Did you know that in Heaven's eyes, you're already involved in the most powerful plot of all? Jesus has come to set you free. Not simply to parole you, but to liberate you to love as He loves. You have a chance to join the permanent cast in God's unfolding drama...or not. If you say yes, the fresh winds of purpose, healing, and authenticity await you as does a fresh start. Don't expect to stay behind the scenes, though. God's epic will feature you in a panoramic redemption where everything in your life that's been broken or simply isn't right gets renewed.
Singer-songwriter Chapman teams up with Smith, a well-known evangelical
pastor, to explore the biblical promise that even in a broken, despairing
world Jesus is actively working to make all things new. Both authors expound
upon this promise as they share numerous heart-wrenching, soul-searing stories
of those who behold Christ amid suffering and recognize that brokenness is
the journey to newness. Chapman and Smith tell profound personal tales of
discovery. Especially poignant is Smith's admission of failure in his marriage
and his realization that he had stayed "hidden" from his wife by resorting to
busyness and self-contempt. Smith understands brokenness and candidly admits
that although he is a seasoned believer, he sometimes embraces faulty theology
or does not believe the gospel's powerful truth. Together and sometimes singly
(which causes some confusion as to which author is speaking), the writers
discuss what restoration looks like in creation, worship, culture and in a
flawed church. Readers will likely pause for much-needed reflection in this
occasionally uneven, yet always hopeful, book that tugs at the heartstrings.
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