Ryan Waller is a gifted story-teller, a practical theologian, and a lover of people. He practices what he preaches. Namely, that our vulnerability is the gateway to hope and healing. "Something sacred happens when we make ourselves vulnerable to one another - we connect," he writes. "And in connection, we find healing and life." Ryan brings a much-needed gift to the church today – a powerful message of hope that begins with the recognition of our brokenness. A place where we all can begin.
In the age of social media, where our lives are curated to show only our best and most beautiful selves, it is easy to believe we are the only ones who are broken. But we are not alone. We are all broken and in need of God's blessing. No one has it all together; no person is perfect.
In essays both humorous and achingly vulnerable, author Ryan Casey Waller urges us to join him in pouring out our brokenness, not just to God but to each other. Waller takes us through the trials of following Jesus during seasons of doubt and disbelief, anger, shame, and even hate, but always brings us back to the amazing news that Jesus blessed the bread before he broke it. Through Jesus, our brokenness is blessed, our wounds healed, and our hearts made whole.
Ryan has given us a gift in the stories that fill these pages. Eloquent and accessible, honest and insightful, Ryan gives us permission to tell the truth about our doubts, fears, and struggles. His vulnerability reminds us that Christianity is for those of us who feel lost. And his sense of hope encourages us to acknowledge our brokenness, because there we find grace.
Broken is what we all are--no exceptions--and Ryan Waller calls us deftly, gently, winsomely to this admission through biblical vignettes and life reflections. Though we are broken, yet there is hope. In each chapter, Waller offers words of hope rooted in Jesus Christ and in our common humanity when shared with one another.
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