• In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart

  • Hope for the Hurting
  • By: Ruth Graham
  • Narrated by: Ruth Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-19-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • 4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Ruth Graham, third daughter of Ruth and Billy Graham, has discovered through bitter personal experience that God does his great work in the ruins of our lives. As Ruth's life descended through divorce, depression, and shame; as she bore heartrending parental struggles; and as she faltered trying to make wise choices in the wake of bad ones, she discovered the unending embrace of a faithful, forgiving, and grace-filled God.

This book surpasses the testimony of her fascinating story as she brings sharp new insight from the Word of God. For all who fear their actions may be beyond forgiveness or their broken circumstances may keep them from being used by God ever again.

Through the words of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, Ruth reveals the God who makes wasted places come to life. The reader grasps the parable of the Prodigal Son as never before as Ruth discloses her own journey through that parable, first as the indignant older brother struggling to understand God's grace toward her husband's infidelity; then as the prodigal brother when her own actions bring deep shame and painful circumstances; and even in her role as the father, running to embrace her own children in the midst of bulimia, drug abuse, and unwed pregnancy.

Finally, Ruth includes practical steps in every chapter that anyone can take to offer care, support, and hope to the broken people they encounter in their lives and in the pews beside them every Sunday.

The broken and those who love them will run with Ruth to the arms of the God they can trust, the Father God who embraces, sustains, and redeems.

©2004 Ruth Graham (P)2004 The Zondervan Corporation

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"A heartening read." (Publishers Weekly)

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This book reminds me about the problems with abridged recordings. I found the book interesting, but uneven. Having not read the book, I don't know if that's because of the editing. I wish they'd offered it in an unabridged form.

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Everyone can associate with this

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes because never think you are untouchable

What did you like best about this story?

Her testimony and the fact that Ruth is reading the book herself

Have you listened to any of Ruth Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no not yet

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In every pew is a broken heart

Any additional comments?

This was a great great listen and a must for all human beings

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Neil
  • Courtenay, BC, Canada
  • 06-14-05

Could I have a copy of Marcos Bible?

Marcos wrote an earlier review chastising Ms. Graham for making a difficult moral decision concerning her daughter and grand-daughter. Marcos gives a low rating for the book, and suggests that we should "Read the Bible" instead.

I have spent a certain amount of time reading the Bible, alone and with others in community. We've agonized from time to time about difficult life situations, and turned to God's Word for answers. Sometimes we've found them -- sometimes we haven't.

Marcos must have a wonderfully indexed (or perhaps underlined) Bible that gives direct answers to good readers. Where does he find the Biblical answer to the question of adoption? Where does he find scriptural support for his belief (not God's) that the sins of the children should be visited upon the parents, and that Ruth Graham ought to have been "more sacrificial" which I understand to mean that Marcos thinks she should have taken on the burden of a family rather than encouraging adoption.

Arrogant. And not a helpful review. I'd like his opinion of the book, not on the role of women in 'sacrificing' their lives.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcos
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 11-18-04

Read the Bible instead

Positive points first:
Mrs Graham points to one of the most important problems in the christian community, i.e., the use of a mask to show that you are strong in your faith, while at the same time you are hurting inside. This helps to turn churches in what most are now, social clubs.
She also has some good points about God's love being the same for everybody, no matter who you are. And, of course, as with any book that quotes the Bible, you have biblical truth.

However, for any book to merit its publication, it has to bring to us an important, unique message that will make a difference in our lives. This is not the case. Mrs Graham's is a very common situation: she faces divorce, makes some mistakes, learns that God keeps loving her. That's all.

The worst part, actually, is that she presents a kind of christian mysticism that bases her actions a lot on feelings and " things that come to her head", like praise song lyrics. This is clear when she says she felt peace after forcing her daughter to give up her children for adoption. For anyone reading the book, it is clear that this was an enourmous opportunity for Mrs Graham to give up her self centerdness and serve someone as a Christian should, learning to focus sacrificially on her daughter and grand-daughter. This causes eventually her daughter to follow a life of crisis and anguish.

However, Mrs Graham says she " felt" God told her this was the right thing to do. The book is somewhat dangerous in the way that it makes the reader to focus on his feelings (which can be very deceiving) and not on the plain truth that is on the Gospel. Unfortunately, this is just one more of the books promoting christianity as "self help" and not help for the others.

Finally, the most ironic point in the book is that, even though Mrs Graham claims that it took her much effort to free herself from the burden of being Billy's daughter, the book obviously was only published because of this very fact !

6 of 11 people found this review helpful