The photographs in Finding God's Blessings in Brokenness by Charles F. Stanley are magnificent and bring peace of mind as you gaze upon God's masterpieces. Unfortunately, the writing itself did not sit so well with me.
The theme itself seemed like something I could use a reminder in: how pain reveals His deepest love. Stanley states how we can be broken and blessed and how sometimes we get the most blessings in our brokenness. That I agree with. He then goes on to say that when going through trials we often try to assign blame, such as saying "The devil caused this" or "God caused this". But that the greater likelihood is this: the devil caused it, and God allowed it. Yes, I also believe in that...that God allows some bad things to happen in our life as we all have freewill and also there is evil in this world.
But Stanley contradicted himself soon after as he said God uses trials to brake us (much like one would brake a horse). He uses this many, many times in the following chapters and tells us that God will do anything to break us to His will. This type of thinking would make many people wonder why some people have so many trials in their life and others clearly not as many. Does that mean the latter people are better people? That God has to break some people more than others? That way of thinking, especially if I was reading this book at the beginning of a new trial, would lead me to believe that I was a bad person and God was trying to break me down to make me a better person.
The truth is, bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. We don't know the rhyme or reason. Yes, blessings can come through trials and sometimes you truly need to hit rock bottom before you learn to lean on God and make Him and His ways the top of your list for your life. Things do have a purpose in our life and God will work for the good of those who love him and sometimes what's good for us isn't always what we desire.
This book felt like a parent spanking you while telling you "this is for your own good." It wasn't comforting at all.
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.