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Wednesdays were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God [Formato Kindle]

Michael Kelley

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“Wednesdays were pretty normal,” writes Michael Kelley, looking for a bright spot amidst the chemotherapy routine brought on by his two-year-old son Joshua’s cancer diagnosis. His book of the same name offers much to anyone who’s tired of prescriptive spirituality and would rather acknowledge and work through the difficulties of faith with some transparency.

Joshua battled and beat the disease, but not before his family had to reconcile what it means to believe in God despite a broken world. His dad’s personal account of that fight to survive sparks a larger discussion of how Christians must learn to walk in the light of Christ’s promises despite the dark shadows of earthly pain. Indeed, it’s pain that sometimes opens the door to a deeper experience with Jesus, an authentic relationship that holds steady even when life loses the comfort of normalcy.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 598 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 267
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1433671697
  • Editore: B&H Publishing Group (4 febbraio 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0076CWEL8
  • Da testo a voce: Abilitato
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #221.917 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)

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18 di 19 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Best Book of 2012 6 marzo 2012
Di Daniel Darling - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Recensione cliente vite del prodotto gratuito (Cos'è?)
As a pastor I have to counsel many who suffer. Often I'm at a loss as to what to say. I know the right Scriptures to present. I can reassure them that our people love them and are standing with them. But unless I've undergone a smilar trial, what do I say?

What do I tell the parent whose child has cancer? What do I tell the wife who grieves the breakup of her marriage? What do I tell my own wife who recently buried her mother at a too-young age?

There are great, theological books on suffering. Books I've read, used as a basis for preaching, and have internalized. They are good. And yet they still seem sort of sterile in a time of personal suffering. There are also many good personal books that talk about

the trials of suffering. But many of these lack the Scriptural basis for walking someone through difficulty.

This is why I so enjoyed Michael Kelley's book, Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal.

Kelly, a writer, pastor, blogger, and director of discipleship for Lifeway, takes us through his own personal nightmare. One day, a doctor delivered the news that no parent wants to hear: "You're son has lukemia."

I'm a father of four children. The thing I fear most in my life is the serious illness, injury or death of one of my kids. It's the news I hope I never have to hear.

How do you handle this? How do you endure the endless tests, treatments, complications, financial considerations, etc when your young child has cancer? Kelly walks you through their story with authenticity, vulnerability, and hope. Kelly writes so well, so poignantly and personally. He breaks down the Scriptures teaching on trials and suffering in such an original and practical way. This is a book on suffering and hope that is not theoretical. There are not cheap platitudes. Only the day-by-day struggles of a father trying to make sense of his son's struggle with lukemia.

I think this book may be the best Christian book published in 2012. I hope it reaches the New York Times Bestseller list. It deserves too. It's a book I will gladly recommend to others. I'm thinking of ordering several copies and giving them to people I know who are suffering. The Scriptures Michael applied to his own heart will resonate with anyone who is suffering, not simply those who are grieving a child.

Simply put: this is the best book on suffering I've ever read. It's beautiful, wonderful read that can help breathe hope into a troubled, restless, angry soul. It has theological weight measured out in easily digestible doses. The book is comprised of short, simple chapters. It's like a running conversation.

I can't recommend this book any higher. If you've ever asked God, "Why?" you need to read Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal.

Michael Kelley, thank you for opening up your heart and sharing your story with us. I pray God uses Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal in a powerful way to inspire hope in millions of people around the world.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Wonderful and Moving 22 febbraio 2012
Di J. Lee - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato Amazon
In Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, Michael Kelley takes you through his son's battle with childhood leukemia and his own subsequent struggle with his faith. As Christians, we are taught that all things work for the glory of God. While this is true, it's not always easy to tell yourself that when your son is diagnosed with cancer, you've lost your job, or are struggling with addiction.

This isn't a book written only for parents whose kids have or have had cancer. It's written for anybody whose life hasn't gone exactly to plan. It's written for anybody who has been blindsided by tragedy or radical life change. It's written for anybody who has struggled. It's written for everybody.

At times moving, eye-opening, and occasionally humorous, Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal deserves a spot on your bookshelf, be it real or virtual.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Very Moving - Especially for Religious Minded People 23 agosto 2012
Di Bill Cashell - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Recensione cliente vite del prodotto gratuito (Cos'è?)
The title "Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal" describes how the Kelley family lived until their two year old son Joshua was diagnosed with leukemia. Their normal life was turned upside-down in the months ahead as their little boy battled for his life. As you might expect, Joshua recovered and today is a healthy and growing boy. Before you blast me for giving away the ending, the real story is about the journey, and the challenges they faced as a family.

Some books are good at asking questions and some books are good at answering them, but few do a good job on both. This book is one of those exceptions. We get to experience Kelly's inner feelings as he questions his choices and beliefs, and then finds the answers that support him and his family.

