I chose the book Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb to review for Blogging for Books. The title of this book caught my eye because I'm dealing with some broken dreams in my own life. The book deals with finding true hope and joy even when your dreams are shattered and life is difficult. I found the book to be intensely real and honest. Crabb wrote of thoughts that I have often had, but was afraid to admit. I appreciated his picture of imperfect Christians that have struggles, doubts, and raw emotions. It was a relief to not feel so alone in my thoughts while dealing with the brokenness in my life. In the beginning of the book, I admit that I felt more discouraged and angry as Crabb went through all the feelings and thoughts that people struggle with when dreams are broken. The book was pretty intense and had much to ponder. As I read on and the story of Ruth unfolded I saw hope and God's love. This book gave me a Biblical perspective that challenged my skewed and incorrect ways of thinking towards my desires, dreams, and passions. Crabb got me to think outside the box and the "typical Christian". I realized many things about myself, the Christian community, suffering, pain, hope, and denial. I really liked the book and found it to be very helpful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is broken or wants to understand suffering and brokenness. It will change your perspective on how you view your life, circumstances and God.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)