Walking When You’d Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall is a book about learning to trust God, even in the dark (Isaiah 50:10). It’s a story about finding the faith and courage to get up and walk on, even when falling seems to define your story. But the author has done much more than tell her story.
If you believe in God, even believe that he is powerful, but don’t really trust he loves you enough to help you in your stumbling toward faith — your falling forward, this book is for you, because believing in God and trusting God are two different things.
Part theology of the Big Story of God, part weaving of her story and 20 years of recovery from childhood abuse, each chapter ends with questions for reflection and a step toward the reader’s own growth. Perfect for the individual grappling with a life that seems stuck or the group working together on story and recovery, Walking When You’d Rather Fly will be like a cup of water on the journey.
If you’ve ever felt like everything in you wanted to fly — was created to fly — but your feet were stuck, stumbling, tethered, earthbound, this book is for you. If you’ve ever felt like you were doomed to fall while everyone around you seemed to fly through life with ease, this book is for you. If you believe in God, even believe that he is powerful, but don’t really trust he loves you enough to help you in your stumbling toward faith — your falling forward, this book is for you, because believing in God and trusting God are two different things. Amy believed, but she didn’t trust, and it made for a lot of falls.
Her first four decades were colored by childhood sexual abuse, aided by her own naïve belief that, if she had good intentions, others would too. While the enemy stole and destroyed, she never gave his strategies a single thought. Thankfully, that is not where the story ended. In her brokenness, she was challenged to look again at the whole story of God, and it changed everything. Amy began to live like she believed God was the only one who knew the way out of the minefield in which she found herself.
Almost 20 years later, she shares the journey of becoming still, listening, and learning to trust, even in the dark. From painful past, to hard won truth, to emerging redemption, she offers readers courage and hope and a call to persistence: pick yourself up and walk on into the plans of a Big God.
WRITTEN WITH GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL PROCESSING IN MIND: Following each chapter is a section with questions and an action item designed to take the reader more deeply into their own story. The reader is invited to pause for reflection — a chance to take their observations a step further, into the territory of their own heart. Useful for your small group or book study too.
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