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Finding God in the Ruins

How God Redeems Pain
Written by: Matt Bays
Narrated by: Matt Bays
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Trisha
  • 28-01-18

Incredibly powerful

I don’t quite know where to begin. I definitely had a different expectation in my mind then this book delivered but let me be very clear it delivered way beyond my expectations. I think for everyone that listens to this or reads it and I have bought a copy now that I’ve listen to it and so glad that I listen to the author read this to me it will mean something different. Parts of this book were uncomfortable, parts of this book didn’t make sense at the time I was listening but now that I’m done it all makes perfect sense. I can’t say it totally explains why i am suffering, why I’m hurting so bad and why God does not take this pain away from me but it does provide a comfortable hand reaching out and saying me too.
I definitely know this is a Audible book I will go back and listen to over and over. I am glad I have bought a hardcopy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-16

Finding God in the Ruins

This book has really brought me through some very dark times including suicidal thoughts It has brought me to my knees in tears so that I could surrender myself 100% to God allowing him to make me into the person He wants me to be.

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  • Mom
  • 09-03-20

Beautiful vulnerability

What a beautiful story told of deep pain and heartache and how God is found to be love, even in the most awful of circumstances. Matt Bays is immensely courageous as he shares the horror he experienced as a child, and the agony of his sister's health battles. What a beautiful soul to be so brave to share his honest struggles with his faith. He helps us to know that when we doubt and question our faith, this is a natural and necessary process for growth and freedom. I am so thankful for his honestly and insight. My heart is overflowing. ❤️

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  • Joanne
  • 17-01-19

finally a book about God that makes sense

this book is key in my journey - a treasure I consider valuable in my healing

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  • Anita--AZ
  • 12-06-18

Hard but Compelling

This was one of the hardest books to listen to, because the painful reality of our world was vividly exposed, albeit with a measure of humor and memorable descriptions of people and events. The author has a unique ability to somehow wield a mix of painful stories and paint a word picture that draws the listener in to stay engaged in the telling of his very real story and his struggle with faith and reason.
I highly recommend this book & I believe the author himself providing the audible, is very compelling.

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  • Christopher M Robinson
  • 08-02-18

Beautiful

Love his writing. Love his story and his honesty. My favorite part is when he explains how God is in the beauty and the pain.

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  • Summer
  • 02-02-18

very honest

The author is an excellent writer. He is a wordsmith, poetically articulating the pain and raw doubt and anger we all experience when prayers are unanswered and God doesnt show up like we expect him to. Ive read other books dealing with the problem of suffering and instead of a scriptural, exegetical approach, he uses stories from his life and the lives of others he knows personally to illustrate his faith journey. His honesty was refreshing, not settling on cliche platitudes and trite phrases. By the end, he embraces the paradigm shift that God doesnt stand there watching you suffer or get abused. HE is getting abused and suffering with you.

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  • featheredprop
  • 02-05-16

Very moving

This book was referred by a friend. I think the author offered a good perspective on the old problem if evil.

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  • Kathleen
  • 22-04-16

Outstanding!!! Spiritually Life Changing!

Matt Bays is raw, honest and real. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Whether you struggle with cancer and/or emotional pain, abuse, he shows you a different way to view God through it. His writing is visually stimulating and it truly changed my healing process.

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  • margwat
  • 31-03-16

Heart break

We all make a pilgrimage, I am glad God directed yours. At times I wanted to shake you and scream " God IS love". Several times I thought I would quit reading because it felt like the blame game. I don't want my God not to be glorified. I read on, glad I did because as I knew God would be stronger than your weakness. It is my prayer that he continues to grow you in his love and grace. I will reread this again, it's heavy. Bless you and thank you for a look through your glasses.

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  • Olayinka
  • 06-04-17

An amazing Eye opener!

Thank you so much Matt Bays. I found this book just when I was struggling in my journey of conception after 3 years of marriage. Now I know that God is with me all through and all I have to do is trust in him and believe that he is with me. Thank you so much. Olayinka Layi-Adeite, Lagos- Nigeria.