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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:
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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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  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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