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When the Bottom Drops Out

Finding Grace in the Depths of Disappointment

Author Robert Bugh
Narrator Tom Parks
Runtime 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date September 27, 2011
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Nobody is immune to disappointment. Unfortunately, at some point all of us will face that horrific moment when the bottom completely drops out of out of our life, leaving us broken, devastated, and desperately searching for God's grace. Pastor and theologian Robert Bugh has experienced unthinkable pain and disappointment firsthand, having lost both his wife and his best friend to cancer within a year and a half of each other. Though devastating, Bugh's tragedy also brought him into a stronger, deeper relationship with God. When the Bottom Drops Out chronicles Rob's journey from loss to restoration and shows readers how to find and hold tightly to Christ through even the most painful episodes of life. Bugh's story is proof positive that while pain and disappointment are an unavoidable part of life, God is nonetheless faithful, holding us close at all times and in all circumstances.

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Nobody is immune to disappointment. Unfortunately, at some point all of us will face that horrific moment when the bottom completely drops out of out of our life, leaving us broken, devastated, and desperately searching for God's grace. Pastor and theologian Robert Bugh has experienced unthinkable pain and disappointment firsthand, having lost both his wife and his best friend to cancer within a year and a half of each other. Though devastating, Bugh's tragedy also brought him into a stronger, deeper relationship with God. When the Bottom Drops Out chronicles Rob's journey from loss to restoration and shows readers how to find and hold tightly to Christ through even the most painful episodes of life. Bugh's story is proof positive that while pain and disappointment are an unavoidable part of life, God is nonetheless faithful, holding us close at all times and in all circumstances.

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When the Bottom Drops Out
I had high hopes for Robert Bugh's When the Bottom Drops Out, which explores the challenges to life and spirituality when we face the deepest pains. Bugh's personal experiences definitely lend credibility to his encouragement to find faith in the darkest of circumstances. Unfortunately, the book can be frequently disjointed, moving between anecdotes, theologizing, and references stories of pain in the Bible.

Bugh's books shone brightly when he validated the emotional pain involved when the bottom of life drops out. However, just when the recognition of the reality of the situation was becoming strong, Bugh would switch to abstract theologizing. This would turn the book into more of a cognitive intervention to an emotional problem that served more to invalidate than help encourage.

The book was not bad, it just seemed like Bugh was trying too hard to provide a profound theology and reflection on the pain of life.

This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com).

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review by / (Posted on 12/10/2011)
Solid guidance on dealing with grief
In When The Bottom Drops Out, Robert Bugh teaches Christians how to think about and work through grief and serious disappointments.

One of the things that makes this book work so well is that it isn’t just theoretical knowledge about the topic but that what he teaches has been learned from his experience of his best friend and his wife dying. His reflections on these events are really moving. It also serves to demonstrate well why having good theology matters in practice.

What he shares of his personal story is complimented by extensive teaching from the bible about suffering. He shows how God is good and at work in the severe suffering of a number of biblical characters. He also addresses some misconceptions Christians have about suffering. I was particularly glad to read his arguments from the bible against prosperity gospel approaches to dealing with suffering as these are popular but can do immense harm.

Even if you are not suffering right now I think this is still a valuable book to read. It will help you have a good framework for when bad things happen in the future. It will also probably be helpful in learning how to be sensitive to those who suffer. He provides some hints based on what was helpful and unhelpful in his own experience.

The only critique I would make is that some of the retelling of the author’s story were a bit longer than they probably need to be, particularly towards the start of the book.

Overall, I thought it was a helpful and well written book that many will find quite helpful.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/7/2011)
Good narration
Bugh enters with a simple statement: everyone experiences disappointment. These may be different types, from red lights to the Cubs not winning. And then there are the major life events. Bugh, a pastor and theologian, discusses the importance of a theology on handling disappointment. How do we calculate G-d in death of a loved one, or major disasters? Bugh shares from personal experience, of losing his best friend, and his wife shortly thereafter (in addition to enhanced church stress).

Parks gives Bugh's text an authentic voice, permitting listeners to feel as though the author has come to speak at a Sunday church sermon. Read slightly mechanically, Parks' ability to give a natural pace outweighs the robotic reflective pauses.

The Score:
+3 for important discussion
+2 for smooth narration
-1 for quick loss of interest
= +4.

This book is honest and packed with helpful information for those who suffer from disappointment. Not the minor stuff, per se, but the larger than life events.
Divorce?
Death?
Catastrophe?
Depression?
This book is for you...

This review published as part of the CA Reviewers program. Read this review, and others, at scriptedgenius.com
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Review by / (Posted on 11/1/2011)
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