Discovering God's Abundance When All Seems Lost
by Karen Beattie
"Anyone who searches for meaning in times of disappointment and loss - especially those whose lives have been touched by infertility and adoption - will love this book. It's a terrific read."
—Jennifer Grant, author of MOMumental and Love You More
In Rock-Bottom Blessings, Karen Beattie makes the case that true abundance is found in the transformation that happens when we experience God's presence during periods of grief, loss, and disappointment.
"I've started seeing abundance in the minutia of life, like sitting with my daughter on the deck eating popsicles in the summer, or seeing the full moon shining across Lake Michigan. My view of abundance has both expanded, and become more focused."
"Whatever your own journey, Karen's beautiful storytelling and wise insights will open your eyes to whatever it is God might be up to in your story." Read what Margot Starbuck and others have to say about Beattie's new book.
Could I ever feel the fullness of God's love when I felt this huge hole and emptiness inside of me? In my quest to find abundance, I could not reconcile these two things.
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It seems ironic that a free spirit like me -- who doesn't like hierarchy, routine, and structure -- ended up in the Catholic tradition.
"Don't be bitter," Beattie admonishes herself at one point, which is good advice for all of us. She struggles to understand how God can love her and still deny her the gift of children.
More broadly, the book points to the search for God in the midst of hardship, and the emergence of faith not as a kind of triumphal discovery of truth as much as a wearing-down of resistance, smoothing us like sea glass.
If God is truly omnipresent, that is, present everywhere and in all things, then - Hallelujah - we are always home.
Ellen Painter Dollar
As Beattie explores and eventually converts to Catholicism, she finds comfort in the paschal mystery - the invitation to join Christ in his suffering on the cross, rather than simply seeing the cross as something that God did for us while we stand on the sidelines.
Reading about Beattie's mom's death and her reflections on parenthood ripped me open at a level I haven't felt in a while. It was uncomfortable, but it was also cleansing somehow.