This was a hard book for me to read because it was difficult to read about what Matt endured. I read it a little bit at a time because of that. Sometimes I could only read a chapter a week, while other weeks a few chapters or so. Matt's story was heartbreaking on one hand, and very encouraging on another. I was the most intrigued about how he explained that God seemed silent to him while he was going through the hardships, which is how I sometimes feel. It was encouraging to read about how God has used what happened to him to help others that have been put in his path.
Sometimes I think it is great for us to share our stories to help people at different times God wants us to. There are other times I think it could damage the reputation of people that hurt us if we use their names or people can figure out who they are, especially if they have turned from the bad behavior. So, through this book Matt encouraged me to share my story with discernment, I believe in regards to how and to whom I should share it with. I loved reading about some of the people that came into Matt's life to encourage him while he was going through hardships.
There is a discussion question guide in the back of the book for each chapter that people could use for individual or for group study.
My review= 5 out of 5 stars
I received this book as well as an advanced reader's copy of this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
A beautiful song by Matt and his sister Trina (Wee):
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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.
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