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Posted February 21, 2011
Very Thoughtful Insight
By Larry Crabb
Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb answered several questions about hurts and disappointments that I never thought to ask. In this book, he takes the story of Naomi and describes in thought-provoking detail the 'shattered dreams' that she experienced.
One of the points that Mr. Crabb brought out was that people need to fully come to grips with the pain of shattered dreams. In some circles, people are taught to get over it and go on. However, Mr. Crabb explains the necessity of allowing the grief to run its full course. With the help of several examples, he shared that the grieving process was a pathway that could bring us into a greater awareness of God and His love. Sadly, some people take another path. They choose to believe that God has purposely shattered their dreams because He hates them or is punishing them.
Mr. Crabb brought out a point that I had never thought about before reading his book. Some people have a tendency to worship their dreams even more than they worship God. In doing so, they miss a great portion of God's richest blessings. They run hard after the dream that they have made up and build it into something that God never intended. Therefore, God shatters that dream to encourage them to get back on His right track.
The point that I most enjoyed from this book is that God sometimes shatters our dreams in order to prepare us for a bigger and better dream. Mr. Crabb made this point clear when he described Naomi's painful years after the death of her husband and her two sons. Like a lot of us, she thought that God was taking her life's joy away from her. In reality, God was working behind the scenes to fill Naomi's heart and her arms with a greater vision than she ever imagined. God's dream for her was for her to be the great-grandmother of King David. Then, down through the ages, from her very own lineage would come King Jesus.
Although I did not agree with everything Mr. Crabb taught, I gained some valuable insight into the heart of God. I, also, found new courage to run harder after Him than I have ever done before.
I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted July 3, 2003
I am so glad that this book was written. I felt that he wrote the book just for me. I am going through betrayal from my husband and right now he keeps demanding a divorce from me. It has been a nightmare. Many Christians and non-Christians gave their advice unsolicited. They have so many, at times it is better not to be with any of them. I am so confused and after reading the book I felt that Mr Crabb understood me and made me feel free to feel the pain where others have told me to move on (can you beat that, they told me to let go like 2 months after the event). Thank you.
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A Book Worthy Of Reading
I'd also like to recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score" by R.A. Clark. It's revealing look at the power of forgiveness. If you ever felt trapped by anger, guilt, resentment and/or pain, then this book is for you.
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Posted January 15, 2011
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