Glorious Ruin is a great read by Tullian Tchividjian. Suffering is something most Christians do not want to discuss, yet it is a fact we all must face in some form or fashion in our lives.
Glorious Ruin is based on the book of Job from the Bible. Job lost all in his life, even though he was a devout follower of the Lord. Job was willing to loose it all, because He knew that God was totally trustworthy. Tchividjian says, “Only when we come to the end of ourselves do we come to the beginning of God. This is a common theme in the Bible – desperation precedes deliverance. Grief precedes glory. The cross precedes the crown. Powerlessness is the beginning of freedom.” Freedom is possible even in the midst of suffering. Sometimes we feel that we must understand all of God’s ways but Tchividjian says that we will never understand all we go through, and we will probably go to our grave not understand it all but we must continue to trust God through it all. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, ” If you don’t go to your grave confused, you don’t go to your grave trusting.” I loved the book and know that many will benefit anyone suffering or knows someone suffering. God has really spoken through Tullian and the book is well worth reading.