Wrestling With Angels: Adventures in Faith and Doubt
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Life is messy. But life is also beautiful. These are the twin themes that author/artist Carolyn Arends (writer of ten Top 10 Christian songs) opens up her searching exploration of how God meets people in the ordinary moments of life. This humorous, tender, and passionate collection of personal stories illustrates the mysterious ways that God works to bring people through life’s struggles and reveal the amazing power of grace.  Fans of Don Miller and Anne Lamott will discover a kindred spirit in Carolyn and her transparent and gutsy meditations on life’s unanswered questions.
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Carolyn Arends, author, songwriter, recording artist, sheds light on the role Jesus Christ has played in her life. She shares her poetry and bits of her life with readers. I have long enjoyed Old Testament stories. Ms. Arends retells the story of Jacob in a beautiful yet simple manner. She emphasizes the struggle with an angel.

Jacob refuses to let go of the angel until he is blessed. The definition of a blessing is "love and acceptance". "Jacob gets his blessing but only through defeat." We will be blessed when we surrender to the will of God.


Carolyn Arends, author, songwriter, recording artist, sheds light on the role Jesus Christ has played in her life. She shares her poetry and bits of her life with readers. I have long enjoyed Old Testament stories. Ms. Arends retells the story of Jacob in a beautiful yet simple manner. She emphasizes the struggle with an angel.

Jacob refuses to let go of the angel until he is blessed. The definition of a blessing is "love and acceptance". "Jacob gets his blessing but only through defeat." We will be blessed when we surrender to the will of God.


“Carolyn is a terrific writer…ruggedly tender and understanding. If you’re looking for a self-help book, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a friend to take a journey with…this book makes pleasant company.”


“The kind of person who can write spendid, honest, moving, thoughtful, inspiring songs isn’t always the kind of person who can write books of the same nature. But Carolyn Arends can do both. This book is a masterpiece album of chapters that will make your heart sing. It will do your heart good by stimulating your mind, your imagination, and your faith.”


“Anyone who has tired of hearing famous Christians discuss their faith with trite platitudes will appreciate Arends’ refreshing book…Arends addresses the eternal nature of the soul and affirms the powerful grace of God.”


“This is a terrific read…gut-wrenchingly honest and vulnerable. She shares her highest highs and her lowest lows, including her doubts—doubts we all share about God, His mysterious ways, even those times He seems absent. The lure of Arends’ book is that it doesn’t neatly resolve life’s tough issues with pat answers, but despite—and even because of—these unresolved mysteries, her faith grows that much stronger. As a result, so did mine—as will anyone’s who reads this book.”


“Carolyn observes keenly, reflects deeply, and renders it all poetically. She can startle with her honesty. We’re used to all that in her music, in her capacity as songwriter. These pages are a reminder that God is often nearest when he seems furthest, most bent on our remaking when we think he’s bent on our undoing—and that sometimes these are one and the same thing.”