Shattered Prayers: The Testing of a Father's Faith
Shattered Prayers: The Testing of a Father's Faith  -     By: Kenneth Ching
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Kirkdale Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1577997212
ISBN-13: 9781577997214

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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for sufferers and those ministering to them
    October 10, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When Ching and his wife had their baby boy, Joshua was born with Pierre Robin Sequence, an abnormally small jaw causing the baby's tongue to be pressed into the back of the mouth. Joshua was taken to NICU as he had difficulty breathing. Then the flight to a children's hospital and the possibility of additional disorders.

    Ching has given us an account of his life during that trying time. He is very honest in his messy feelings. His hope is that others going through trials will see that they are not alone. He also shows that God can meet us when we are at our worst.

    This is a moving book. Ching is very open about his experiences. He struggled with his faith, at times wondering if God had caused his son's troubles, wondering if he could trust God, wondering if God would help Joshua. And, yet, I keep praying. I pray angrily. I pray cursing. But I keep praying. (45) He came to the realization that God did not give the disease to Joshua. God is waging a holy war through these people and things, and he's warring to save Joshua's life. (53)

    Ching shares many of his spiritual insights, especially those that can be gained only through suffering. He writes about the experience being a marathon, having to have strength for the long period of tests, surgeries, therapists, and feeding tubes.

    He has insights for visitors, too. He writes of his feelings when a local pastor told him the Remember, God is sovereign platitude. For those coming alongside, Ching writes, They have permission not to say anything at all. (89) Showing up is good enough. (119) Those ministering to others in need would benefit from reading this book and paying attention to the insights it contains.

    I highly recommend this book to those who are suffering. Reading this book will help you realize you are not alone in your struggles to trust God. Like Ching, you will realize that you can come through the experience still loving and trusting God. You may not have many answers. God did not promise to answer all your questions but He did promise to save you and ultimately wipe away every tear.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an honest and independent review.
  2. The~Wiser~Way
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A beautifully transparent look at life through the eyes of a loving father as he cares for the needs of his son!
    July 19, 2016
    The~Wiser~Way
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Shattered Prayers: A Testing Of A Father's Faith by Kenneth Ching is a beautifully transparent look at life through the lens of a father with a special needs child.

    Kenneth Ching bravely shares his questions and uncertainty about the plan of God as he faces the reality of caring for a child with enormous special needs that at times are even life threatening. This book brings a close-up look at the details and dilemmas that are often hidden to the outside world when a family member has a severe physical and developmental challenge. The intense emotion felt throughout Shattered Prayers, as the reader is swept away by the author's narration, provide a tangible feel to what it might be like to live for a day in the life of this devoted mother and father. It is so well written, in fact, that often times during the reading of the book, it seems as though the reader is literally hearing every thought that Ching thinks.

    As the author navigates a straight path into his heart, questions are uncovered that we may have thought before, but have never been brave enough to breathe out loud. This transparency releases a freedom that allows the reader to ponder the fairness of situations like suffering and tragedy. As you fall in love with the author's son, Joshua, you begin to unearth suppressed questions of your own as it relates to the hardships of life. In fact, Ching states that "We can ask hard questions (God is very big and is in no way afraid of or unable to handle hard questions), and we can even get a few answers or glimpses of things that help us understand, but God simply does not promise to answer our questions. He's not Google, He's God." The author's portrayal of a gracious and merciful God who allows us to come to Him for the answers flows throughout this work.

    My take away from this book is three fold. First of all, I now appreciate to a much greater degree the incredible challenges that a family with a special needs child face on a daily basis. Secondly, I have a deeper comprehension of how to assist a family in this situation; that it is more effective to physically help in tangible ways and talk less...it really is okay and in fact sometimes better to not say anything in an attempt to "fix it". Finally, I am encouraged by Ching's conclusion that our faith is not determined by "our" faithfulness, but by "God's" faithfulness to us. God, through His son, has promised to radically save us and all we are asked to do is to trust in Him. Whether big questions, small questions, trials or mountain top experiences...the trust in a loving God and His Son, Jesus Christ is what truly matters in the end.

    Shattered Prayers: A Testing of a Father's Faith by Kenneth Ching will be available for purchase tomorrow (7/20/2016). Don't miss the opportunity to read this poignant text penned by a clearly passionate lover of Christ...it will change you!

    Thank you to Kirkdale Press for this complimentary review copy of Shattered Prayers. I was not required to give a positive review, but only to read the book in it's entirety and provide an honest opinion.
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