If God is good, how could He let this happen?
The book revolves around 12 “healing truths”, which she summarizes at the end. The top five that resonated in my heart:
1. If God has allowed pain in our lives, He has allowed it for a purpose--a good purpose, because he is a good God.
2. Because God is love, and because God rules over all, everything that comes into our lives is filtered through His sovereign fingers of love.
3. Because God is all-knowing, He know the very source of our deepest pain--and He understands exactly how to touch it, heal it, and use it to bring about your highest good.
4. God's grace is brought to fullness in our lives as we release our hurt and draw on His power in our weakness.
5. Deep, exhausting, unrelenting hurt can bring you to the end of yourself--to complete and total dependence on God--which is the best place you could ever be.
My favorite part of the book that I plan to keep near my Bible is the prayer and meditation journal at the end – verses to help focus your thoughts and take them captive with Scripture at the times I find it most difficult: feeling alone, when forgiveness seems impossible, when you feel stuck in “what could have been”, when you feel anxious or need strength, when your thoughts run wild, etc. In the Appendix, she includes a section of 7 things do when you wonder how you can get through a single day when the hurt runs so terribly deep.
Even if this book doesn’t fit your current season of life, it is a great book to equip you to prepare for the tsunami of pain or to help others through theirs. But if your life is full of frequent thunderstorms of disappointment, dejection, or despair, you might find more to gain from her book As Silver Refined.
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for this review.