Finding God in the Ruins by Matt Bays

Even in the midst of pain, it is possible to overcome the temptation to abandon your faith and discover the God who can heal and redeem. Author Matt Bays tells his unforgettable stories of loss and healing in Finding God in the Ruins. The book 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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{More about Finding God in the Ruins}

Finding God in the Ruins (David C. Cook, March 2016)

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Matt Bays

{More About Matt Bays}

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.

Find out more about Matt at http://mattbayswriter.com.

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  • BE AWARE

    This book is definitely written with an open heart. I did get a lot from the book but caution the reader to be aware and to be discerning when reading the book. This book has gotten a lot of press and sometimes people tend to overlook the questionable things and just accept it without question because of the hype. As I said, be discerning. Always question what you read and make sure it is in the same things as what Gods Word says.

    Written by LyonsLady on April 1, 2016

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    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.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on March 31, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2NRR25X0TKOGR/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    In Finding God in the Ruins, Matt Bays does something profound; he takes “packaged” Christianity, kicks it off its axis, lets it roll, and once it lands declares, “THIS is how we need to view it.” He leaves it messy. He leaves the pain. He leaves it raw. Rather than buff it all out by touting a few verses and saying we should now be whole and healed, he makes sure we know God is present within the pain. God isn’t (or has never) turned away and avoided the moments that are the most dark. He is there. And Bays continues to drive this point home with examples from his life as well as the lives of others.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on March 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/ROA4XMRJS8S5G/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    What a wonderful book dealing with something so many of us struggle with, where is God in all of the pain? This book doesn’t shy away from the hard questions but offers well founded, seasoned advice. The author has faced many difficult things in his lifetime so he is certainly speaking from experience and is not just some trite answer. It is saddening to read how much Matt Bays has been through and the fact that he has been able to use that pain and sorrow for the Lord’s glory is a huge testimony about the power of God. This book is at times difficult to read, but it is a wonderful read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on March 29, 2016

  • REVIEW: ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    This is a hard book to read with the horrid things that happened to Matt, and wondering where was God in all this. However, Matt does end up saying he was ready to let Jesus into all of his life.

    Written by New Horizon Reviews on March 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R110K44P4G0JZM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN TH RUINS: HOW GOD REDEEMS PAIN’

    This is an uncomfortable book. It doesn’t tie our faith into a neat bow. In fact, it doesn’t tie up much of anything. But it’s well worth the read and will become required reading for many of the women I mentor. Especially those who believe that they are forever beyond healing because of their past. And those who believe God doesn’t play fair.

    Written by An Ordinary Woman Pursing Splendor on March 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2L3EPKS4EYTDZ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • BEAUTIFUL BOOK

    The beauty of Matt Bays testimony of pain is that it grants permission for doubt. Often we are given a tidy package in which we are told to relate to God, to trust blindly, and to rest securely in His unknown plan. Bays, through sharing his own struggles, tells of a deeper faith that is only found in asking hard questions.

    Written by Finding Joy in Everyday on March 28, 2016

  • REVIEW: ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    Having lived with and survived more than most of us will ever experience – abuse, incest, alcoholism, a sister with stage 4 cancer – Matt has shared from his heart in a book that is raw, honest, gritty, and humorous at times – but above all, hope filled. I suspect that Matt has asked the difficult questions that many have secretly wanted to ask. Most Christians that I know would like to forget Jesus’ words, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). But how difficult it is to mesh the realities of a compassionate God who enters our place of ruins with a God who allowed and keeps allowing that “trouble” to happen! Finding God in the Ruins is a perfect example of how God uses flawed, broken vessels to minister in a powerful way. Highly recommended.

    Written by The Power of Words on March 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R23H6S1WP14TR6/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • A BOOK REVIEW

    Pain. Dealing with the trials of life, either in our personal lives or being confronted by the atrocities of the world, is not easy. It is something that all of us have dealt with in our lives. Whether pain from loss of live, job, church and so much. Matt Bays writes in a conversational manner, is so very raw, and you will cry and laugh at many times in the book. He writes in such a way that we realize that we are never alone in our walk through pain.

