WHEN LIFE'S ROSY DREAMS DISSOLVE INTO DIFFICULT REALITIES THAT BREAK OUR HEARTS, GOD SHOWS THAT HE SPECIALIZES IN RESTORATION. "If in these pages you see your own life's experience mirrored in our daughter's, may you, too, find a personal relationship with the same heavenly Father who continues to be her strength, comfort, and joy."" --From the foreword by Billy Graham "Warning: This book should only be read by imperfect, flawed people in serious need of God's amazing grace. Thank you, Ruth Graham, for having the courage to bare your soul and then lead others back toward God's welcoming arms." ----Philip Yancey, author of Where Is God When It Hurts? "For any who have experienced the tragedy of infidelity and wrong choices. Ruth unfolds her life, showing that the grace of God is sufficient. ----Elisabeth Elliot Gren, author of Through Gates of Splendor "You hold in your hand a tool that will help you whether you are hurting or seeking to minister to one who is hurting.
By sharing openly from her own experiences of heartache and by offering practical insights founded on biblical truth, Ruth Graham has provided a resource that both equips us to pursue wholeness and leads us into the arms of the only One who can make us whole. ----Dr. Gary Smalley, The author of DNA of Relationships "This book is a must-read for those who are hurting or for those who would like to be a healing agent for someone else." ----Dr. Charles Stanley, author of The Blessings of Brokenness
Table of Contents
Contents FOREWORD BY BILLY GRAHAM... 9 1. IN MY PEW SAT A BROKEN HEART... 11 Seeing God in the Ruins 2. HOW COULD THIS BE HAPPENING TO ME? ... 17 The Shock of Brokenness 3. IS GOD REALLY IN CONTROL? ... 35 Trusting God to Carry Us in Hard Times 4. NO ONE KNOWS--SHOULD I KEEP IT THAT WAY?... 53 The Impulse of Isolation 5. DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO FORGIVE? ... 73 The Ongoing Struggle of Forgiveness 6. HOW DO I MAKE PEACE WITH GOD? ... 93 Choosing to Trust Him 7. HOW DO I LIVE IN TRANSITION? ... 109 Learning to Be Still during Times of Uncertainty 8. I DON'T WANT STAMINA--I WANT OUT! ... 129 Aborting God's Healing Work 9. HAVE I OUTSINNED GOD'S GRACE? ... 141 Experiencing God's Healing Embrace 10. WHO AM I? ... 153 Learning to Be Authentic 11. MORE TRIALS? WHEN WILL LIFE GET EASIER? ... 171 Trusting God in the Dark 12. HOW DO I KEEP ON TRUSTING GOD? ... 185 More Lessons in Letting Go 13. GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS ... 199 Learning the Language of Heaven WELCOME HOME ... 213 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ... 217
Ruth Graham is an experienced conference speaker and Bible teacher known for her honesty and authenticity as she shares her sometimes painful journey of faith. She is the author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and Legacy of Love and coauthor with Dr. Sara Dormon of I'm Pregnant... Now What? Ruth has appeared on many television and radio programs, including Good Morning America and the Hour of Power. She has three children and four grandchildren and lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Stacy Mattingly is co-author of Unlikely Angel with Ashley Smith; Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan with Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer; and two books with Ruth Graham: In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and Legacy of Love.