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Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy (edició 2002)
de Larry Crabb (Autor)
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Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Path to Joy de Larry Crabb
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I received this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program and I wasn't that excited. I find many Christian self-help books to be formulaic and oversimplified. Might I also point out that Christian self-help is a moronic classification since Christianity is all about Christ working in people unable to save themselves. So it was with great trepidation that I cracked open the cover and read the Author's Note and Introduction. "Not bad," I thought, "but I don't hold out much hope for the rest."
The rest blew me away. It was the antithesis of self-help, the flip side of the prosperity gospel, the inverse of American Christianity. There are no steps to follow. There is simply an attitude shift and a different view of problems. This is not a way to become happy but a way to find God.
It reminded me of Revelations 3:17,18 - "Because you say, 'I am rich and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,' and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see."
Ten out of ten bookmarks.
Ressenya escrita per a Crítics Matiners de LibraryThing .This is a difficult book for me to review as I haven't had any great tragedies befall me in my life. That being said, what Crabb suggests we do when faced with loss and sadness is sound. He offers no false assurances, no trite and shallow solutions, but instead focusses on the grace of God.
One could wish Crabb had delved more deeply into other Christian traditions - does the ascetical tradition offer any guidance to Christians today? Does the Catholic understanding of uniting our sufferings with those of Christ provide a way for Protestants also to serve God and their neighbour in their suffering? I think the answers to both questions are yes; and while Crabb is sound so far as he goes, there are largely unexplored areas for faithful Christians to explore in relation to the sorrows and sufferings we experience.
Priceless after the death of my son.
Ressenya escrita per a Crítics Matiners de LibraryThing .I actually didn’t finish this book, and I probably wouldn’t be counting it among my reads for the year and reviewing it if it weren’t an Early Reviewers title. As such, I have the unenviable task of explaining why I didn’t like it.
Personally, I think the concept of Crabb’s book is excellent, and that he does a good job of diagnosing various problems in contemporary churches, specifically as regards views on happiness, suffering, and joy. I really wanted to like the book; when I received it in the mail, I thought it had come into my life at the perfect moment. At the time I was picking up the shards of several shattered dreams: I had flunked out of the school I intended to be my alma mater, my scholarships and high GPA were nowhere to be seen, and I was struggling with understanding my own sexuality.
But enough about me. The book started off well enough, but as I read on the sequins began to fall from my eyes, and I began to see Crabb’s work for what it was rather than what I wanted it to be. To begin with, Shattered Dreams is very repetitive, a typical problem with poorly-written nonfiction books. And as for his citations, they’re practically nonexistent. I don’t expect a scripture reference at the end of every sentence in this sort of book—in fact, that can become tiresome—but Crabb just comes across as lazy. At one point he articulates an idea that he says comes from C. S. Lewis, but doesn’t even bother to mention which book he’s citing.
Finally, the view of Christian life this book presents is a pretty dim one, and not one I subscribe to.
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Using the Biblical story of Naomi, Dr. Larry Crabb shows you how to look through life's tragedies to see the lavish blessings God has for you in Shattered Dreams. "Shattered dreams," writes Dr. Larry Crabb, "are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream." To help you understand this neglected truth in the deepest and most helpful way, author and counselor Larry Crabb has written a wise, hopeful, honest, and realistic examination of life's difficulties and tragedies. He wraps these insights around the bold story of Naomi in the Bible's book of Ruth. As Crabb retells and illuminates this sometimes disturbing and often profoundly touching story, we are shown how God stripped Naomi of happiness in order to prepare her for joy. And we gain an unforgettable picture of how God uses shattered dreams to release better dreams and a more fulfilling life for those He loves. Shattered dreams have the power to change our lives for good. Join Larry Crabb on a life-changing adventure to encounter God in the midst of life's most difficult times, and learn to live beyond your Shattered Dreams.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)242 — Religions Christian Devotional Literature and Practical Theology Devotional Literature (Meditations + Contemplation)
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Larry Crabb bodly declares the compassion and immeasurable grace of God our Father who desires above all else to bless His children.
I recommended this title to a friend in crisis - she laughed at the title - saying "This doesn't sound very encouraging". Oh - but this is the essence of life, we must experience the shattering to experience true grace, to appreciate the fullness of God's love, to find ourselves in total surrender to a faith that will forever change us and restore us.
I began reading this book after my husband preached a sermon about being "fully equipped" out of II Timothy. How true that God does equip us for the storms of life that batter us and threaten to destroy us.
I have a new-found respect for Larry Crabb as he teaches the doctrines of Christ and tells of the vast love and grace out of his own experience with shattered dreams. Living in the middle of a world shattered by health issues he has experienced grace and restoration and testifies of it in this powerful, life-changing book.
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