    Written by A Mom AfterGod’s Own Heart on March 28, 2016

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    Matt Bays has written a book that still lingers with me long after I’ve read it. Finding God in the Ruins is a powerful book that shows how God can redeem pain and suffering for His good. I was so impressed with this – I think it has information that resonates with everyone – we’ve all had some sort of pain or suffering and, if we are being honest, have asked what good can come of it.

    Written by In The Pages on March 28, 2016

  • GREAT BOOKS I’VE READ LATELY

    Finding God in the Ruins was not at all what I was expecting. I guess I expected it to be like other books I have read about finding God in hard times, but this book was quite a bit different.

    At times, I was so very thankful it was different. Bays didn’t offer any of the common “Christian cliches” to suffering. Instead of giving pat answers, he discussed the problem of pain with authenticity and opened the door to allow people to question God, sometimes even yell at him, because of circumstances in their lives.

    Bays definitely “pushed the envelope,” if you will, as far as faith is concerned. There were many things he said in the book that I’m sure people feel were incorrect, maybe even blasphemous.

    But the truth is, Bays has been through some horrific situations that no one should…

    Written by Lindsey Bell: Embrace the Moments on March 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2Z3C0B6XGJTC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • HELPFUL BUT TOO MAN-CENTERED

    While I love the realness that Bays shares his story with, and it will be helpful to others who find their own life less than ideal – I wish it had been more helpful in growing my own faith – centering on the character of God and his ability to handle all my problems, rather than Matt’s story.

    Written by kcreatives on March 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2CN75V6WOTP4T/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • FOR WHEN PAIN DOESN’T MATCH WHAT CHURCH HAS TAUGHT YOU

    Where this book really clicked for me was when he started talking about the importance of telling our stories as a part of our healing. He quoted Maya Angelou: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Amen. I’ve seen this and know it to be true. We need to tell our stories–for our own sakes, and for others’.

    He quotes again, this time Brennan Manning: “‘In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.’”…

    Written by Katherine Scott Jones on March 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RH1UXK0R4GRZ0/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • POWERFUL AND REAL

    Matt Bays has a lot to grapple with–an abusive, incestuous childhood, a dear sister with terminal cancer–as a man of faith, a pastor. He questions this faith and goes on a quest to find out what true redemption looks like, producing this gem of a book. Using stories from all walks of life, you will find something here that is not only relatable, but will perhaps give you a little bit of light in your own darkness. Bays uses his own recovery through counseling and faith-seeking to tell his story with much bravery and candor. Powerful and real.

    Written by WORTH GETTING IN BED FOR on March 27, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2Q30TM4PAUKHL/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    In Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain, author Matt Bays does an excellent job at writing in a manner that is accessible for the reader while being brutally honest, open and transparent about his own life’s pain, struggles, doubts and questions. This is definitely a book I will find myself recommending to others over and over again.

    I couldn’t help but find large pieces of my story woven into Bays’ story…

    Written by Reflections: Inspiring people to be more on March 27, 2016

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ ~ MATT BAYS

    This book is a true story of Matt Bays life experiences of heartache, suffering and realizing GOD does not give happiness everyday in life…….

    Written by Deb’s Book Review on March 26, 2016

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS – HOW GOD REDEEMS PAIN’ – BOOK REVIEW

    Finding God In The Ruins is an honest, moving, beautifully written book in which Matt uses his personal life experiences to show us how God reveals Himself to the hurting. In many ways, the book reminds me of a contemporary version of the book of Job.

    I found Matt’s personal reflections insightful and riveting. If you are ready to take off your mask – to be transparent – and to grapple with the difficult theological questions that many Christians would rather avoid, but that anyone who has experienced deep pain and trauma in their life must wrestle with and reconcile before they can truly experience the deep and abundant love of God – then you will enjoy reading Finding God In The Ruins.

