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Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain

David C. Cook / 2016 / Paperback

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Do you know somebody who's experienced deep loss or pain---or who craves more than trite answers about suffering? With pastoral wisdom, personal transparency, and unforgettable stories, Bays shares his struggles about growing up in a dysfunctional home---and shows the path to an authentic hope and real redemption that will enlarge your understanding of God. Includes questions for group discussion or individual reflection. 256 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 5.50 X 42430.00 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0781413834
ISBN-13: 9780781413831

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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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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.

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding God For Healing In Deep Pain
    March 31, 2016
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Matt Bays in his new book, Finding God in the Ruins published by David C Cook gives us How God Redeems Pain.

    From the back cover: If God is LOVE, why do we hurt so much?

    When the reality of your pain doesnt line up with what youve 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.

    Have you ever hurt? Some of us have deep emotional trauma, some of us have deep physical pain and, then, some of us have both emotional and physical pain. And for some of us it never goes away. What if you lose a child? How about losing a spouse? What if the doctor says it is cancer and cannot cure it or perhaps you lose a leg? This kind of pain can be crippling so how do you handle it? Matt Bays has looked for answers and this book is his response. He does it in four parts. Part One: The Backstory, Part Two: Compathy, Part Three: Storytold, Part Four: Redemption 2.0. It seems our first reaction when this kind of pain occurs is to blame God. If we take the contents of this book to heart, thanks to Matt Bays, our new first reaction will be to run to God. When we are in disaster and at the bottom and all we see are ruins we will have new eyes to find and see God. And then we will rejoice with Him and let Him heal us. I recommend this book highly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding God In The Ruins
    March 28, 2016
    Hope N. Griffin
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This is a wonderful book that asks some hard questions. If you are looking for easy sunday school answers then this is not the book for you. Matt Bays shares his struggles of faith and doubt, of his past with his today. He is honest about his pain and journey. I really enjoyed this book and how it challenged me. In the midst of reading our family experienced a great loss. The book was timely for my own life journey.
  3. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Finding God in the Ruins ~ Matt Bays
    March 26, 2016
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is a true story of Matt Bays life experiences of heartache, suffering and realizing GOD does not give happiness everyday in life. The book may be hard for some to read as it is written with deep details of may heartbreaking situations that Matt has had to endure during his life. How do you keep your faith and keep going everyday for GOD when everything seems to falling apart?

    I would recommend this book to those that are going through some very deep heartaches and situations in life that you don't know how you are going to handle. This book is not for the faint at heart or if you want a nice fluffy read, this is a true hard core read about life.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  4. Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Do You GET Redemption? Matt Bays Certainly Does!
    March 24, 2016
    Doc Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When the reality of your pain doesnt line up with what youve been taught in church, then what?

    While there are some things in this book with which I might take issue, that doesnt keep me from experiencing awe and wonder that this book was ever written in the first place.

    You see, many people most people, if you really think about it who have experienced the depths of depravity, depression, and disillusionment that author Matt Bays shares between the covers of this book . . . they just dont make it back.

    Sin, and mans inhumanity to man, and just walking about in a broken world has not merely hollowed them out . . . it has gutted them, and left them writhing in pain and misery. And that becomes their life.

    By Gods grace . . . by Gods redemption of every aspect of Matt Bays life . . . Matt has not only survived. He has taken the next step. He has chosen to live, not to merely exist. He has chosen to risk opening himself up to more pain, if it should happen along. He has chosen to love someone who might wind up abandoning or abusing him again. He has chosen to reach out to others, when most would be found curled in the fetal position.

    The story is not pretty. Its not a nice and neat parable, with a homiletical application to finish it off. But its a story that needs to be told, and a story that needs to be heard.

    Because God is still in the redemption business. And business is good. Business is booming.

    Imagine a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to him.

    Thats what redemption looks like.

    5 stars for a life-changing glimpse of The God Who Is There
  5. upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    moving read
    March 22, 2016
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is so easy in the midst of pain to place the blame on everyone around you, yourself and even God and to also question God's love and why bad things happen to good people. Matt Bays shares his heart, his life experiences with honesty, heartache and humor in his book, "Finding God in the Ruins." Matt shares how his life was full of anger, despair and so many hurtful things over and over again as his dad was incapable of being the father he needed, his mom's relationships were not healthy and Matt was there seeking God to help, but yet finding himself dealing with hurt once again. By being able to find God and allowing Him to help him overcome the anger and despair, Matt was able to move past this.

    I loved the honesty and openness with which Matt wrote this book. Matt did not hold back from his experiences and the pain he felt. This made the book so relatable and also really helped me to think about things I may be holding onto and questioning as quite honestly life is not fair and it is hard to get past and over the pain that is a part of life. While this is truly a journey and not a quick fix, this is a book that I am sure I will turn to time and time again in moments of feeling defeated and lost and needing a reminder of God's love and hope.
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