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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Finding God in the Ruins by Matt Bays- Hope for the Hurting


My Thoughts:

Finding God in the Ruins, written by Matt Bays, is an incredibly honest and powerful account of how God can be found in the midst of pain, loss, desperation and hopelessness. I truly believe this book could save your life. So many of us struggle in silence, barely making it through the day. Please don't give up! This book will ease your pain and show you that God is with us- in the good times and bad. (PM me if you need to talk. I'll be happy to send you my copy of this book.) Through Matt's personal struggles and suffering (he has had more than his share) he shares the journey he walked to find peace- and God was waiting there. "Healing has no map; every person's experience is different." 

Scattered throughout this book are personal stories of pain and anguish. Abuse, tragedy, illness, depression, betrayal, alcoholism, cancer, self injury, cancer, sexual slavery, a nameless woe and more. This book is hardcore- and very much needed by so many. Matt Bays doesn't candy coat a word. Thank you, Matt. Looking the other way, covering things up, and/or pretending everything is just fine doesn't help a bit. Knowing God is on your side and that others have experienced your pain is conducive to healing and redemption. Hope exists and is there for the taking, friends. It's during the hard times that God shines His brightest!   

I form the light and create darkness,  I bring prosperity and create disaster,  I, the Lord, do all these things.  Isaiah 45:7

God has promised that along with prosperity, "we will have trouble in this life". Through our troubles we can deliver hope to others. We can be survivors and help others to do the same. In the midst of pain, frustration or unmet expectations you may want to ask the Lord, "What is it that you want me to learn so that I can accomplish your will for my life?" I plan to do exactly the same thing.

-Read an excerpt from Finding God in the Ruins on New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp's website: http://bit.ly/1Pa4R7C

About the book: 

Finding God in the Ruins (David C. Cook, March 2016)

If God is love, why do we hurt so much?

When the reality of your pain doesn't line up with what you've been taught in church, then what? While many abandon their faith or embrace hopelessness, it is possible to discover the God who heals your heart in the midst of the pain.

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.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Mkv8QQ
 
About the author:


Matt Bays
 is a writer, speaker, and musician with a passion to call people out of their hiding places. In ministry for twenty years, he and his wife, Heather, live in Indianapolis with their fun-loving and insightful teenage daughters.


*I was given a copy of this incredible book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

1 comment:

Matt Bays said...

Thank you for the generous review! And thank you for reading!!!