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The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness by KP Yohannan

By on Jun 3, 2016 in Book Reviews, Suffering & Brokenness | 0 comments

The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness K.P. Yohannan 2014 72 pages   The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness by K.P. Yohannan gave me a huge “aha” revelation about the meaning of brokenness. I had always understood brokenness in terms of imperfection, like a cracked pot that was no longer useful until God’s grace filled the gaps to make us useful to Him. Yohannan writes, “By nature we all are the opposite of the one whom He esteems. We are all unbroken. We are as solid as the hardest substance you can find—unbending, self-centered, self-ambitious and never wanting to give in.” This is the starting point from which the author leads the reader downward to a place of submission. I found the following description beautifully moving. In Matthew 11:29-30, we read one of the most beautiful Scripture portions ever recorded. It is the invitation of Christ—“Take My yoke upon you and learn from...

The God Who Sees You by Tammy Maltby

By on Dec 19, 2015 in Book Reviews, God and Christ, Suffering & Brokenness | 0 comments

The God Who Sees You Look to Him When You Feel Discouraged, Forgotten, or Invisible Tammy Maltby 2012 240 pages   The God Who Sees You begins with the story of Hagar, who fled her abusive slave mistress and fled into the desert where she encountered God. She called Him El-Roi, “The God Who Sees Me.” We all reach points in life where we wonder if God really sees us. Does He see my suffering? Does He see my desperate need? Does He see my invisible heartache? Does He see ME? Tammy Maltby explores the idea of being seen by God and seeing God. She looks at the causes of our blindness that keep us from seeing God—or seeing that God sees us. Beautifully written, backed by Scripture, and tested in her personal experience, the powerful message of The God Who Sees You touches us at our point of need and teaches us to pass this healing message on to others: God sees...

Broken for a Purpose by Gisela Yohannan

By on Nov 29, 2015 in Book Reviews, Suffering & Brokenness | 0 comments

Gisela Yohannan shares some of her personal struggles in her book, Broken for a Purpose. Whether it’s the struggle to forgive others or ask for forgiveness, or self-doubts about shortcomings and failures, she is open and honest about her struggles as a Christian and the good that comes of the struggle itself. For it is in the struggles that we are made more like Jesus. God doesn’t give us difficulties to make us suffer. He gives us obstacles and challenges to shape us into the image of Christ. Our struggles have a purpose. Let me share a brief story from the book that really spoke to my heart right now because I feel the same inner conflict. Here, Gisela shares how she wrestled with her failures and faults, feeling unworthy to serve the Lord and teach other women. Then the Lord did something special to touch her heart.   The more time I spent thinking, the longer the list of my...

When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood (@edunderwood)

By on Feb 21, 2015 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope, Memoir & Testimony, Suffering & Brokenness | 0 comments

When God Breaks Your Heart Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances Ed Underwood (@edunderwood) 2008 224 pages Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audiobook CD, and Audible audio download. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, and audiobook download. I read the Kindle edition.       But your need for safety and your fear of surprises will rob your life of the astonishing interventions with which He wants to fill your days. –Ed Underwood, When God Breaks Your Heart, quote from Part II, “The Misery.”   Ed Underwood is a remarkable man, dealing with severe lymphoma causing his skin to fall off, leaving raw, oozing sores reminiscent of the trials of Job. Those of us who have experienced faith-shattering trials know the depth of spiritual trauma ongoing crisis can cause. In his book, When God Breaks Your Heart: Choosing Hope in the Midst of...

Live Uncaged by Mary DeMuth

By on Feb 18, 2015 in Book Reviews, Faith & Hope, Suffering & Brokenness | 0 comments

Live Uncaged: Find the Freedom You’ve Always Wanted Mary Demuth (@MaryDeMuth) 2013 106 pages Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. I read the Kindle edition.       Mary DeMuth writes well, but be warned that Live Uncaged: Find the Freedom You’ve Always Wanted is a collection of blog posts. The author states her purpose in the introduction: “I want you to be free from the shackles of the past.” While this is a worthy aim, it just didn’t seem like the selections furthered that theme. Each of the blog posts are finely written and convey their intended message. However, I found the collection, gathered into three sections (dealing with past, present, and future), seemed to lack cohesiveness to bind it all together.   Today, chilled to the fingers, I ran toward the lake, my mind wandering. Something shiny and bright caught my eye. Caught in the overhead...