Book – Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty – Tanya Marlow

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Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty:
Whispers of Restoration From the Book of Ruth
E-book 2015

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Who is this book for?

  • If you’re feeling empty, dreaming about the life you wish you had.
  • If you’re feeling disappointed with God
  • If you’re looking for some sort of path back to faith

Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty is for you.

In a nutshell?

  • It is a compelling, uplifting, and quick read for anyone who wants to reconnect with God.

Who wrote it?

  • Tanya Marlow has experienced spiritual disappointment – though chronic illness, when she gave birth and lost the ability to walk more than twenty metres.
  • She is a former lecturer in Biblical Theology and someone who has personally wrestled with doubt and suffering.

What’s it about?

  • The Biblical book of Ruth is a story of disappointment followed by restoration; wandering and then homecoming.
  • Tanya Marlow gently interweaves her own story with Ruth’s story, getting under the skin of the characters, and bringing the biblical book to life.

What’s unique about it?

  • It is a short read for busy people – quick enough to be read in a single sitting.
  • Each chapter follows the structure of the Bible’s book of Ruth
  • There are creative exercises and questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, making it ideal for personal study or group discussion.


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Praise for Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty:

“Tanya Marlow’s wonderful reflections on the book of Ruth are rooted in life experiences. She shows how the story of Ruth still lives and resonates. ”
– Dr Jenni Williams, Tutor of Old Testament, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford

“Marlow shows how God remains faithful today by sharing her own stories of loss, suffering, and faith alongside the narrative of Ruth.”
– Ed Cyzewski, author of Coffeehouse Theology and A Christian Survival Guide

“Intensely honest yet wonderfully gentle… I recommend this little book to anyone who has ever doubted God, anyone who has been angry with him, anyone mired in exhaustion and despair – in short, anyone who is a Christian.”

– Dr Ros Clarke, author, and Online Pastor for Diocese of Lichfield

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