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A Beautiful Disaster

A Beautiful Disaster
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A Beautiful Disaster

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Interweaving biblical insights and personal narratives, this eloquently written book shows how God often uses suffering and desert experiences to form us into Christ's image. Marlena Graves shares her experiences of growing up poor in a house plagued by mental illness as a means to explore the forces God uses to shape us into beautiful people in the midst of brokenness.

This book offers a window into suffering through the motif of desert spirituality, revealing how God can use our painful experiences to show himself faithful. While no one welcomes suffering, God often uses desert experiences--those we initially despise and wouldn't wish on anyone--to transform us into beautiful souls who better resemble Jesus. Graves shows how God can bring life out of circumstances reeking of death and destruction, whether those circumstances are crises or daily doses of quiet desperation.

Readers who have experienced suffering and question God's purpose for it will benefit from this book, as will counselors, pastors, professors, and mentors. It includes a foreword by John Ortberg and Laura Ortberg Turner.

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Interweaving biblical insights and personal narratives, this eloquently written book shows how God often uses suffering and desert experiences to form us into Christ's image. Marlena Graves shares her experiences of growing up poor in a house plagued by mental illness as a means to explore the forces God uses to shape us into beautiful people in the midst of brokenness.

This book offers a window into suffering through the motif of desert spirituality, revealing how God can use our painful experiences to show himself faithful. While no one welcomes suffering, God often uses desert experiences--those we initially despise and wouldn't wish on anyone--to transform us into beautiful souls who better resemble Jesus. Graves shows how God can bring life out of circumstances reeking of death and destruction, whether those circumstances are crises or daily doses of quiet desperation.

Readers who have experienced suffering and question God's purpose for it will benefit from this book, as will counselors, pastors, professors, and mentors. It includes a foreword by John Ortberg and Laura Ortberg Turner.

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Meet the Author

Marlena Graves

Marlena Graves (MDiv, Northeastern Seminary) is an op-ed writer for "Christianity Today"'s popular "Her.meneutics" blog. She is a member of the Redbuds Writers Guild and the Renovare Spiritual Formation Institute and has written for "Christianity Today", "Relevant", and the "Conversations" blog. She has also worked in college residential life and speaks frequently to students and congregations about spiritual formation.

Table Of Contents

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    part 1: This Wilderness Life
    1. The Way Of The Desert And Beautiful Souls
    2. Who Am I?
    3. To Your Cell For Goodness's Sake
    4. Loved Into Resurrection
    5. Testing And Temptation
    6. Careless In The Care Of God
    7. Waiting Around For God
    8. The Death Of A Dream
    9. The God Who Sees Me
    part 2: Wilderness Gifts
    10. Weak And Wise Athletes Of God
    11. Trembling In Fear And Adoration
    12. Children In The Kingdom Of God
    13. A Human Being Fully Alive

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  • Catalogue Code 397050
  • Product Code 9781587433412
  • ISBN 1587433419
  • EAN 9781587433412
  • Pages 220
  • Department General Books
  • Category Spiritual Growth
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Jun 2014
  • Sales Rank #76692
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.310kg

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