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In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart: Hope for the Hurtingby Ruth Graham
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"Ruth Graham calls herself the Graham who has traveled a different path. She knows firsthand the isolation and pain of sitting in the pew with a broken heart, and now she offers help and hope to others who wonder if they have out-sinned God's grace or if their life circumstances have set them aside from being used by God. Ruth shares from her heart openly and even humorously at times, about her own struggle through a tragic divorce, her teenage daughter's two pregnancies, the darkness of depression, and the challenges of returning to college at age forty. This is an honest look about an "insider's" struggle to get through the rough edges of life with her faith intact, and it offers a tenacious hope that God is big enough and tough enough and faithful enough to pour out grace in the midst of the muck of life. But Ruth doesn't stop there. She not only writes to the broken-hearted and bruised, but to every believer or church leader who sits side by side each Sunday with the broken and hurting. What can be done to reach beyond the, masks and isolation and image-keeping behind which hurting Christians can find themselves trapped? How can the body of Christ respond without shooting their own wounded? What are the effective ways to live out forgiveness, acceptance, and grace in such a way that the hurting are led to bring their pains and failures to God rather than run from him at such times? Ruth does not believe in easy answers. She knows the heart cry, "I don't want stamina. I want out!" She speaks with honesty, transparency, and hope as she brings a biblical perspective to the tumultuous journey of faith. She writes of forgiveness as a process, of surrendering the fantasy of control, ofdealing with regrets, of fearing God yet finding total safety in his arms. In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart is filled with the powerful application of grace."
"By turns memoir, Bible study and self-help book, Graham's platform as the daughter of beloved evangelist Billy Graham gives her the credentials to spin this competent tale of brokenness. But she offers more than a famous lineage: 'I am qualified to write this book because I am flawed,' she writes. She shares her struggles parenting three children through out-of-wedlock pregnancies, drug use and bulimia; her battle with depression and flirtation with suicide, and her disappointment over her two divorces. 'I know what it's like to sit in the pew with a broken heart,' says Graham. It's her vulnerability in the memoir portions that lend credence to the fairly basic application items at the end of the chapters. (Advice to those experiencing suffering: 'seek godly counsel' and 'maintain your daily devotional times with God.') Graham finds solace for the brokenhearted through scripture, looking at the lives of Jeremiah, Elijah and other biblical examples. Unlike many inspirational books of this ilk, there's no fairytale ending. Graham admits she is in the midst of a third faltering marriage, but says she's grateful God accepts her as she is — 'hurting, wounded, broken.' In true Graham fashion, the book concludes with an altar call. Weary Christians disappointed with the way their lives have turned out should find this a heartening read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Graham addresses the tumultuous journey of faith as she writes of forgiveness as a process, of surrendering the fantasy of control, of dealing with regrets, of fearing God yet finding total safety in his arms.
WHEN LIFE?S ROSY DREAMS DISSOLVE INTO DIFFICULT REALITIES THAT BREAK OUR HEARTS, GOD SHOWS THAT HE SPECIALIZES IN RESTORATION.
?If in these pages you see your own life's experience mirrored in our daughter?s, may you, too, find a personal relationship with the same heavenly Father who continues to be her strength, comfort, and joy.??
?From the foreword by Billy Graham
?Warning: This book should only be read by imperfect, flawed people in serious need of God's amazing grace. Thank you, Ruth Graham, for having the courage to bare your soul and then lead others back toward God's welcoming arms.?
??Philip Yancey, author of Where Is God When It Hurts?
?For any who have experienced the tragedy of infidelity and wrong choices. Ruth unfolds her life, showing that the grace of God is sufficient.
??Elisabeth Elliot Gren, author of Through Gates of Splendor
?You hold in your hand a tool that will help you whether you are hurting or seeking to minister to one who is hurting. By sharing openly from her own experiences of heartache and by offering practical insights founded on biblical truth, Ruth Graham has provided a resource that both equips us to pursue wholeness and leads us into the arms of the only One who can make us whole.
??Dr. Gary Smalley, The author of DNA of Relationships
?This book is a must-read for those who are hurting or for those who would like to be a healing agent for someone else.?
??Dr. Charles Stanley, author of The Blessings of Brokenness
Knowing firsthand the pain of a broken heart, Ruth Graham, the daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, offers help and hope to others who wonder if they have out-sinned God's grace or if their life circumstances have set them aside from being used by God.
Offers help and hope to those who wonder if they have out-sinned God's grace or if their life circumstances have set them aside from being used by God, with practical help to every believer and church leader who sits side by side each Sunday with the broken and hurting. Foreword by Billy Graham.
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