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In an original and thought-provoking work, Pastor Josh Ross invites us to enter into the suffering around us--and to embrace our scars and God's restoring work.
While many books declare God a great liberator, Pastor Ross reminds us that He is also a God who enters into the sufferings of the world, bringing the message of hope that many need in their darkest hours. Scarred Faith meditates on this profound idea, showing how the doubts and pain within us can actually aid deep faith.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 7 X 5 (inches)|
Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering (Hardcover)Timothy KellerDutton / 2013 / Hardcover$18.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews Video
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When Life Hurts: Finding Hope and Healing from the Pain You CarryJimmy Evans, Frank MartinBaker Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$9.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Josh Ross lets you in on his own journey of grief as he discovers that faith is about experience, movement, and process. It is about adventure, adventure that demands honesty. God honors that. He is big enough and even willing enough to handle your questions, no matter how hard they are.
Suffering can be ignored, or suffering can force us to reimagine a world where we are participants in Jesus’ story of restoration. God is raising up people eager to run into the brokenness of the world to experience healing and new life. Are you willing to follow God into these places?
“If you prefer a domesticated and sanitized faith, DON'T READ THIS BOOK! Josh asks hard questions, deep questions, the kind that people only ask who care as deeply as they hurt. But if you have been wounded and if the pain of the world breaks your heart, READ THIS BOOK! You will find hope and courage, not to remove your scars, but to redeem them.” —Rick Atchley, Senior Minister of The Hills Church in Fort Worth, Texas
“This book clung to me for days after I read the first draft. Here Josh Ross walks us into places where God makes no sense to us—and where, on the face of things, He appears to be anything but a good God. The writing style is fresh and creative, but the real genius lies in the way Josh draws the reader up close to raw and inexplicable pain and loss—yet also reveals a way to embrace our pain, rather than to run from it. Ross calls us to be ‘scarred with God’ because God is willing to redirect overwhelming grief into enormous positive energy. A really helpful read for those of us who suffer—and for those who care.” —Lynn Anderson, Hope Network Ministries
“Reading Scarred Faith reminds us that even when death and painful suffering knock us off the busy sidewalks of life into a dark alley of hopelessness, even when we stop believing that a doorway of beauty will open up for us, God arrives. Josh writes beautifully, and with brutal honesty, about the loss of his sister Jenny and brings us closer to the understanding that God dwells in the allies of grief and loss, and it is here that we can find a peace beyond all understanding. This book will challenge you to really dig deep and ask yourself: what is it again that I truly believe?” —Pam Cope, Touch A Life Foundation
“Scarred Faith is a must read for anyone who wants to go deep with God. Josh Ross has captured the true essence of what it means to walk a life with Christ. Sometimes we celebrate answered prayers and sometimes we don’t understand, but in the end Jesus wins. Adventure, heartache, childhood to adulthood, Scarred Faith covers the meaning of growing closer to Christ through everything that we endure and enjoy in life. You will not be able to put this book down.” —Tommy Maddox, Super Bowl Champion and Former NFL Quarterback
“If faith always works the way it should for you, if your prayers are always answered, if you're always living in the delight of a spiritual summer, this book may just puzzle you. But if you have battled doubt, if you have agonized over God's apparent silence, if you've felt gusts of winter chilling your spiritual journey—well, this is your book. Ross writes with raw honesty about life's disappointments but also with bold hope about God's future. I look forward to putting it in the hands of many people who are struggling to believe among life's disappointments.” —Mike Cope, Director of Ministry Outreach, Pepperdine University, and author of Megan's Secrets
“Every few years, a book comes along that inspires you to reexamine your life and your purpose according to what Christ truly has asked us to do as believers. Scarred Faith is such a book. Joshua Ross writes with beautiful honesty and even humor as he fearlessly dives into a world marred by the ugliness of sin, suffering, grief, and tragedy. Joshua seeks not to answer the question 'Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?' But he instead shows us—from firsthand experience—God’s intention that good people use the bad things that have happened to redeem the world around them with the love of Christ. If you were only to read a few books this year besides the Bible, Scarred Faith should be one of them.” —Dudley Rutherford, author of God Has an App for That!
