Admit it. You have insecurities, doubts and fears. You may never share them or let others in on them, but they are there. Buried deep inside. Often not confronted – which only makes them worse.
Life does this to us. It makes us anxious and afraid, then destroys us from the inside.
Three of the biggest myths about brokenness:
1) We have to have it all together to have a meaningful life.
2) We are the only ones who’ve experienced it.
3) There is no way out of our brokenness.
To tackle them briefly in turn, I suspect if you looked at most of the people who’ve succeeded in the world, the ones you think most have it together, and saw what was really going on, you’d see they were just as messed up as you.
Secondly, if you were to actually go around asking people whether they’d experienced the same doubts, fears and insecurities than you – and people had to be truthful – you’d find way more people than you expected would be able to say
And sometimes “Me too” is one of the most powerful phrases you can hear.
As for the third. Well I could write my own story here. But I have a friend, Sundi Jo Graham (pictured) who has been through her fair share of pain. She has experienced abuse, addiction, and grief in equal amounts. And yet she is still here. She’s survived.
She is living proof of resurrection. Living proof hope is real.
Sundi Jo is a courageous, strong woman who has overcome many battles in her life and has the scars to tell the tale.
And I’m privileged to count her as a friend.
She has recently written a book about her experiences, called simply ‘Dear Dad’. Written in journal/diary format most of the time, it outlines her journey as she battles her own inner demons, her doubts, fears and questions. She writes straight from the heart, no holds barred about her battles with herself, her past and her wrestling with God.
Sundi Jo never holds back. On every page you are hit in your deepest depths by the intensity of her struggles. You can almost feel the shockwaves of a wrestling match between Sundi and God, as tries to overcome her own insecurities and doubts, and find peace.
The book brings into sharp focus the realities of living in a broken world, trying to reconcile deep pain with faith in a loving God. It gives hope to us all by showing none of us are beyond redemption. And it displays how in the absence, the doubt, pain can bring, you still feel the touch of the divine.
‘Dear Dad’ is a book for all who’ve been broken, all who’ve had doubts, all who’ve felt pain.
In other words, a book for all of us. (tweet that here)
The book releases today, and if you get a copy in the next week you can also get over £35 (or over $60) worth of free gifts – which you can find out more about here.
Sundi Jo blogs regularly and and has written other books. She’s a woman of great integrity, and writes with the authority of someone who has been to the darkest depths and survived. She is living proof to me of resurrection. If you want a little taste of her story, watch the video below – it moved me almost to tears. You can find out more about her here
If you want a book to remind you that you’re not alone in your suffering, try out “Dear Dad”. I couldn’t recommend it more. It’s available here (or alternatively here if you live in the States) from today
Because, in truth, we’re all broken. So here’s Sundi Jo sharing a bit of her testimony:
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