    Written by Create With Joy on March 26, 2016

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BOOK REVIEW

    This book is easy to understand and read. Matt speaks the hard truths…he says what many of us are afraid to speak (fearful of offending someone). Because of his willingness to be real this book would be an amazing tool to help anyone struggling with hurts, anyone who has been hurt–isn’t that all of us?-, and anyone who know’s someone who’s in the mist of great pain.

    I can’t recommend this book enough for anyone dealing with seasons of suffering.

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on March 26, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-God-Ruins-Redeems-Pain/product-reviews/0781413834/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    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.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on March 26, 2016
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  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    Finding God in the Ruins is thought-provoking, sometimes hard to read, sometimes encouraging. If you have suffered emotional pain, you may find this book helpful. Let God heal and restore you.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on March 25, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RGM5OXSC3AWM3/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who wasn’t ready for the honesty. A lot of people aren’t. But if you know what it’s like to look at life’s ruins and wonder what it’s all about, this could be a book that would help you. I found a lot of good things here, but I also disagreed with a good portion of the theology, so I can’t really give it a full endorsement anyway. Use your own discernment about this and all reading choices.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on March 25, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2QC5X609KWRSC/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • VERY IMPORTANT DISCUSSION

    This isn’t an easy read. It’s gritty at times. It’s uncomfortable. It asks questions and relates scenarios that we don’t like to consider. And in the interest of full honesty, I don’t agree with everything Bays asserts or always how he asserts it… BUT… the main idea behind Finding God in the Ruins is a vital one that desperately needs to be in the hands of anyone who has ever walked away from God – or wanted to. Our pat answers aren’t cutting it anymore – for ourselves, and certainly not for anyone else. You won’t find pat answers in this book, and while I can’t embrace all of his points, I appreciate the passion behind them.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on March 25, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1ZSRWX953TZZ5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS: HOW GOD REDEEMS PAIN’ BY MATT BAYS – BOOK BLOG TOUR STOP

    I found Matt Bay’s book, Finding God In The Ruins, to honestly be one of the most depressing books, purportedly written by a Christian pastor and worship leader, that I’ve ever read. I found no hope, no reason for joy in Bays’ personal stories or the stories of people he encountered. Maybe it was all over my head, but I just found no praise in these pages.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on March 23, 2016

  • RAW HONESTY

    In Finding God In The Ruins, Matt Bays leaves everything on the table. Bays shares a very transparent look into his own personal “ruins” and offers a bold challenge to not move over or around our own personal ruins but through them. Matt writes with an urgency that is palpable on every page of this book. Bays’ encouragement is that we find God and know Him in the hard places of life and that we trust Him with everything. The book includes Discussion Questions at the end. This book would be a powerful discipleship tool in a small group setting.

    *Some other reviewers have cited problems with Bays’ use of Scripture primarily noting his comments regarding Psalm 44:11. Matthew Henry’s commentary on Psalm 44:9-16 say this:
    “The believer must have times of temptation, affliction, and discouragement; the church must have seasons of persecution. At such times the people of God will be ready to fear hat he has cast them off, and that his name and truth will be dishonored. But they should look above the instruments of their trouble, to God, well knowing that their worst enemies have no power against them, but what is permitted from above.”

    I believe many of the negative things being said about the author’s message is the very thing he warns believers against. We want Christ to come into our lives and make everything all neat and tidy;however, it just doesn’t work that way. God’s greatest work often arises out of the biggest, darkest messes. That’s the message of this book and Bays’ tells it well.

    Written by Mother of Three on March 23, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_profile

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    If you or someone you know has been through immense pain. If you’ve shaken your fist at God, not understanding why you’re experiencing pain then this book is for you. Matt doesn’t give cliche, Christian, churchy answers and that’s the best part. He deals with real questions about pain. Real questions he’s processed through in his own life. Real questions others he is close to have processed through. He isn’t afraid to face the tough issues of pain and suffering head on.

