Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Path to Joy  -     By: Larry Crabb
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Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Path to Joy

WaterBrook Press / 2010 / Paperback

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If God loves us, why is life so painful? Exploring the biblical account of Naomi, Crabb explains how God longs to awaken his children to the dream beneath the rubble of tragedy---changing lives for good and forever. Ideal for small groups, this edition includes a workbook to help you dig deeper.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0307459500
ISBN-13: 9780307459503
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Learn How to Look Through Life's Tragedies and See the Lavish Blessings God Has For You!
 
"Shattered dreams," writes Dr. Larry Crabb, "are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream."
 
To help you understand this neglected truth in the deepest and most helpful way, author and counselor Larry Crabb has written a wise, hopeful, honest, and realistic examination of life’s difficulties and tragedies. He wraps insights around the bold story of Naomi in the Bible’s book of Ruth.
 
As Crabb retells and illuminates this sometimes disturbing and often profoundly touching story, we are shown how God stripped Naomi of happiness in order to prepare her for joy. And we gain an unforgettable picture of how God uses shattered dreams to release better dreams and a more fulfilling life for those He loves.
 
Shattered dreams have the power to change our lives for good. Forever.

Author Bio

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. In addition to various speaking and teaching opportunities, he is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors.  His many popular books include Inside Out, Finding God, The Pressure’s Off, Connecting, Becoming a True Spiritual Community, The PAPA Prayer, SoulTalk, and his life work, 66 Love Letters. For additional information visit NewWayMinistries.org.

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  1. NannieP
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Soul Revolution
    July 31, 2012
    NannieP
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book addresses the hard questions and the hard times and does not mask it with Chistian platitudes. It is revolutionizing my desire for God and I hope my daily walk as His child living in this broken world with the certain hope of heaven where we will no longer be broken!
  2. Sherry Cowell
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must Read Book
    March 6, 2012
    Sherry Cowell
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The only people who do NOT need to read this book are the ones WITHOUT Shattered Dreams. A real paradigm shifter!
  3. go with the Flo
    Fresno, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2012
    go with the Flo
    Fresno, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It hits the spot and delivers 'why' we sometimes have "Shattered Dreams"
  4. IWSDReviewer
    Haverhill, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Severe Companion
    April 1, 2011
    IWSDReviewer
    Haverhill, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It takes courage, and a rather other-worldly conviction, to write a book that's not a self-contained experience of satisfaction. This book, in focusing on the gift of shattered dreams, is like a spiritual leaf-blower, blasting away all that covers your true grounding in God, and like a leaf-blower, it also kicks up a lot of other things, like worms and rot in the soul. But it unearths more than it answers, and leaves your soul, and your story, open-ended, ready for a fresh, deeply personal encounter of God. The outstanding workbook accompanying this edition insistently fosters these encounters. Like a good spiritual director, the book is careful to stay out of the way of becoming more of a resource to you than God's living presence.

    When I finished the last chapter, at first I felt disappointed, and maybe a little cheated, having secretly hoped, after pages and pages of pent up anticipation, for a neat and tidy conclusion. But after a couple of days of turning to the living God, God spoke, as only God can do, to my unique soul. God gave me an image for an anchoring hope in Him that was not articulated as such in the book, but which I was made ready to receive because of the book. And now, I wouldn't have it any other way. Now I'm glorifying God, not Larry Crabb, and I'm grateful to Crabb as a brother on the journey.

    Working through this book is an eminently worthwhile experience I would recommend to anyone desiring deeper fellowship with and purer hope in God. When I say ‘working', however, I'm not kidding-this book requires spiritual labor. But it's good work if you can get it. -

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, in exchange for writing an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
  5. Wade Wood
    Plattsburgh, New York
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great insight in looking past our Shattered Dreams
    February 10, 2011
    Wade Wood
    Plattsburgh, New York
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is of interest for two reasons:

    1. The author Larry Crabb. I have read other books of his while pursuing my Master of Divinity in Pastoral counseling, and

    2. I am going through a time period that looks like dreams are being shattered.

    In the introduction Dr. Crabb enlightens the reader with a biblical truth. "***There's never a moment in all our lives, from the day we trusted Christ till the day we see Him, when God is not longing to bless us.***"-(Crabb, 2010) So many times we as Christians have our dreams smashed and shattered. Whether it is a career, finding we have a terminal disease or the ending of a marriage, we all have dreams that are shattered at some point in our life. In the book ***Shattered Dreams***, Dr. Crabb dares to address the issue that is not addressed by a lot of pastors today. He take a look at or dreams and asks the tough questions like:

    1. Is our dream really a desire or is it an addiction?

    2. Is there hidden hope?

    3. What is going on when both shoes drop?

    The book makes the reader look beyond the pain of the shattered dream to the hope that is within it. In doing so we realize the God has really not abandoned us, rather he is working in and through us to achieve the ultimate dream. This is the closer relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we look at our list of Dreams we need to keep Christ at the top, even throught he pain of the tough areas of our lives. In doing so we are going to find a new way to live. This will lead us on a new journey of joy. Shattered Dreams has shown that living out our dreams is not alway the best way to live out God's plan for our lives. In our self oriented lives we need to put God in the driver seat and let him lead. Larry Crabb has written a well thought out plan to accomplish this goal.

    **(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)**
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