When Your World Ends: God's Creative Process for Rebuilding a Life, By Dawn Sanders
When Your World Ends
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: September 17, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: A0825
  • ISBN: 9781514008256

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How do you rebuild your life after it falls apart?

Catastrophic events often feel like the end of the world. When we feel like we have nothing left, we sometimes wish for our own end too. Yet God keeps waking us up every morning—a sign that God wants us to keep living when our world ends. We must find our way to the new life that awaits us on the other side of loss. But how?

Dawn Sanders has traveled this path before and lived to tell the tale—not once but twice. After a divorce and then the sudden death of her second husband, Dawn discovered a buried treasure in Genesis 1: God's process for creating new life out of chaos. In When Your World Ends, Dawn digs deep into the creation story and unearths a seven-step process by which God brings us out of the void and into new beginnings. With her unique perspective, authenticity, and courage, Dawn meets those who are starting over and guides us into renewed hope.

"When Your World Ends is a unique and refreshing perspective on moving beyond grief to a place of creative and productive health. This book uses the creation story to encourage the reader to enter the process of healing by utilizing the creative abilities that each person has been given by God. Whether or not you have been through a catastrophic life event, I highly recommend this book as a wonderful approach to navigating life's many changes."

Valorie C. Nordbye, president emeritus of Campus One80 Ministries

"In When Your World Ends, Dawn Sanders intertwines the ordinary and extraordinary, engaging readers in a journey toward restoration and transformation. Her personal experiences and exploration of biblical truths offer practical wisdom and a refreshing perspective on navigating the challenges of life."

Saundra Dalton-Smith, internal medicine physician, host of I Choose My Best Life, and author of Sacred Rest

"Dawn Sanders beautifully unpacks the transformative power of God's creative process. Her words illuminate the path to renewal and restoration, inspiring readers to embrace new beginnings with courage and faith."

Jeanette Salguero, co-lead pastor at The Gathering in Orlando, Florida, and executive vice president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition

"With grace and understanding, Dawn Sanders addresses the pain of life's unexpected turns. She masterfully guides readers through the process of rebuilding after loss. This book brilliantly combines biblical wisdom with practical steps to rebuild your life and is a must-have for anyone looking to rediscover joy and purpose in the aftermath of upheaval."

Alli Worthington, author, speaker, and entrepreneur

"Dawn Mann Sanders helps readers reinvigorate their appreciation and excitement for the God who creates. The Creator of the universe can rebuild lives devastated by pain and loss. When Your World Ends is a compelling narrative of hope and renewal drawn from the author's life and her engagement with the Christian Scriptures. Let Sanders encourage and motivate you on your own life's journey."

Dennis R. Edwards, seminary dean and vice president of church relations at North Park Theological Seminary

"In When Your World Ends, Dawn Sanders delivers an inspiring message of grace and gratitude, linking the creation story to our individual narratives. Her engaging style and practical insights offer readers a new perspective on biblical relevance."

Bobette Brown, transformational leader, speaker, coach, and author

"Dawn Sanders walks us through the chaos, confusion, and grief that accompany affliction, adversity, and tragedy. When Your World Ends is a beautiful road map out of the disorder of questioning to a place of rest and solid ground. By paralleling her own story with God's creation story, Dawn has given us a valuable and unique resource to hope and live again."

Joseph Shea, pastor of First Congregational Church of North Brookfield in North Brookfield, Massachusetts

"Dawn Sanders is truly an authentic voice as she shares her story in When Your World Ends. Her message is real, as she is a living witness telling her truth. It is raw in the sense she does not sugarcoat the message, and relevant to the times we live in, bringing a revival to every reader who is not ashamed to dig deep in their soul and Spirit. The Bible says we overcome 'by the word of [our] testimony.' Cling to every word as Dawn reveals 'God's creative process for rebuilding a life.'"

Gloria Miller Perrin, associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Maryland

"When Your World Ends is a much-needed resource in our day and time as so many believers find themselves grappling with finding peace, stability, and direction after experiencing grief and profound disappointment. Using the creation story in Genesis as a guide, mixed with her own personal accounts, author Dawn Sanders masterfully takes the reader on a practical journey toward healing and restoration. For those ensnared by the grip of despair, unable to transcend their moments of anguish, this book is a must-read as it offers genuine hope outlined in the Word of God."

John K. Jenkins Sr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Maryland


Foreword by Carol Kent

Part One: Starting Is the Hardest Part
1. It's About the Invitation
2. It's Just the Beginning
3. It's Part of the Process

Part Two: Learning to Let It Flow
4. First Stop, Limbo
5. Time to Come Out of the Shadow
6. A Steady Flow
7. Growing and Sowing

Part Three: Putting It All into Action
8. Let the Sunshine Out
9. Team Sports
10. Role Play

Part Four: Upcoming Events
11. Hovering 2.0
12. Again and Again

My Heartfelt Thanks


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Dawn Mann Sanders

Dawn Mann Sanders (MDiv, Bethel Seminary) is an associate minister at First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG), where she serves as the director of the sermon-based life groups ministry. Her passion is expository teaching and sharing the wonderful insights God has shown her in his Word. She does this through writing weekly discussion guides for the life groups as well as teaching several in-depth Bible studies. Dawn has written and taught extensively on overcoming adversity and creating a new life, both at FBCG and on her personal blog.