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Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places

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But actually, it's as real and solid as stones: tangible, weighty, something to hold on to, a way through streams of pain, shame, abuse.

In these pages L.L. Barkat shares her own painful, powerful story with us. Weaving in truth from Scripture, words from ...

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Overview

Grace.

Sometimes it's hard to see. And even harder to receive. When you're hurt or angry or confused or doubtful, grace can seem as hard to grasp as sky.

But actually, it's as real and solid as stones: tangible, weighty, something to hold on to, a way through streams of pain, shame, abuse.

In these pages L.L. Barkat shares her own painful, powerful story with us. Weaving in truth from Scripture, words from other writers and stories of people who've come alongside her in her journey, she shows us the unexpected ways and places she's discovered grace: grace that has helped her open her heart to love, discover a way past fear, find freedom from shame.

Her story will help you find the rock of God's grace in the midst of your own broken, hard places. And his grace will give you a new story to tell.

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Editorial Reviews

Byron Borger
"[O]ne of the best books I've read in a while. . . . This glorious book is thoughtful without being laborious, literate without being self-conscious. [Barkat] has a great eye for details, and a luminous style that revels in God's presence in the day-to-day."
Don Everts
"Stone Crossings walks the reader through the foggy landscapes of life, arriving at subtle moments of true grace. Barkat's courageous, unblinking honesty is a gift, a gift offered in gentle, delicate, literary prose."
Scot McKnight
"You are holding an invitation to a table set for two—you and L. L. Barkat. At this table, near a river in my mind's imagination, she will tell you her story of faith. You may not even notice the river, for the storytelling will lift you into a life of faith that will not lead you to gaze at her but to enjoy the same life of faith. The only writer I know quite like Barkat is Eugene Peterson. That probably tells you all you need to know."
Edward Gilbreath
"With a storyteller's charm and a Bible teacher's grit, L. L. Barkat weaves memoir, humor and spiritual insight together into a satisfying read. She challenges us to open our eyes anew to the amazing graces God lavishes upon us every day, in ordinary and surprising ways."
Steve Hayner
"L.L. Barkat tells a painful story of abuse and loss. But it is not her story but God's story that takes center stage in this remarkable book. The beautiful and intelligent writing will pull you in, but the deep and uncommon insights will keep you reading. Here is a book full of the wisdom which can only come when real life meets God's grace through God's Word. It is a book meant to be read slowly."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834952
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 3/17/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

L.L. Barkat is a speaker and writer for WTW Ministry in New York. She is a former magazine designer, art director, editorial consultant and ad copywriter. Barkat also manages Social Issues Reading Clubs for persons who want to be informed about social issues and ways they can benefit the world community. Stone Crossings is her first InterVarsity Press book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Stepping Stones ~ conversion
2. Christmas Coal ~ shame
3. Tossed Treasure ~ messiness
4. Heron Road ~ suffering
5. Sword in the Stone ~ resistance
6. Howe's Cave ~ baptism
7. Palisade Cliffs ~ doubt
8. Holding Pfaltzgraff ~ inclusion
9. Indiana Jones ~ fear
10. Old Stone Church ~ love
11. Goldsworthy's Wall ~ sacrifice
12. Clefts of the Rock ~ responsibility
13. Olive Press ~ gratitude
14. Forest Star ~ humility
15. Seedstone ~ healing
16. Sugar Face ~ forgiveness
17. Lava Rock ~ witness
18. Climbing ~ justice
19. Roxaboxen ~ heaven
20. Blood from a Stone ~ completion
Epilogue
Discussion Questions
Notes

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