Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free

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In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real) like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, best-selling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for ...

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Overview

In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real) like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, best-selling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for those who can’t seem to fix themselves—or others. 

Now avialable in paperback, this is not so much a book about Why God allows suffering or even How we should approach suffering—it is a book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is a book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross.

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"Biblically saturated and faithful, Glorious Ruin is a gift to the hurting, confused, and curious and will prepare many to marvel at the goodness and grace of God in all circumstances."
Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church and president of Acts 29 Church Planting Network

"Like you, I'm a sufferer. For the last three years I have watched my eight-year-old daughter suffer with cancer. The why and how of suffering have been of little value to my family and me. The truth of the Who and grace, so wonderfully presented in this book, has been our life and only hope."
Britt Merrick, founder of the Reality family of churches, pastor for preaching and vision at Reality Santa Barbara, author of Godspeed and Big God

"Glorious Ruin is a gospel-driven tour de force. Tullian shows how no matter what you're going through, God stands with you in your suffering and is everything you'll ever need. I couldn't recommend this book more highly!"
Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church, Washington, DC, and New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker

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“Suffering is suffering, and it is universal,” writes Tchividjian (Jesus + Nothing = Everything) in his newest book, which examines the value and meaning of suffering. Sidestepping the traditional apologetic arguments to explain why humans experience pain despite the existence of a good God, the author instead aims to drive readers to Jesus when torment approaches. Regularly citing the Old Testament book of Job as well as pop culture and classic theology, Tchividjian first discusses the pervasive severity of suffering before he critiques the many futile and frustrating ways that the world attempts to deal with pain. Tchividjian also keenly condemns empty theologies of glory from suffering that he contends make the misery worse. Deconstructing customary curatives for agony, the author posits that suffering sets individuals free to more fully rely on Jesus and his suffering on humanity’s behalf. The question of “why?” when it comes to suffering is replaced with “Who?” For some readers, this might leave questions unresolved. Undeterred by the unsolved mysteries of theodicy, the author repeatedly underscores that through suffering, God is not in the business of giving explanations, but liberating the anguished from the “prison of Why,” being strong for those who are weak, victorious for those who feel loss, glorious for those in the midst of ruin. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781410991
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 309,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Tullian Tchividjian is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a seminary professor, and a grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham. He is also the founder of LIBERATE—a content ministry devoted to connecting God’s inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world through books, curriculum, media, music, and an annual conference. The author of numerous articles and books, including Jesus + Nothing = Everything and Glorious Ruin, Tchividjian speaks at conferences around the world. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13

Introduction 15

Part I The Reality of Suffering

1 Suffering Is Inevitable 33

2 Suffering Is Serious 53

3 Suffering Honestly 73

Part II Confronting Suffering

4 Moralizing Suffering 99

5 Minimizing Suffering 119

Part III Saved by Suffering

6 The Freedom of Defeat 139

7 The Gospel of Suffering 155

8 Weighty Mercies 173

Conclusion 191

Bibliography 201

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