Wednesday, October 05, 2011

When the Bottom Drops Out by Robert Bugh Book Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review, "When the Bottom Drops Out: Finding Grace in the Depths of Disappointment" by Robert Bugh courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers.  Here is a description of the book via

"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."

 My Review/Thoughts

I thought the book was a powerful account of Rob's grief which stemmed from cancer diagnosis and death's of Rob's friend Tom and his wife Carol.  I thought there would have been more self-help encouragement for others in the book, but it was mostly an account of Rob's experience with dealing with grief when life throws it your way.  Although I completely and fully sympathize with him, I wish there would have been more references to the Bible and tools for others who are experiencing similar grief to help and encourage them in their walk.

I give this book 3 stars. It is well written, but I feel like there was so much more potential to reach others through it.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you so much!