    Written by Clayton Edwards Blog on March 23, 2016

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS — HOPE FOR THE HURTING

    This book is hardcore- and very much needed by so many. Matt Bays doesn’t candy coat a word. Thank you, Matt. Looking the other way, covering things up, and/or pretending everything is just fine doesn’t help a bit. Knowing God is on your side and that others have experienced your pain is conducive to healing and redemption. It’s during the hard times that God shines His brightest! The personal stories are heart wrenching, honest and often freeing. I truly believe reading this could save lives.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on March 22, 2016

  • BOOK BLOG TOUR: ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    Matt’s story was heartbreaking on one hand, and very encouraging on another. I was the most intrigued about how he explained that God seemed silent to him while he was going through the hardships, which is how I sometimes feel. It was encouraging to read about how God has used what happened to him to help others that have been put in his path.

    Written by Book Review Travels on March 22, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R14E9PDYDAU1PT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • WHEN THE REALITY OF YOUR PAIN DOESN’T LINE UP WITH WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TAUGHT IN CHURCH, THEN WHAT?

    I loved the honesty and openness with which Matt wrote this book. Matt did not hold back from his experiences and the pain he felt. This made the book so relatable and also really helped me to think about things I may be holding onto and questioning as quite honestly life is not fair and it is hard to get past and over the pain that is a part of life. While this is truly a journey and not a quick fix, this is a book that I am sure I will turn to time and time again in moments of feeling defeated and lost and needing a reminder of God’s love and hope.

    Written by Moments on March 22, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2P7BMS3ZKQ5KQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413834

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’: A BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

    Matt writes with the eloquence of a poet, and with the heart of a pastor. He offers us his story, and whether we relate to the specific details or not, Finding God in the Ruins makes us feel less alone.

    Written by Ten Thousand Places on March 21, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2HWQ5SOOE0AJU/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413834&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books

  • SOME GOOD BUT SOME BAD

    This book is definitely from the heart and written with an open heart. I did get a lot from the book but caution the reader to be aware and to be discerning when reading the book. This book has gotten a lot of press and sometimes people tend to overlook the questionable things and just accept it without question because of the hype. As I said, be discerning.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on March 21, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2R4M9OPOWYOCN/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • WHAT IF GOD KNEW HIS WAY AROUND THE RUINS?

    Matt Bays describes such devastating ruins that you wonder how anybody could survive living in them, and then he describes such a strange and tender God who inhabits the ruins.A God who enters the horrible scenes, who draws near and stays near – and that’s his tenderness- but who doesn’t instantly end the pain for the suffering- and that’s his strangeness.

    If you know that faith requires honesty if it’s going to be more than a nice idea, and if you believe that hope is capable of staring hard at reality and still existing, then this is a book for you.

    A God who knows his way around the ruins doesn’t wait for a personalized invitation card before he drops by the human heart. God might come your way the same way tragedy did- unexpectedly, and altering all of life.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on March 21, 2016
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  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ (REVIEW)

    This review is for the book Finding God in the Ruins by Matt Bays. It really isn’t often that an author says so many things that the typical person is thinking. Not every author or pastor will tell you that God allows for evil and injustice. Or that it’s okay not to be okay with that. Or that it’s okay for you to tell God that you’re upset with him. I mean, God knows what you are feeling – why not just be honest with him? Matt’s story is a story of tragedy and his journey of rebuilding that is still happening to this day. I love his honesty and how he has found God in his story. I absolutely love his writing style. It isn’t often that I read a nonfiction book over the course of one to two days, but I couldn’t put this one down. I highly recommend this book.

    Written by The Talbert Report on March 21, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RWW1J1WREHSS7/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    Matt Bays’ book Finding God in the Ruins was an unexpected treasure. Several of my other writer friends had already extolled his wisdom, depth of soul and beautiful way of truthfully turning himself inside out in words. I was expecting to love the book, but I wasn’t expecting to be moved, lifted and opened up by the book.

