What it means to experience life to the fullest in the middle of so much pain and suffering, hostility and division, stress and anxiety
Right in the middle of the chaos and division, heartache and anxiety, we are faced with the seemingly impossible words of Jesus—that He came to give us life to the fullest.
In his most poetic and thought-provoking work to date, Brandon Andress makes the surprising discovery that, even in the heartache, the hostility, the division, the violence, and the oppression, experiencing “life to the fullest,” a life of shalom, is not just possible, it can be our present reality. But in order to discover it, we must learn how to see and live differently—moment by moment—for the transformation of our lives, our families, our relationships, and our communities.
Foreword by Kurt Willems
"Yes, even in the wreckage, shalom-shaped beauty emerges. And it begins by learning to see differently and then by becoming a different kind of person in the world—one who reminds others that the primary disposition of God, revealed in Jesus, has always been goodness and love."
Beauty in the Wreckage is a profound and poetic book that explores:
Moving beyond the labels, hierarchies, stereotypes, antagonisms, and divisions within our culture and society
The possibility of experiencing life to the fullest once you have been through painful and traumatic life situations or suffering
How the experience of shalom leads to a deeper life of transformation and invites us to become who we were always meant to be
How a deeply-rooted and intimately-connected community, or family, nourishes and strengthens us to experience greater depths of shalom
How the experience of shalom not only transform us individually and relationally, but also begins to transform our communities and our world
"Andress guides sincere seekers through the trauma and into the sacred space of shalom to rediscover intimate love and union with God."Richard Rohr, Franciscan Author and Teacher
"Andress reminds us that there is healing, vibrancy, transformation, and even God, in the midst of our pain."Hillary McBride, Author, Therapist and Co-Host of The Liturgists and Other People's Problems
"Beauty in the Wreckage is part battle-cry, part roadmap, part manifesto for those of us whose souls cry out “This is not all there is, and we will fight for the side of Love."Cary Umhau, Creative Director of SPACIOUS and Author of Burning Down the Fireproof Hotel
"This is a book for real people, with real questions, and real emotions. Brandon doesn’t hold anything back, and that's why it's such a necessary book for those of us who know what it's like to wrestle with God in the dark, wondering if joy really does come with the morning sunrise."Keith Giles, Author of Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible
"We need a voice that calls us out of the myopathy of the institutional church and back to a new way of Being in and for the world. Brandon is that voice. The call is a return to seeking fullness of Life found in following the way of Jesus."Matt Polley, The Inglorious Pasterds
"Brandon has written a book that seeks to lead us back to the radical notion that living in the way of Jesus actually transforms us today. Let this book wash over you like a cool breeze on a hot summer day."Brad Polley, The Inglorious Pasterds
"Beauty in the Wreckage sends you on a journey that shifts your focus from frustration and bitterness to being present and finding deeper meaning, beauty, and shalom."Michael Baysinger, The Inglorious Pasterds
"Brandon walks with each reader on a journey toward healing and helps us see that even in the midst of our darkest days there is a different way to see things."Sarah Dismore, Outside the Walls Podcast
"The world feels more polarized and cranky than ever. May the message of this book permeate our hearts and relationships and transform the world around us."Steve Austin, Author of From Pastor to a Psych Ward and Catching Your Breath
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Brandon Andress is the author of two books, Unearthed and And Then the End Will Come!, as well as a contributor and producer of Outside the Walls podcast. Brandon lives in Columbus, Indiana and is married to his wife of twenty years, Jenny. Together they have three children—Anna, Caroline, and Will. Brandon is a graduate of Hanover College in Psychology and has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.Visit his blog