Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Finding God in the Ruins By Matt Bays

When the reality of your pain doesn’t line up with what you’ve been taught in church, then what? While many abandon their faith or embrace hopelessness, it is possible to discover the God who heals your heart in the midst of the pain.

Matt Bays has been where you are. His unforgettable stories of loss and healing will usher you into a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to God. With a fresh and original writing style, Bays demonstrates that true redemption is far more powerful than the temporary fixes of sanitized Christianity. 

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In the tradition of Donald Miller comes the fresh voice of Matt Bays, offering hope to those who have experienced deep loss or pain as well as those who crave more than trite answers about God and suffering.
Our world is in massive turmoil. The suffering are desperate for authentic hope and real redemption. Yet the church often responds with tired clichés that shrink our understanding of God rather than enlarging it.
Matt Bays understands. This book was birthed from his own deep struggles in a dysfunctional home. With pastoral wisdom, personal transparency, and unforgettable stories, he shows that true redemption is far more powerful than the temporary fixes of sanitized Christianity.
Best of all, he leaves readers with a much bigger God than the one they thought they lost in their pain.
Matt Bays is a writer, speaker, and musician with a passion to call people out of their hiding places; calling forth others' stories is the hallmark of his spiritual vocation and purpose. In ministry for twenty years, Bays was most recently the worship pastor for Northview Church in Carmel, IN, recently noted as the second fastest growing church in America with more than 8,000 attending each weekend.
Bays is also a singer-songwriter, as is his wife, Heather, herself a sought-after studio vocalist in Indianapolis. Married for twenty years, the couple have two teenage daughters.

Finding God In The Ruins is about overcoming trauma and tragedy in life and finding God in the tragedy. This book is very well written and the author held my attention throughout the entire book. This book can be a life changer to people who will let the words speak to them. Many of us have gone through something bad and ask ourselves where  is God. This book will reach to those who have once felt that or are feeling that now. The book is not entirely without humor. The author injects humor where it is needed.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.


  1. Don't know this author but the book sounds really good.

  2. This sounds like a great book to gift to someone in hard times. I have a couple friends who could use this.

  3. Well I need to read this one really bad. Lots going on right now.

  4. I think I might give this one a try. Thanks for the review.

  5. Love it !!! I'd read it . Blessings DanaGirl

  6. We all its seems anyway are hearing about people suffering and hard times. This needs to be read by everyone maybe.

  7. Sounds like an encouraging book that a lot of people I know right now need to read. Life is never without problems but how we deal with them makes the difference. Thanks for this review Mary!

  8. This sounds like my kind of uplifting read.

    1. Emma, you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  9. This book sounds awesome, Mary. Thank you!

  10. Interesting book sounds like it might be one to have when trouble finds you.

  11. Thank you for the review, Mary. I appreciate it very much!

    Matt Bays