    Written by iholdyourheart.com on March 21, 2016

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    I appreciated the honesty of the author in this book, since he is very open about the sexual dysfunction that was in his home during his childhood and teen years that caused him to doubt God’s love. This book does a great job of sharing the stories of brokenness and how God works through our hurts. I thought Matt does a great job of sharing his heart. I do have mixed feelings about his use of some scriptures, but overall feel like this is a great book to read about the difficult subject of God and pain.

    Written by inkling and notions on March 19, 2016

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I like Bays’ honest exploration of his doubt about God after a terrible, sexually dysfunctional childhood. We could certainly use more of this kind of honesty in the Christian community. I didn’t like that Bays was a worship leader during his years of doubt, singing songs he says he did not believe. Also, he took “literary license” with Scripture, putting words in David’s mouth (Ps. 44:11). I think this book is best read with others, in a trusted group. There is a good discussion guide for that.

    Written by Book Reviews From an Avid Reader on March 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RKD85GNPWZJBQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B012EQEHC4

  • ENGAGING, REFRESHING, HELPFUL

    With uncommon honesty, Matt Bays recounts the unrelenting pain he has experienced throughout his life. Bays wrestles with the most important questions one faces in such situations: Where was God when ____ ? How could God have allowed ___ ? What does it mean when my desperate and sincere and incessant prayers go unanswered? Bays refrains from offering platitudes or advice to pattern your life after. Instead, he encourages his readers to wrestle, offers insights he’s gained from his own experiences, shares his own shortcomings and lingering doubts, recounts stories of redemption-in-brokenness, etc. Bays does not push us to a theological answer; instead, he points us to the living God. I find Bays’ reticence to “defend God” refreshing, and I believe this book will be helpful to many readers.

    Written by Amazon on March 17, 2016
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  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ {A LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP REVIEW}

    I found Bays’ gentle musings and the mixing of narrative memories with reflections on God and his nature to be riveting. This is perhaps the most moving memoir I’ve read in five years. It is an emotional roller coaster though, and I will admit that I wept several times over the course of reading this book.

    Written by Raventhreads on March 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R199VF0ZJ8JGVM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • LITFUSE REVIEW: ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    The author took a group of individuals and their stories of recovery in Christ and changed the paradox a bit in order for the rest of us to live in a freedom that maybe we only dream about.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on March 17, 2016
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  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUNIS’ BY MATT BAYS — REVIEWED

    Dear reader, if you don’t read another book all year, pick this book up and soak up every single word! Lay down your religious tradition and embrace the love of your heavenly Father – completely – without reservation – in spite of your mess – your pain – in spite of everything!! Please, I ask you from the deepest part of my heart – chase after God and your redemption with every fiber of your being!! Be made new!!

    Written by Window To My World on March 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’ BY MATT BAYS

    Finding God In The Ruins is about overcoming trauma and tragedy in life and finding God in the tragedy. This book is very well written and the author held my attention throughout the entire book. This book can be a life changer to people who will let the words speak to them. Many of us have gone through something bad and ask ourselves where is God. This book will reach to those who have once felt that or are feeling that now. The book is not entirely without humor. The author injects humor where it is needed.

    I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on March 15, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Finding-God-Ruins-Redeems-Pain/dp/0781413834/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458002315&sr=8-1&keywords=finding+god+in+the+ruins+matt+bays

  • ON ‘FINDING GOD IN THE RUINS’

    “There are still aspects of redemption about which I am not certain, and the author doesn’t claim to be, either. There are no easy answers in this book, just thoughtful questions and complicated truths. Faith is never tidy, though- not like belief. This book is beautiful, but it’s not pretty- it’s raw and at times uncomfortable. But I could feel those little seismic soul shifts as I read it- you know those moments? When the little tectonic plates of your heart are disrupted and rearranged?

    The author is frank about his life, his doubts, his struggles. His writing is blunt and lyrical- that’s an unusual and compelling combination. Equal measures grit and grace.”

    Written by In Others’ Words on March 15, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R5TSY9X9B564I/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413834&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books