“Although Joshua Ross is not a native Memphian, his book Scarred Faith demonstrates that he reflects some of the most precious values for which our city is known, namely, resilience and faith in God. He has embraced ministry in our city with the type of zeal and deep affection that one would possibly only expect from those with longstanding familial and social connections here. It just shows that Joshua Ross is truly one of us—by geography and by spirit.” —A.C. Wharton, Jr., Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee
"Sometimes wisdom comes from unexpected places. Joshua Ross has written a book that speaks to the human experience and provides a compassionate answer for all of those who havelost a loved one and, with it, their faith. Weaving together the story of losing his beloved sister with lessons of how that loss challenged his faith as an ordained Christian minister, Ross bravely shares with us his own anger and doubt caused by the failure of his prayers and petitions to save his sister. He then leads us to a deeper exploration of the true Christian journey by recognizing that our emotional scars carry with them the opportunity for grace. Ross was inspired to move his young family to one of the poorest neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee, in order to heal himself and to live out the true social gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. As a mother who lost her own son just four years ago, Scarred Faith assures me that my pain can be used to humbly serve others and, in the process, heal myself. It is a book of simplicity, subtlety, and beauty that needs to be shared with the world." —Gayle S. Rose, Chief Executive Officer, Electronic Vaulting Services
Eva P. Scott5 Stars Out Of 5Scars Can Help Your FaithFebruary 26, 2017Eva P. ScottQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Scarred Faith is a personal story told as if you were sitting down with the author. He tells you the story of experiencing his sister's death, getting involved in ministry that goes deeper into the troubles of others instead of running away to "safe" places away from them.
He reminds us that Jesus kept his scars as they reminded us of what he has done for us. Scars are the stories of our life. He talks about how we can help people through our churches and personally, that getting involved in difficult places will bring you scars in the sense that you will be entering the pain of the world around you.
The book asks difficult questions and admits there aren't easy answers, but it's OK to ask God anyway.
An excellent book I would recommend to help you consider how you can help others, and to not hide your pain so that you can help others going through pain, too.
The book I purchased was paperback with folded flaps on the front and back that made it solid with easy-to-read typeface.
Karen Lyn5 Stars Out Of 5Emotional, challenging, and inspiring.June 1, 2013Karen LynQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Josh has done an excellent job of sharing how God has used his journey of grief to help him become more engaged with the world around him. I was greatly challenged to do the same.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5an encouraging book for those scarred by lifeMay 4, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Deep faith is scarred faith," Josh insists. Faith is formed and nourished in the hard experiences of life. Faith is a journey with moments of pain, regret, wounds, suspense, and questioning. (4)
Josh relates his older sister's death at 31 and uses it as a springboard to explore those times when we think God has taken us on a wrong turn in life. We have so many questions about God's promises - when healing does not come. The questions lead us to the Fall and the groaning of all creation. Josh shares his soul laid bare before God.
What do we do when God asks us to follow Jesus into places of suffering? While some suffering is because of bad choices and other suffering is because we choose to enter into brokenness, it is the unintentional suffering outside of our control that rattles us to the core. That suffering is a primary reason Josh wrote this book.
Josh has both experienced and seen that suffering. Josh recently moved his family from the suburbs of Memphis to an "at risk" neighborhood in the city. He shares some of the suffering he has seen there.
Josh assures us that being co-laborers in God's kingdom means we will suffer. He encourages us, before it comes, to decide we are going to suffer well.
Yes, we will have scarred faith. But the scars are meant to be reframed in light of restoration. They are there to remind us of a new way. We can become participants in Jesus' way of restoration.
This is an encouraging book for those in the midst of suffering. It is an honest yet gentle reminder to trust God.
Discussion questions have been added at the end of the book along with a few extra for use by reading groups.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.