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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Published
Grand Rapids : Zondervan 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
xvi, 207 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780310363446
0310363446
Main Author
Scott Sauls (author)
  • Tears on my shirt
  • A scented candle
  • Crash helmets in church
  • The grand canyon
  • Fine motor skills
  • Why we sing
  • Banana bread
  • The church basement
  • God has bad taste
  • Vapor
  • Homesick
  • Homesy songs
  • My two strange friends
  • Though I die
  • Of the increase
  • Chapter one and only: Then I saw.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"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) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Find the freedom from regret, hurt, and fear that God wants for you while discovering joy, relief, and hope as you become the beautiful human he created you to be.We all carry regret, hurt, and fear. These are burdens that weigh us down and make us feel trapped.In twenty-five years of pastoral ministry, Scott Sauls has come alongside countless individuals and communities through weary seasons and circumstances. From his own seasons of regret, hurt, and fear--including battles with anxiety and depression--he knows what it's like to be unfinished and on the mend under Jesus' merciful, mighty healing hand.Beautiful People Don't Just Happen reads like a field guide that can help you: Find hope in how God is drawn toward you, not appalled by you, in your sin and sorrow.Practice emotional health with joy, gratitude, and lament.Quiet shaming, wearying thoughts with God's divine counter-voice.Discover how the defining feeling of faith is not strength but dependent weakness.Learn what the Bible calls "the secret of being content" in every circumstance.Dare to embrace the contentment, hope, and fullness God wants for you--offered to all who will receive it.