Our newest book The Blessedness of Brokenness has just released this week! It is a compilation book of true stories, in which we wrote a chapter "The Broken Road to Our Dreams." Below is an excerpt from our chapter:
"In his mercy, God breaks us on the path to our dreams – to remove our dependency on things other than the Gospel – for our ultimate good. This enables us to see and savor Jesus Christ above all things, and to place infinite value on his finished work on the cross. In our brokenness we see through our flawed dreams that because Christ went to the cross for us - something greater than our wildest dreams is already done for us. In Christ, we already have it all."
The Blessedness of Brokenness includes chapters from 17 other authors as well as forewords by Matthew Barnett, New York Times bestselling author of The Cause Within You and Pastor of the LA Dream Center, as well as Dr. Junior Hill, former Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Some of the other contributing authors are:
Andy Williams, former drummer for Casting Crowns
Buddy Mullins, former Gaither Vocal Band singer
Marine Tim Lee, a renown patriot and evangelist
Brenda Epperson, Hollywood actress from “The Young and The Restless” and opener for world-wide concert tour with Lionel Richie
Acton Bowen, author and Pastor to various celebrities, including Justin Beiber
Lex Luger, World Wrestling Champ
Dr. T. A. Powell, professor at Liberty University
Sam Glenn, former Acquire the Fire speaker
Shelley Hendrix, Fox News contributor
Brandon Crouch, grandson of Trinity Broadcast Network founders
Frank Shelton, the visionary behind the book writes on his blog release on the book:
"Have you ever sat in an audience and thought “I bet that singer or speaker has led an easy life? Everything they touched must have turned to gold or born with a “silver spoon” in their mouth? The fact is, the folks that I admire most have endured the most. In 1992, I preached a sermon called “The Blessedness of Brokenness.” God gave me both the title and text and I have come to the conclusion that God doesn’t use the “blessed” but broken the most. What religion says is a “dead end” God uses as a launching pad to victorious living and notes “I’ve just begun.” Mark Lowry was right that “God tends to use broken pots because they leak more water.” An anointing oozes out of broken vessels because the cracks reveal Christ’s grace, mercy and love.
This book reveals tragedy to triumph becoming trophies of God’s grace while proclaiming the Gospel Truth. The book had been brewing in me for exactly two decades but God finally gave me the green light to release it. Our prayer is that this book will bless you and help you view brokenness in a different light. In the words of my buddy, Mark Shelton: “I met God on the mountain but the Lord in the valley.” Indeed, God is a present help to the broken heart.
It is medically proven that a bone becomes stronger after a break. Andy Stanley is right when he notes: “God may showcase His strength on the platform of your weakness.” God never wastes a trial and where man discards the Messiah delivers. When Jesus fed five thousand, He took the bread and broke it after giving thanks. The irony is that lad’s lunch in the Lord’s hands after being broken enabled him to be part of God’s ministry to witness Him firsthand feed the masses. Jesus then instructed the disciples “gather the fragments that nothing be left.” After finding a feasting in fasting I now realize that the LORD LOVES LEFTOVERS and relishes in resurrections. Only God enables imperfect people to promote His perfect Son! What man throws away God sees as a treasure and He uses our brokenness to draw us closer to Him and gives us a greater reach to minister to others."
We are selling a very limited amount of signed copies here to the first two dozen people who email us here. We will send you a paypal link to finalize your order. Please allow several days for paypal link response, we will follow up early next week to all who order.