I have been reading Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb. It’s the second time to read the book but I swear I forgot everything I read the first time. Probably on purpose. This has to be hands down the least favorite Christian book EVER! It flies in the face of the ever popular, “life is what you make it…so think and speak positive and it’ll come back to you” philosophy. I’m thinking of a few high profile preachers that would so hate this book. Heck, I hated this book.
But it has been life to us. I highly recommend it if you are going through tough times. Here are a few of my favorite things from the book~
~"Live long enough and dreams important to you will shatter….”
~"Shattered dreams are necessary for spiritual growth.” (My 1st thought was…I’d rather not grow.)
~"The experience of despair is the initial movement in the rhythm of hope.”
~"When you hurt, hurt. Hurt openly in the presence of God…Feel your pain. Regard brokenness as an opportunity, as the chance to discover a desire that no brokenness can eliminate but that only brokenness reveals.” (He is not talking about physical pain here…that is a different story I think)
~"People who insist on happiness never find joy.” (Oh I’ve been there…searching for something, anything to make me FEEL better…)
~" Shattered dreams are the prelude to joy.”
~"Silence and solitude are essential to discovering His Presence.”
~"…grief can only be embraced, never managed.”
I have sarcastic notes written on many of the pages in this book. I screamed my way through about 3/4 of it. It so angered me. But in the end God is showing me a few things. Needful things.