ›
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My wife used this in a Sunday school class. Much more meaningful than I first thoughtPublished 8 months ago by Jet tech
Don't waste your money. The book is made up of common sense antidotes. Barnes is good at making a list of unfortunate happenings facing humanity. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John W
I thought the book would be more geared towards the general public no matter your religion but it's not.Published 11 months ago by Marina
Excellent job of illustrating life as I think Christ wishes us to interact and live. Am on my third reading.Published 19 months ago by larry d kerns
This book is a sober look at the many unwanted changes that happen in life. More of a, " This is just the way things are" reality check than an uplifting read. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Just An Opinion