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Spinning Crap Into Fertilizer: How American Christianity has forgotten the necessity of suffering

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When it comes to suffering, there are two kinds of people in this world…

Those who say, “Crap happens,” and those who cry out, “Why is this crap happening to me?”

“Turn that crap into fertilizer” was Sarahbeth Caplin’s father’s twist on the expression, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” That line became a running joke between the two of them during his final months
Paperback, 122 pages
Published October 2019 by CreateSpace
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Courtney Ellis
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Caplin's books I've read, but it won't be my last. She deftly weaves Scripture, personal experience, pop culture, tradition, and history together to come up with a theology of suffering that is honest, hopeful, and holy. I recommend this book to anyone looking to explore their own suffering or how to approach the suffering of others with love, grace, and a listening ear. ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Spinning Crap Into Fertilizer" was a breath of fresh air! Sarahbeth has a way of bringing a new perspective to light in regards to our view on suffering. She moves against the current of stale, rehearsed Christian responses and challenges the reader to look beyond the typically accepted responses to some of life's most painful experiences.
This book is a must read for anyone dealing with life's hardships themselves or for the person that wants to know how to provide comfort and support to othe
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The last couple of sentences in the Acknowledgements summed up this book for me:
"Finally, to all the Christians who said, 'That sucks' and offered to bring food, walk the dogs, and run the errands when shit hit the fan, and never tried to smooth over my pain with platitudes that belong on refrigerator magnets. Keep on doing the Lord’s work."
Shit hitting the fan is never fun - not even when one has faith to turn to. We need each other. Let's be there for each other when it sucks. This short, easy
Allison J. Kennedy
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one afternoon, nodding my way through the first half, and weeping my way through the second. This is not an easy topic to cover, yet Caplin does it with such grace. She tackles impossible questions and shares deeply personal stories of her own with an impressive dose of wisdom, and also wit. I will be recommending this book to anyone and everyone. Those of you who wrestle with God day in and day out in need of answers, and more importantly, in need of peace... this book is fo ...more
Taylor Smith
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Bessey is one of the few Christian authors who dare to speak (or, in this case, write) truthfully about suffering. She doesn't hesitate to acknowledge real issues -- and then advise people to "just stay positive" during the struggle. Sometimes, looking on the bright-side or finding a silver lining feels like bullsh*t -- and this book is a permission slip to recognize our pain or sorrow without being becoming hopeless. She is honest about how God can show up even in ...more
Jeremiah Stoneburner
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I feel far too may of us (Americans) fall into the trap that throughout our lives we don't want to experience crap in our lives. I love the theme of this book, as the title suggests, crap into fertilizer. We need to experience those low and difficult moments in our lives and work through those times and grow and mature. Often I've wanted to skip over the difficulties in life and mask them somehow. However God gives us these moments to help us grow. ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not Christian but I was still able to take away a lot from this book. I related to many of the things I read and even teared up at times. I'd recommend it to anyway, no matter your religion. ...more
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