All of us, without exception, go through different phases in life. Life is a mixed bag of joy and sadness. As it is with the sun that appears to shine ever brighter after rain, the journey of life has its ups and downs.
While the depth and intensity of the setbacks that we face in life may differ from person to person, and from one culture to another, no one can escape from the reality of the devastation that life can bring at some point in life. On a more personal note, when cancer visited my family I was shaken but not broken. Certain thoughts did creep in but deep down in my heart of hearts hope was still burning. But after two years of painful treatment and quite of tidy sum of money was spent in vain – and when my wife went home to be with the Lord – leaving me to take care of our four young girls, I was totally devastated.
I am well aware that my personal experience is the story of many families. And if such a time comes, what would be your reaction? How would you respond to such a situation in life? And for those who have experienced life laid bare, how did you react or respond?
When the Bottom Drops Out: Finding Grace in the Depths of Disappointment by Robert Bugh, a Pastor and theologian, is a must read book for all Christians who are keen to find and hold onto Christ even through the most painful episodes of life.
The book will teach the readers that God’s grace is available in abundance even during the tough and rough patches of life.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414363494 (ISBN13: 9781414363493)
Price: $ 14.99
Robert Bugh is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. He received a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has served as the Senior Pastor at Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago, Illinois since 1994. Rob also serves as the chairman of the board of Greater Europe Mission.
Following the death of his first wife, Rob married a long-time family friend, Dr. Rhonda Williams, a pediatrician who previously lost her husband to cancer. Rob and Rhonda's crazy step family includes six young adults (3 are married) and one teenager.
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary review copy of the book.