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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Finding God In The Ruins: How God Redeems Pain by Matt Bays - Book Blog Tour Stop

Book info
About the book:

Finding God in the Ruins (David C. Cook, March 2016)

If God is love, why do we hurt so much?

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.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1Mkv8QQ

My Thoughts:
I will preface this review in stating that I am proudly a Bible-believing, God-loving Christian and it is my personal belief that God is always with us - during good times and bad, and is always available to give comfort, and deserves our praise and love.
That being said, I found Matt Bay's book, "Finding God In The Ruins," to honestly be one of the most depressing books, purportedly written by a Christian pastor and worship leader, that I've ever read. I found no hope, no reason for joy in Bays' personal stories or the stories of people he encountered. Maybe it was all over my head, but I just found no praise in these pages.
My God is always with me, and I can always call on him when I need Him. He is there in the good times and there when the struggles are hard.  That's my simple belief and one I hold dear in my heart.
As it is said, to each his own.  Perhaps others will find a comforting message in Matt Bays' words. I wish him luck in finding a loving God in his life.
About The Author:

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.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this tour and to David C. Cook Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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