Ruins: The Perfect Place to Build Indestructible Life, by Natalie Pagel is for sale in print and as an ebook on Amazon.
“Beautifully written, raw and real. I could not put it down. It has left me pondering- which is a good thing. I recommend this book without hesitation!”
“Simply put: a heart-wrenchingly beautiful story.”
The Peek Inside:
“All around us are illustrations of life coming from death. Narratives of resurrection, restoration, rebirth, and transformation are everywhere. Even the vast universe came from dark “nothing”. Should it be any surprise that this same mystery exists inside our souls? Should it be so unbelievable that something valuable and un-killable might be offered to us, and can only take root once we have been reduced to nothing; or at least, have taken a step out of the way?
Despite our avoiding or denying them, life comes with many invitations to take that step out of the way, and to let go of our self-centric understanding and our questing merely for things of temporary value. Shrouded typically in suffering, these invitations come as we finally acknowledge our shortfalls, loss, failure, and disappointment which magnify a need in us, and bring us to a position where we are compelled to choose: shall I build my life upon the things of this world, or might there be something else?
Ruins is a story about discovering the “something else” who chose me long before I chose Him—the Creator God—and long before I understood the depths of my need for Him. Best of all, I came to experience that God is good. This truth was made emphatically clear to me though I set out to prove Him as otherwise.
This book is a collection of letters and journal entries which narrate a road from scripted religious declarations, to an embedded knowledge of divine Truth. It starts at the point of my ruination, and ends at the inception of the new creation within me which is still taking shape.
As accurately as the mind can perceive and record reality, this is mine; though some names and dates have been disguised out of grace toward the ignorance that is in all of us.”