Glorious Ruin (Library Edition) : How Suffering Sets You Free
Author: Tullian Tchividjian
In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real), like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, best-selling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots as we try to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for those who can’t seem to fix themselves — or others. This is not so much an audio book about why God allows suffering or even how we should approach suffering — it is an audio book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is an audio book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross. Review:
"Kelly Ryan Dolan uses youthful, clear diction to treat readers to Pastor Tchividjian’s ruminations on pain and suffering, which purport that pain is unavoidable. With measured tones, Dolan delivers the author’s descriptions of suffering as a universal experience. Listeners learn it’s not a question of if or when we suffer, it’s about who we suffer with. Compelling spiritual nuggets like, “powerlessness is the beginning of freedom” and “desperation precedes deliverance” are conveyed with authenticity. Dolan’s narration on “moralizing,” which the author makes sound like cosmic payback for something done or not done, is understated. The discussion of “minimizing,” which invalidates the one suffering with words like “It could be worse,” is especially believable in its essence and delivery. Tchividjian’s writings point to Christ, just as his grandfather Billy Graham’s words pointed to salvation."
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication Date: 20121001
Subject: REL012120-RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth,
About The Author:
Tullian Tchividjian (cha-vi-jin) is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, a visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, and grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham. He is the best-selling author of Jesus + Nothing = Everything, a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, and a popular conference speaker. Tullian and his family reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.