Letters to a Devastated Christian: Healing for the Brokenhearted Paperback – Dec 1 2000
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I've read most of his works, but this book, 'Letters to a Devastated Christian,' is his tour-de-force. It's a short read, but it is packed with a rich and manifold density. His spare writing style is showcased in this piece; there is a tremendous motherlode of wisdom and discernment packed into few words.
The outlay of the book is engaging... letters from a mentor to a crushed young man. The mentor doesn't try to sugar-coat the authoritarian abuses the young man has endured but instead uses them as stepping-stones to teach about issues such as suffering, humility and grace. The wells of wisdom come through as a breeze, refreshing, not as a jarring assault to an already-wounded soul. Edwards uses the Master to teach and show the higher way, the better way.
If you've ever been tormented at the hands of fellow believers then this book is for you. There's a healing balm in its words. It won't magically remove the pain inflicted upon you, nor give you rose-coloured perceptions regarding faith and fellowship, but it will help you understand that all things can be turned to good (hard as that is to believe)... and that the hardest things bring the biggest benefit to the maturing and deepening of one's faith. It will set you on the healing path and encourage you to take the higher, better road in life.
Edwards is a shepherd/prophet speaking to the church at large - admonition and exhortation for one and all is seen in his writings. Believers would do well to pay heed to his words. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who've gone through painful things in life, have been wounded deeply by fellow believers, or who just simply find life hard to live. I'm sure you'll treasure this title as much as I do.
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