Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness: How Pain Reveals His Deepest LoveCharles StanleyThomas Nelson / 2017 / Hardcover$4.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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vanessa waltersRed Cloud, Neb.Age: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookFebruary 25, 2019vanessa waltersRed Cloud, Neb.Age: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5This could be called a 'gift book'; but Dr. Stanley tells of being broken, God's remedy and our response very well. Its a short, concise book. I would give this to someone having or going through a rough patch in life. The photographs (all Dr. Stanley's) are beautiful, they add to the message this book gives.
Rachel5 Stars Out Of 5His Blessings AboundMarch 31, 2017RachelQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In one word - WOW! As in a sensational success!
Like all books that I receive in the mail, I eagerly open the package like a little kid on Christmas morning. In most cases once I start reading the book I can't put it down. This one was amazing. It was written very much to the point. There wasn't a lot of stories to convey the purpose or point he was trying to make he just got to the point. I enjoyed reading the book, some parts were harder to read than others just because of life circumstances. The idea of being broken is something we can all relate to but very few of us embrace the pain, we spend a lot of time trying to run from it or avoid it. In those places that we feel deeply broken, there lies a place for God's love to shine the brightest. One of my favorite parts of this book was in the final chapter which was titled "The Promise of Blessing." There was a section about God's grace and how Paul had a thorn in his flesh that made him feel weak and insufficient. It was Paul's brokenness. Ultimately Paul accepted it as, "God's way of bringing him to the blessing of knowing that God was sufficient for him regardless of any outer circumstances." Stanley went on to explain that we only ever truly learn about God's grace when we are brought to a place where we can no longer endure the pain we feel. He then talked about the refining of precious metals and how it starts with low heat and "certain impurities respond quickly to heat, and they rise to the surface of the metal and are skimmed away. The heat is then increased and other impurities rise to the top of the cauldron of molten metal and are skimmed off. Only under extremely intense heat will the most stubborn of impurities separate from the metal and rise to the top where they can be removed. The process is the same in our lives. The breaking in our lives is by degrees. God breaks us layer by layer, bit by bit. If God moved immediately to the deepest areas of our lives, we couldn't stand it. The most deeply embedded things within us are subject to the greatest amount of brokenness. Only when these deep-seated, strongly entrenched weaknesses or flaws are removed can we truly say, 'i know God's grace is sufficient for anything." Only by knowing the full intensity of God's refining fire to do we experience God's unlimited grace. This book was just what I needed, the only bad thing about it was that it seemed to end too soon....
MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Finding God's Blessings In BrokennessFebruary 17, 2017MichaelIndian Trail, NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness" is yet another great title by Charles Stanley. As mentioned in the title, the book addresses the issue of being blessed by God when we are broken by Him. Around 160 pages, some of the topics covered include:
1. Reasons we need to be broken.
2. Things we trust in instead of God.
3. The kind of supernatural ministry God does in and through us when we are broken for His glory.
4. How God can arrange circumstances for us to be broken.
5. The types of rebellion we express towards God.
6. Traits of Christ's character produced in us when we are broken.
7. 5 great blessings from brokenness.
The book flows smoothly from topic to topic and is written in the typical Stanley - to the point, insightful, convicting, and encouraging. Good read and challenge to hang in there when God is in the process of breaking you. Trust Him, He knows what He's doing! Recommended.
I was given a review copy by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a fair review.
ciciAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Growth from PainFebruary 14, 2017ciciAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I would never have thought that I would ever know the pain of being broken in my life and the bleakness of this is unbearable. However, Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness by Charles Stanley shares the power of God's ability to take us out of the dark right back to the light of life. I loved every single powerful word Stanley shares on this subject because it is easily readable and devourable for his readers. I wish there had been more stories or just more to this book it was that enjoyable. It is the best book that should be given to all because we all will be touched with some sort of loss. I received a copy for this review from book look bloggers and all opinions are my own.
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