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The Wind That Destroys and Heals: Trusting the God of Sorrow and Joy [Paperback]

By Stephen E. Broyles (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2003
Publisher   Shaw Books
ISBN  1578566533  
EAN  9781578566532  


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Why would a loving, all-powerful God allow so much pain and suffering? It's a question everyone asks from skeptics to spiritual seekers to confirmed believers. In The Wind That Destroys and Heals, theologian and educator Stephen Broyles wrestles with it personally, powerfully, and poignantly. After enduring the horror of his young wife's death, Broyles interrogated the Scriptures to find a reasonable explanation for his devastating loss. In this book he supplies the coordinates readers need to track God through the darkest, most broken stretches of life. God is there in all of it, and it's possible for us to locate him even when the thickening darkness dims our sight. Like the psalmists of the Hebrew Scriptures, Broyles challenged God to explain himself, to demonstrate why in heaven's name any sane person should trust God. And he received an answer though not the one he expected: God is a Wind that could easily destroy us but who also holds out the only promise for our healing. We understand our undoing only in light of who God is. And we find our ultimate healing only in God.

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Why would a loving, all-powerful God allow so much pain and suffering? It's a question everyone asks-from skeptics to spiritual seekers to confirmed believers. In "The Wind That Destroys and Heals, " theologian and educator Stephen Broyles wrestles with it personally, powerfully, and poignantly.
After enduring the horror of his young wife's death, Broyles interrogated the Scriptures to find a reasonable explanation for his devastating loss. In this book he supplies the coordinates readers need to track God through the darkest, most broken stretches of life. God is there in all of it, and it's possible for us to locate him even when the thickening darkness dims our sight.
Like the psalmists of the Hebrew Scriptures, Broyles challenged God to explain himself, to demonstrate why in heaven's name any sane person should trust God. And he received an answer-though not the one he expected: God is a Wind that could easily destroy us but who also holds out the only promise for our healing. We understand our undoing only in light of who God is. And we find our ultimate healing only in God.

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More About Stephen E. Broyles

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen E. Broyles taught philosophy and theology at a quiet private college in Florence, Alabama, for seventeen years. When his wife, Elizabeth, died, his world changed forever. He stepped out of teaching to be a single parent to their two children, then aged six and ten. He has since earned his living, in part, through writing and editing. He holds the Master of Arts and Master of Theology degrees from Harding University Graduate School in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama. Broyles has now remarried. A long-time resident of Alabama, he now lives with his wife, Sharon, in Massachusetts. More information can be found on his Web site, www.stephenbroyles.com.

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A hard read  Aug 29, 2008
I have read dozens of grief & loss books in the 13 months since the suddent death of my 18 year old son. This is one of my least favorite. In fact, I still haven't finished it. It is a difficult read and very heavy into theology. There is very little about the author's own experience in losing his wife and the mother of his children but much more slanted toward Biblical teachings. I'm going to slog through it but it has been one of the least helpful to me in my difficult journey.
 
Truly inspiring! Really makes you think about your faith:  Dec 11, 2005
Sadly this book seemed to slip by without a lot of press. As an avid reader of Christian books, I was amazed at the truth and honesty behind this one. Stephen Broyles writes as a real man who has experienced real loss. This is a book on grief and loss by someone who has truly experienced grief and loss--not a gushy bit of fiction meant only as a sappy tear-jerker. While Broyles does use his own experiences as examples, this is not a book about him--it is a book for you. His message is real and true and powerful. It will leave you thinking not of your loss, but of what you can gain for yourself and your faith.
 
A Powerful/No BS Testimony of God's Covenental Faithfulness  Mar 26, 2005
While many who have suffered the loss of a friend, child, or spouse will no doubt appreciate Stephen's willingness to come alongside them as friend and caretaker (which is extremely hard to do on paper), I read this book after having suffered the death of a relationship with my girlfriend. He helped me to see that I am not alone, that I was protected and sheltered even in the midst of the greatest storm I had yet faced. He imparts the hope, truth, and person of the God revealed in Jesus Christ that I cling to as I face larger trials ahead. The book blends narrative and theological exposition seamlessly, showing clearly that our theology and our daily life, our God and our self, walk together hand in hand because of God's promise to never leave us or forsake us.
While it is somewhat cliche to say that something is "real," even powerful testimonies can get sucked into the vortex of what other reviewers have already noted as "Christian Cheese-ball Techniques and Easy-Answers." The Wind That Destroys and Heals simply blows it all away (forgive the pun). Furthermore, Stephen's tactful biblical-linguistic scholarship offers readers a chance to see their stories in the light of those who came before them (the Psalmists especially). As such, he brings us to the Lord in humility, seeking understanding and to be understood, undergoing transformation through it all. I can only say thanks to Stephen for his courage to give me a window into his life, to speak of his personal agony with wisdom and patience, and for teaching me how to wrestle and embrace our Lord at once, never separating the God of wrath from the God who defines grace and forgiveness for us.
 
A gentle compassionate companion as you grieve  Mar 17, 2005
Stephen Broyles book is like a quiet, gentle friend's presence in a time of grief. He shares the story of his wife's death and his own journey through grief not so that you can enter into his grief, but so that he can walk beside you in yours. His vulnerability, honesty, and willingness to enter into the most difficult of feelings and questions are a refreshing balm to the soul. He also takes on the difficult questions of faith that arise in grief with a respect for the complexity of our feelings, God and our faith in God. There are no quick fixes or easy answers or platitudes. Instead you will find a companion for the dark days and nights of grief and the road markers pointing to healing and joy for when the time is right. This book is beautifully written and truly a work of art.
 
Authentic Faith In the Midst of Real Grief  Feb 4, 2005
Where do faith and tragic loss meet? In this incredible book, the author takes us to such a place in his own life and that of a wife and mother of two young children whose life was taken by cancer. Broyles powerfully demonstrates that faith and despair can coexist by inviting us into his story, and into the biblical story of a God who is mysteriously and graciously present not only in the joys of life, but also in the depths of tragedy and brokenness. I highly recommend this to any reader who looks for faith beyond quick fixes or easy answers.
 

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