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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tullian Tchividjian Narrator: Kelly Ryan Dolan Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781621881209
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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, unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying 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 a book about why God allows suffering or even how we should approach suffering—it is a book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is a book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Undeterred by the unsolved mysteries of theodicy, the author repeatedly underscores that through suffering, God is not in the business of giving explanations, but liberating the anguished from the ‘prison of Why,’ being strong for those who are weak, victorious for those who feel loss, glorious for those in the midst of ruin.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/29/2014

    " Great book to help understand lean times, anxiety, depression, Hope in God. Anything from Tulian is great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 11/12/2013

    " Every Christian should read this book. It gets to the heart of the Gospel: it's all about Jesus and what He did on the cross for us. Our lives are not about a self-improvement plan. Suffering is not a tool to 'teach us' something. Suffering is inevitable in this world. What it CAN do is lead us to the end of ourselves and to the foot of the cross, where we can truly KNOW that it is Christ in us who gives us life. This book really put into words what I have been experiencing thru my own 10-year struggle with a mystery disease: God is WITH ME and that's all I need. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Weston | 10/13/2013

    " I enjoyed it enough to buy his other book "Jesus+Nothing=Everything." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/4/2013

    " I can agree after reading this book I can say "Uncle!" just as well. I am glad suffering was not graded by degree and Tullian doesn't give us an outline of how to suffer like "a good Christian". This got to the heart of it, and it broke my heart as well as gave it more hope. Thanks Pastor! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lainy Lane | 9/14/2013

    " What a great and encouraging view on suffering. This was given to my family by our pastor in out time of suffering and I know why he chose this book. It is honest, convicting, freeing, and comforting. I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Beekman | 7/11/2013

    " Have much to ponder with this book. To die is best, then I can walk in new life! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 3/23/2013

    " Some great thoughts and arguments in here. However, I felt like he laid the groundwork well, but never fully pursued the case he was making... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Hockman | 2/18/2013

    " Excellent book. Everyone should read this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/27/2012

    " A good follow up on a different angle of Jesus+ Nothing= Everything. Many similar concepts, but a good reminder and education on the subject "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne LaVenture | 10/21/2012

    " This is an easy-to-read yet profound book about the nature of suffering. I agree whole-heartedly with a lot of it, yet there some 'very Reformed' implications with which I struggle. It's the kind of book you want to read again as soon as you finish. Read it, because I'd love to discuss it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Dowd | 10/4/2012

    " Can't articulate a review yet. Need to let it percolate in my soul while I search for words - or not. Thank you Jesus for being the Suffering Servant. "

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About the Author
Author Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, he is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. Tullian has authored a number of books, including Jesus + Nothing = Everything, and he travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the US. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the radical, amazing power of God’s grace.

About the Narrator

Kelly Ryan Dolan is a graduate of Judson College. His voice-over credits include the Left Behind radio drama and works for Sonlife Ministries and the Willow Creek Community Church, where he currently works in youth ministry.