Finding God in the Dark {review}

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I am a slow reader. It isn’t that I’m incapable of comprehending quickly; it’s that I consume text the way I imagine culinarians enjoy food. Reading is an experience and not simply an exercise. I underline. I circle. I write carefully-crafted rebuttals in the margins of my books. Truly, loaning out my books is the equivalent of bringing a used dessert to a party. Nobody enjoys it.

I’ll get to the point. Moments ago, I finished reading Finding God in the Dark by Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin, and I found the experience worth every minute I spent reading. True to form, I filled the book with underlining and circling, and I fully expect to read the book again.

Why? It resonated.

As someone who has waded deep waters on multiple occasions in my life while peers seemed to experience the lottery of unending successes, I know firsthand that the identity and idolatry issues that accompany heartache are ugly. But expecting the exposed sin to fix itself–or worse yet, waiting for the next bit of good news to “make everything better”–is equally repulsive.

And, if we are honest, ignoring disillusionment and doubt can be spiritual suicide.

It is only through the work of the Great Physician who uses painful situations in our lives to surgically remove the cancers of pride and self-sufficiency that we are able to find healing and enjoy the balm that grace affords.

In reading this book, I felt like I was sitting across the table from two friends whose transparency and honesty made me willing to address my own spiritual shortcomings. In lieu of expected cliches and tired examples were stories so personal to the authors that I finished the book believing that since God worked difficult situations together for their good, He most certainly could do the same with mine.

For that, I am grateful.

 

{NOTE: Many books I read and review come directly from publishers. That said, I am not paid to review any of these books, and everything I say about a book is my own opinion.}

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