Review: Finding God in the Ruins by Matt Bays

Posted March 25, 2016 by meezcarrie in Christian, Matt Bays, nonfiction / 0 Comments

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finding god in the ruinsFinding God in the Ruins (David C. Cook, March 2016)

If God is love, why do we hurt so much?

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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First, what better day to talk about this book than on Good Friday – the day we reflect on Jesus marching into our ruins and taking all our unanswered pain on His bloody and ripped-to-shreds shoulders.

Bays tackles – with grit and grace – some of the deepest and darkest questions that touch every soul at some point in life.  If you personally haven’t thought them (because we don’t dare say them out loud), someone close to you has… is… will.  He claims that the days of “glitter Christianity” need to be put aside, that instead we need to get raw and honest with God. To not be afraid to ask “how could You?” or “why didn’t You?” That our understanding of our Redeemer needs to be more of One who sits in our brokenness with us – who even has His eye on us during the breaking so we are never alone for one moment – and less of One who simply gives us what we ask for or wipes our slates clean.

This isn’t an easy read. It’s gritty at times. It’s uncomfortable. It asks questions and relates scenarios that we don’t like to consider.  And in the interest of full honesty, I don’t agree with everything Bays asserts or always how he asserts it… BUT… the main idea behind Finding God in the Ruins is a vital one that desperately needs to be in the hands of anyone who has ever walked away from God – or wanted to. Our pat answers aren’t cutting it anymore – for ourselves, and certainly not for anyone else. You won’t find pat answers in this book, and while I can’t embrace all of his points, I appreciate the passion behind them.

Finding God in the Ruins would be a very good resource for a small group discussion … both for groups of unchurched/dechurched as well as for “native Christians” who are open to stretching their comfortable faith a bit. This is a key question – When the reality of your pain doesn’t line up with what you’ve been taught in church, then what? – and one that more churches and followers of Jesus need to embrace and address.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

Read a excerpt from Finding God in the Ruins on New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp’s website:

About the Author:

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Matt Bays is a writer, speaker, and musician with a passion to call people out of their hiding places. In ministry for twenty years, he and his wife, Heather, live in Indianapolis with their fun-loving and insightful teenage daughters.

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