Beautiful people don't just happen How God redeems regret, hurt, and fear in the making of better humans

Scott Sauls

Book - 2022

"Regret, hurt, and fear are familiar to us all. Often we feel trapped in their grip, but it doesn't have to be that way. Scott Sauls is our empathetic guide to the freedom that is found in God--freedom that unburdens us from regret, hurt, and fear and opens the door to a new life of relief, contentment, and hope"--

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Grand Rapids : Zondervan 2022.
Main Author
Scott Sauls (author)
Physical Description
xvi, 207 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue 1. Tears on My Shirt
  • Prologue 2. A Scented Candle
  • Prologue 3. Crash Helmets in Church
  • Prologue 4. The Grand Canyon
  • Prologue 5. Fine Motor Skills
  • Prologue 6. Why We Sing
  • Prologue 7. Banana Bread
  • Prologue 8. The Church Basement
  • Prologue 9. God Has Bad Taste
  • Prologue 10. Vapor
  • Prologue 11. Homesick
  • Prologue 12. Honest Songs
  • Prologue 13. My Two Strange Friends
  • Prologue 14. Though I Die
  • Prologue 15. Of the Increase
  • Chapter One and Only: Then I Saw
  • Bonus Material: Key Quotes
  • About the Author
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

"Many of the world's greatest souls become their best selves not in spite of but because of their distress," contends pastor Sauls (A Gentle Answer) in this insightful manual. The author helps Christians assuage self-doubt and negative thoughts with a blend of biblical analysis and personal anecdotes, which touch on Sauls's struggles with depression, anxiety, and the death of his mother. The author distinguishes guilt ("I said something mean") from toxic shame ("I am mean"), urging readers to reject the latter and find grace and forgiveness in God for the former. To illustrate the transformative power of adversity, Sauls points to the oppression endured by Isaiah after the death of King Uzziah and tells of how Job lost 10 children in a day. The author encourages readers to practice "abiding" by nurturing one's relationship with Jesus in good times so that it's fortified when bad times arrive. Sauls's thoughtful advice, grounded in keen scriptural interpretations, resists easy platitudes, and readers will appreciate such affirmations as, "Your own regret, hurt, and fear--your not-enough-ness--is not a barrier to God's healing mercy, but the very occasion for it." This is a soothing guide for weary souls. (June)

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