There have been many books written by people who tell how God has miraculously healed them or brought them through some extreme physical difficulties. But in Polishing God’s Monuments: Pillars of Hope for Punishing Times, Jim Andrews describes his family’s incredible battle with a rare disease, yet the story ends without the total healing. That is exactly what makes this book so powerful.
Over 20 years ago, Andrews’ daughter Juli had been dragged by a spooked horse almost 400 feet over rocky ground, her head and upper body absorbing a tremendous pounding. From that point, she would be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Her husband Paul would also develop CFS. The physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional struggles that confront them and their families are related by Andrews.
But interspersed throughout the story are powerful and insightful teachings by Andrews relating to enduring difficult trials, having complete confidence in God’s will, dealing with doubt, and many other topics that his family have encountered. He also stresses the importance of remembering past victories – polishing God’s monuments – to gain strength for the present and future. Reading the staggering struggles and heart wrenching setbacks this family has come through and continues to face makes Andrews’ ability to write with such spiritual depth, compassion, and understanding even more amazing. His family’s testimony proves that truly God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Andrews, a pastor in Oregon, also shares letters that he wrote to his church over the twenty years, providing them with updates on the latest medical progress/failures and candid glimpses of the family’s perseverance. Polishing God’s Monuments is an inspiring book about a family’s love, God’s grace, and undying hope and faith. – Jeff Friend, Christian Book Previews.com
Polishing God’s Monuments is the true story of a young woman and her devoted husband who face it all (and then some) as a baffling, mind-boggling illness hijacks their youth and shatters their dreams. It blends straightforward theology with the account of this young couple’s afflictions. A sober reality in the life of faith is that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
God’s people are buffeted in two ways: sometimes we suffer for the faith and other times we suffer with faith. Either way, our faith remains a work in progress. In the midst of troubles, our emotions can vacillate between hope and despair, submission and rebellion. Our understanding can alternate between moments of comprehension and times of total confusion. This book confronts these issues head-on and offers believers biblical perspective, practical direction, and sustaining hope.