Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain

Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain

by Matt Bays

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ISBN-13: 9780781413831
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Matt Bays is a writer, speaker, and musician with a passion to call people out of their hiding places. In ministry for twenty years, he and his wife, Heather, live in Indianapolis with their fun-loving and insightful teenage daughters.

Table of Contents


A Word to Readers

PART 1—THE BACKSTORY
Chapter 1 - The Pen
(Where is God?)

Chapter 2—One-Sided Prayers
(It’s Not Adding Up)

Chapter 3—The Chain
(Kicking God Out of Your Life)

Chapter 4—The Age of Reckoning
(Symptoms of a Deeper Problem)

Chapter 5—Put Away the Glitter
(God Wants You to Tell the Truth)

Chapter 6—The Family Way
(The Uncensored Version of Your Story)

PART 2—COMPATHY
Chapter 7—And Wee Danced
(The Hope of God)

Chapter 8—Love Sifting
(The Comfort of God)

Chapter 9—Me Too
(You Are Not Alone)

Chapter 10—Me Encanta
(The Love of God)

PART 3—STORYTOLD
Chapter 11—The Untold Story—I Used to be Matt Petrino
(The Power of Your Story)

Chapter 12—Default Settings
(Accepting Who You Are)

Chapter 13—Someone Else’s Story
(Telling Your Story)

PART 4—REDEMPTION2.0
Chapter 14—Redeemed2.0
(Finding God in Your Redemption)

Chapter 15—Brothels and Basements
(A Compassionate God)

Chapter 16—Melody Unchained
(Finding Your Faith Again)

Chapter 17—The Quiet Hum
(My Life for the Glory of God)

P.S. to Readers (Afterword)

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Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Matt Bays in his new book, “Finding God in the Ruins” published by David C Cook gives us How God Redeems Pain. From the back cover: If God is LOVE, why do we hurt so much? When the reality of your pain doesn’t line up with what you’ve been taught in church, then what? While many abandon their faith or embrace hopelessness, it is possible to discover the God who heals your heart in the midst of the pain. Matt Bays has been where you are. His unforgettable stories of loss and healing will usher you into a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to God. With a fresh and original writing style, Bays demonstrates that true redemption is far more powerful than the temporary fixes of sanitized Christianity. Have you ever hurt? Some of us have deep emotional trauma, some of us have deep physical pain and, then, some of us have both emotional and physical pain. And for some of us it never goes away. What if you lose a child? How about losing a spouse? What if the doctor says it is cancer and cannot cure it or perhaps you lose a leg? This kind of pain can be crippling so how do you handle it? Matt Bays has looked for answers and this book is his response. He does it in four parts. Part One: The Backstory, Part Two: Compathy, Part Three: Storytold, Part Four: Redemption 2.0. It seems our first reaction when this kind of pain occurs is to blame God. If we take the contents of this book to heart, thanks to Matt Bays, our new first reaction will be to run to God. When we are in disaster and at the bottom and all we see are ruins we will have new eyes to find and see God. And then we will rejoice with Him and let Him heal us. I recommend this book highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Steve_Doc_Hilton More than 1 year ago
When the reality of your pain doesn’t line up with what you’ve been taught in church, then what? While there are some things in this book with which I might take issue, that doesn’t keep me from experiencing awe and wonder that this book was ever written in the first place. You see, many people – most people, if you really think about it – who have experienced the depths of depravity, depression, and disillusionment that author Matt Bays shares between the covers of this book . . . they just don’t make it back. Sin, and man’s inhumanity to man, and just walking about in a broken world has not merely hollowed them out . . . it has gutted them, and left them writhing in pain and misery. And that becomes their life. By God’s grace . . . by God’s redemption of every aspect of Matt Bay’s life . . . Matt has not only “survived.” He has taken the next step. He has chosen to live, not to merely exist. He has chosen to risk opening himself up to more pain, if it should happen along. He has chosen to love someone who might wind up abandoning or abusing him again. He has chosen to reach out to others, when most would be found curled in the fetal position. The story is not pretty. It’s not a nice and neat parable, with a homiletical application to finish it off. But it’s a story that needs to be told, and a story that needs to be heard. Because God is still in the redemption business. And business is good. Business is booming. Imagine a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to him. That’s what redemption looks like. 5 stars for a life-changing glimpse of The God Who Is There