When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change

When God Interrupts Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change Our lives are constantly changing It s hard to keep up to keep our balance It s hard to keep trusting in God And it s especially difficult when the changes we re faced with are unwanted the death of

  • Title: When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change
  • Author: M. Craig Barnes
  • ISBN: 9780830819799
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our lives are constantly changing It s hard to keep up, to keep our balance It s hard to keep trusting in God And it s especially difficult when the changes we re faced with are unwanted the death of a loved one, a child leaving home, an illness, a frustrated dream Craig Barnes knows the dark side of change As a pastor, he has counseled many Christians through toughOur lives are constantly changing It s hard to keep up, to keep our balance It s hard to keep trusting in God And it s especially difficult when the changes we re faced with are unwanted the death of a loved one, a child leaving home, an illness, a frustrated dream Craig Barnes knows the dark side of change As a pastor, he has counseled many Christians through tough times of transition And he has been challenged by unwanted changes interruptions in his own life At times it seems as though God has moved far, far away But Barnes has discovered that just the opposite is true during times of change and seeming abandonment, God is right at our side offering to lead us in a new direction, offering us new life He writes, A young widow can outlive her grief and decide her life may never be the same but is far from over A lost job can become the beginning of a new vocation Here is the book for all who have known disappointment, bereavement or the shattering of faith, a book all the valuable because it promises hope without denying despair InWhen God Interrupts a sensitive, insightful pastor shows us how we can be found by God in the middle of unwanted change.

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    1. Back in 1996 I started to experience a series of very disturbing "interruptions" in a life that I thought had progressed nicely up until that point. Little did I know that M. Craig Barnes had just published a book that would help me greatly in making some sense of it all. I'm glad to have found it.Any Christian who has suffered a huge interruption in the life that he or she has expected to live will benefit from this book. Like it or not, most of us will be abandoned by many things we value in t [...]

    2. Craig Barnes writes Christian spirituality books that lack pretension, cliches and cheesy steps to success tactics. When God Interrupts put a crack in my false understanding that the Christian life was to be happy and successful with it's honest exploration of the pain and suffering we all experience in this life. Suffering isn't good, but God is not absent in it. This book explores this seeming paradox.

    3. Bought this for $0.25 at a secondhand store but was worth so much more. Well crafted writing that shows a depth of understanding of Scripture and modern living.

    4. "Finding new life through unwanted change." The book's subtitle promises hope, and the notion of God interrupting isn't meant as blaming Him for the pain we experience. I think the idea is that God interrupts the pain and disappointment.The introduction begins this way: "We just keep losing things: wives, husbands, friends, health, the dreams and security of the past." (p. 9) When God Interrupts calls these losses abandonment, and challenges readers to accept them as "the opportunity to discove [...]

    5. In yet another wonderful book, Craig Barnes guides the reader through the difficult reflections upon life when s*%t breaks loose - be it the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the doctor's report, or a child who is in a tailspin. He also addresses the challenge of when family members fail us or hurt us, and even the darkest questions of when we feel that God has failed us or let us down.Through a series of personal stories from his own ministry and experience Barnes reflects upon the gift, [...]

    6. Most of the time I dislike Jesus' statement: "whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (NIV). This book helped me to understand better the value of a lost life. I think we put much emphasis on our role in giving up our lives--surrending our lives to God, etc.--when probably more often than not God is the one who does the giving and taking away. That is, we do not surrender our jobs, loved ones, health, youth, friendships, but in the course of life [...]

    7. Craig Barnes is a Presbyterian pastor in Pittsbugh, but at the time this was written, he was at Capitol Presbyterian in D.C. (home chuch for Conde Rice among others). This is a reflection of how faith comes into play at times of unexpected crisis or change, and how those moments shape faith. It is anecdotal and very readable, and in part revolves around Rev. Barnes' own bout with cancer. It is more a pastoral life issues book than a work of theology, although it is definitely Christian in perspe [...]

    8. Written by a Methodist pastor who has gone through a difficult life. It is thought provoking to think of how God uses suffering as an interuption of our life in order to draw us closer to Him. Most of the principles you learn early on are found in this book, but the stories help to bring it home. Nothing "earth-shattering" but it was a comforting book to read on a weekend trip away with the wife.

    9. This book has formed my life and philosophical outlook more than anything on earth. Maybe that isn't the right way to put it. It made what I thought I knew to be wrong, and what I truly felt to be concrete. It is a wonderful and life-changing book, that I have given out at least five copies of. Please read this.

    10. I'm re-reading this 1996 offering. Barnes has a way of zeroing in on the big questions without melodrama. I found this book profoundly helpful years ago when I was suffering through terrible hardships. The book is a study in what it looks like to abandon our lives and follow an unpredictable God.I recommend this book heartily.

    11. Some very good points and I especially like where this author is coming from. The only drawback is that the book says so much that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Each chapter would have made a good book I think.

    12. an excellent book for when you are going thru hard times (i.e. death of someone close to you, losing a job, divorce, etc.). really helps you find meaning in it and helps you move on to what God has for you. one of jay pathak's top 5 books.

    13. Mr. Barnes has written an incredibly helpful book if you're searching for answers to questions about where you are in your current relationship with God.

    14. A fantastic read. He writes so well and so eloquently. speaks to me on many levels especially after the loss of my son.

    15. This is one of those books that gets better with each chapter. Very good and helpful insights to the inner life.

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