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When the reality of your pain doesn’t line up with what you’ve been taught in church, then what? While many abandon their faith or embrace hopelessness, it is possible to discover the God who heals your heart in the midst of the pain.
Matt Bays has been where you are. His unforgettable stories of loss and healing will usher you into a life where gratitude overpowers anger, hope overcomes despair, and hunger for God replaces indifference to God. With a fresh and original writing style, Bays demonstrates that true redemption is far more powerful than the temporary fixes of sanitized Christianity.
Matt Bays is a writer, speaker, and musician with a passion to call people out of their hiding places. In ministry for twenty years, he and his wife, Heather, live in Indianapolis with their fun-loving and insightful teenage daughters.
Table of Contents
A Word to Readers
PART 1—THE BACKSTORY Chapter 1 - The Pen (Where is God?)
Chapter 2—One-Sided Prayers (It’s Not Adding Up)
Chapter 3—The Chain (Kicking God Out of Your Life)
Chapter 4—The Age of Reckoning (Symptoms of a Deeper Problem)
Chapter 5—Put Away the Glitter (God Wants You to Tell the Truth)
Chapter 6—The Family Way (The Uncensored Version of Your Story)
PART 2—COMPATHY Chapter 7—And Wee Danced (The Hope of God)
Chapter 8—Love Sifting (The Comfort of God)
Chapter 9—Me Too (You Are Not Alone)
Chapter 10—Me Encanta (The Love of God)
PART 3—STORYTOLD Chapter 11—The Untold Story—I Used to be Matt Petrino (The Power of Your Story)
Chapter 12—Default Settings (Accepting Who You Are)
Chapter 13—Someone Else’s Story (Telling Your Story)
PART 4—REDEMPTION2.0 Chapter 14—Redeemed2.0 (Finding God in Your Redemption)
Chapter 15—Brothels and Basements (A Compassionate God)
Chapter 16—Melody Unchained (Finding Your Faith Again)
Chapter 17—The Quiet Hum (My Life for the Glory of God)