If you've ever felt that praying was like talking to a wall, the last thing you need is another book that holds out religion like a good-luck charm. Where has the real God gone? Arnold tells stories about real men and women with very real problems finding strength to face life's challenges.
Cries from the Heart answers a specific hunger millions share - a longing for a personal connection to the divine. In times of crisis, all of us reach for someone,or something, greater than ourselves. Some call it prayer. Others just do it. For many, it's often like talking to a wall. People are looking for assurance that someone hears them when they cry out in their despair, loneliness, or frustration. The last thing they need is another book telling them how to pray or what to say, holding out religion like a good-luck charm. So instead of theorizing or preaching, Johann Christoph Arnold tells stories about real men and real women dealing with adversity. Their difficulties - which range from extreme to quite ordinary and universal - resonate with readers, offering a challenge, but also comfort and encouragement. People will see themselves in these glimpses of anguish, triumph, and peace.
Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5
I absolutely loved this book! I had purchased it a number of years ago-but it just recently "jumped off my bookshelf" into my grateful and needy hands! I was thirsty for this kind of real life writing about the challenges of keeping faith! It had so much depth. It dealt with the reality of complete despair and those life-saving rays of hope. I have been going through some unbelievably dark times-feeling somewhat "bipolar"—loss of will to live and then a feeling of grace comes over me—and I am still here "exhuberantly" counting my blessings, full of wonder at the miracles surrounding me....and then I "fall apart" at the newest "devastating" challenge. So this book came at a perfect time for me. I read it slowly over the course of about a month, and it really spoke to where my soul is right now. I know that it would be far more healthy if I could not sink so low—dangerously close to the "abyss", however it is not always easy to find my balance during these extremely challenging times! I have had "dark nights of the soul" in the past, and for me, this dark time seems never-ending, Your writings and the stories in the book, helped me shift perspective at times, and also make me not feel alone. Thank you! Now it is time to re-read it or wonder if there is a "Volume 2 !? And really, what I am seeking is that feeling of "continual communion with God." I appreciated your wise discussion of that!