Tuesday, September 23, 2008

When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood


Suffering isn't a popular topic in many of today's congregations or over-coffee discussions. But Jesus promised us we would suffer, and we read over and over in Scripture about suffering and trials. Ed Underwood has authored a book born out of suffering that will bring great comfort to every believer.

"When God Breaks Your Heart" was created in one of Ed's darkest valleys. A knee replacement surgery didn't go as expected, launching him into pain and despair almost unbearable. Prayers seemed to go unanswered, and he was forced to pour it all out before God in those prayers that are nothing but soul groans.

Ed talks about asking and receiving, and references James when he reminds us that we receive not because we ask not. He talks about dangerous prayers (like "let me see people through Your eyes, Lord") and how it feels when it seems the heavens are silent in the face of your distress.

Ed's backdrop for this book is the story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. He carefully pieces together the blank spots in the story of Jesus' great love for this family and God's grand purpose that we cannot always see.

Not an easy reading experience, "When God Breaks Your Heart" came at a moment in my life when most of who I've been and what I've done was being stripped away. I was at a crossroads--accept God's plan for my life or struggle against what He had for me.

We don't always understand the plans of God (see Isaiah for an explanation of why). But we must trust that He always knows what is best, and remember that this life isn't all there is. Suffering ushers us into the presence of God in a powerful way...Ed's story is a testimony to that truth.

Do you know someone who's hurting? Someone who has a broken heart, and you suspect God did the breaking? Is it you? Pick up a copy of Ed's book, and let it be a balm to your wounded soul. And pray for Ed. I have no doubt he prays for you.

I'm not rating this book...but I am highly recommending it.

Happy Reading!


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