The main reason it is easy to connect with this book is because Kelly really asks the same kind of questions I would ask if my son had cancer. You can feel the pain of a parent wondering of their child will even live to see his next birthday. You follow the family as they describe their good decisions and their regretfully bad decisions.

The book is strong on religious overtones, but I don't think that would be a surprise considering that he holds a Master of Divinity degree. In reality, I think many people turn to God or a higher power when they feel helpless when facing a great challenge. It is the intimacy of Kelly's writing that really brings the journey to life.

On a personal note, I probably related to this journey more than the average reader because I lost my own son four years ago and experienced many of the same feelings while asking many of the same questions. This book will not be for everyone, but it will be a big lift to those who feel strong religious ties and are facing any great challenge of their own.
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Joy In Suffering 2 gennaio 2013
Di Tim Challies - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Some of the best writing, the writing that is most heartfelt and true, finds it source in life's deepest valleys. This is exactly the case with Michael Kelley's Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal.

Wednesdays were normal days for the Kelley family until they received the shocking news that their son Joshua, just two years old, had been diagnosed with leukemia. The normal life of this normal family was suddenly turned all around and upside down as their little boy battled for his life. The happy ending is that he won that battle and today is a healthy and growing boy. The journey, the subject of this book, is all the Wednesdays and other days between the diagnosis and the declaration that he is cancer-free at last.

There are books that are good at asking questions and books that are good at answering them but not so many that bring strength to both questions and answers. The joy of Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal is that it does both well, rather a rare combination. While this book has several notable strengths, allow me to point to just a couple of them.

The first has to do with the author's authenticity. Kelley asks the kinds of questions that so many parents may grapple with as they struggle through the reality of pain and disease and the very real possibility that their child may not live to celebrate his next birthday. This is not an abstract or academic discussion of suffering, but one that is authentic in every detail. Kelley invites the reader into his family's journey in both its highs and lows. Where he did well, he describes success, and where he did poorly, he describes failure. He humbly allows the reader to see both and through it all labors to point beyond himself.

The second strength has to do with the answers to those questions. The answers Kelley provides are satisfying and helpful because they are consistently rooted in Scripture. He affirms what is true and doesn't let himself drift into easy answers or rebellion or outright defiance of God. Instead he reminds himself--and reminds the reader--that what God says is true, that even in the darkest valley God is still God and he is still good. He does not describe suffering divorced from theology but suffering deeply rooted within it. This allows the answers to be helpful, so deep and real. It allows this to be the kind of book you will want to read in your own dark valleys or give to those who are in their own.
3 di 3 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Inspiring and heartbreaking. 1 agosto 2012
Di LMS - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Recensione cliente vite del prodotto gratuito (Cos'è?)
There are some experiences in life you simply can't prepare for. One of those experiences began when Michael Kelley's 2 year old son is diagnosed with leukemia. That diagnosis started a 3-year journey of medication, hospitals, tests, chemotherapy, and doctors visits. Life would never be the same for Michael and his wife. His son's diagnosis began a new normal.
I have to be honest, I had very mixed feelings about ordering this book. I was excited to read it. But I was also afraid. Even though I do not have children, I have been going through something very similar in my own life. Last Novemeber, my brother was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. It has been hands-down one of the most difficult experiences of my life. There have been times when I've doubted God and been angry with Him. There have been many times when I have wondered why.

But reading this book was very healing for me. Michael struggled with all of these same feelings. He is very open and honest about his doubts, anger, pain, and questions. He doesn't try to hide them or pretend that everything is okay. He lays it all out in the open. Even though he knows his life will never be the same as it was before his son's diagnosis, he has somehow managed to hang on to his faith and trust in God. He admits that there were many days when his faith was hanging by a thread. I am so incredibly thankful for this book. It helped me to understand that much of what I've been thinking and feeling is both normal and okay. I believe that God is much bigger than anything I can throw at Him. He is able to handle our hurt, anger, doubts, and questions. He isn't distant. He suffers and weeps with us. He wants us to be honest with Him about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Michael Kelley puts forth the idea that doubt isn't the opposite of faith, it's a part of faith. Whether we admit it or not, every single Christian has experienced doubt and anger towards God at one time or another. In many churches, there is an unspoken rule. Doubt, questioning, and anger towards God aren't to be acknowledged, much less discussed. But it needs to be discussed. Openly and honestly. If we don't feel like we can talk to anyone else, we can always talk to God.

I think this book would be a wonderful gift for Christian who is dealing with a serious illness (their own or that of a family member) or who simply feels frustrated and desperate about their circumstances. For anyone who lies awake at night thinking things like "Where is God when I hurt?" "Why won't He intervene in my circumstances?" This book offers no easy answers. It is like an intimate conversation. Through this book, the author comes alongside the reader and whispers "It's okay. I understand what you are feeling and struggling through. I've been there too. Even more important, God is always there for you." I know this is a book I will read again and again. Highly recommended. Thank you Michael for having the strength and courage to write this book.

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