Sometimes it's hard to see grace. And even harder to receive. When you're hurt or angry or confused or doubtful, grace can seem as hard tograsp as the sky.
But actually, it's as real and solid as stones: tangible, weighty, something to hold on to, a way through streams of pain, shame, abuse.
In these pages L.L. Barkat shares her own painful, powerful story with us. Weaving in truth from Scripture, words from other writers and stories of people who've come alongside her in her journey, she shows us the unexpected ways and places she's discovered grace: grace that has helped her open her heart to love, discover a way past fear, find freedom from shame.
Her story will help you find the rock of God's grace in the midst of your own broken, hard places. And his grace will give you a new story to tell.
L. L. Barkat
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's easy to think of L.L. Barkat's "Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places" as an autobiography. Like all writing, it is that, but it's also more, much more: memoir, devotional, hymn of praise, song of redemption, conversation with God. And it's in invitation to join her on a journey.
Barkat uses the metaphors of stone and rock to develop the themes of her life - conversion, doubt, shame, inclusion, witness, justice, love, gratitude and completion (there are more). Each "stone" begins with the personal and moves to the spiritual, and in that moment of transition comes a recognition for the reader that we're not just reading Barkat's story but our own. Her story becomes our story.
The writing is fine, remarkably fine. The way she tells the story of the Christmas lump of coal had tears running down my cheeks. Or how her grandmother forgets she made apple cakes. Or how the author herself, determined not to fall in love and not believing it falling...
I love the way this writer speaks gently and with grace towards herself and those involved in her journey. A wonderful story of forgiveness and healing.
Does anything indicate the quality of a book as much as how it reads the second time through? I enjoyed "Stone Crossings--Finding grace in Hard and Hidden Places" by L. L. Barkat the first time--even when tired and not doing it justice. But in August, relaxed and ready to meditate, I decided I'd look at it again. This time I knew the story so I could savor nuances, and they were tasty.
Barkat draws upon outside sources--secular writings, spiritual writings, children's books, and current events. She shares how key people displayed the life of Christ for her: a step-mother who shared the gospel and love; un-named church members who prayed over her, her mother, and her sister when they desperately needed protection; a college counselor who cared and didn't judge; and a boyfriend who didn't abandon her.
Not all significant people in her life were positive. Her honesty and integrity come through when she acknowledges she doesn't know if she's completely forgiven all...
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