Nothing Is Wasted

A True Story of Hope, Forgiveness, and Finding Purpose in Pain

Foreword by Levi Lusko

A heart-wrenching yet inspiring story of a man wrestling with loss, grief, and forgiveness after the murder of his wife, and how he discovered that God always has a bigger purpose in our pain.

On November 11, 2011, Davey and Amanda Blackburn loaded up a moving truck and drove from Greenville, South Carolina to Indianapolis, Indiana to start Resonate Church, a place they hoped would bring new life to a city and reach people who didn’t know God.

Almost four years later on November 10, 2015, the unspeakable happened: Davey came home from the gym to find that his wife, who was pregnant, had been shot three times during a burglary gone wrong in their home. Thankfully, their fifteen-month-old son was left unharmed in his bedroom upstairs. Amanda passed away twenty-four hours later.

The story hit headlines across the country, and the months following Amanda’s death brought Davey to the lowest level in his life. Nothing Is Wasted is the deeply moving story of Davey’s journey of despair and hardship, hope and healing, and how he discovered firsthand that God has a bigger purpose in our pain. It is through this tragedy and Davey’s brokenness, forgiveness, and willingness to share his story that God’s presence and healing power allows triumph, victory, and restoration to have the last word.

Davey Blackburn is the founding and lead pastor of Resonate Church, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He and his late-wife, Amanda, moved there in 2011 after serving on staff at NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, under Pastor Perry Noble. He is passionate about seeing people meet Jesus and helping them discover their God-given purpose in life. He has one son, Weston. Nothing Is Wasted is his first book.

"An incredible and emotional journey of overcoming. The tragedy Davey faced was unthinkable. His strength in the face of heartbreak and his unyielding faith in God will inspire and give hope to so many." —Roma Downey, Author of Box of Butterflies

“We serve a God who never wastes anything—because everyone and everything is valuable in His eyes. Davey Blackburn is a walking, talking illustration of how God can bring light out of incredible darkness. You may not understand everything you’re going through right now, but the message behind Nothing Is Wasted will challenge you to keep putting one foot infront of the other.” —Dave Ramsey, bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

“Heartbreaking, yet faith-building...If you are hurting from a betrayal, grieving a loss, or struggling to overcome a deep wound, Davey’s book Nothing Is Wasted is for you.” —Craig Groeschel, pastor of Life.Church and author of Divine Direction

“If you’ve ever wondered what your Father’s plan is for your pain, Nothing Is Wasted will help you anchor in His promises and trust His purposes.” —Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, founder of Passion Conferences, and author of The Comeback

“God is in the business of taking what the enemy intends for evil and using it for His purpose and for our destiny. I am grateful for stories like Davey’s that remind us of that truth and fill us with hope no matter what unexpected challenges we face.” —Christine Caine, cofounder of A21 and Propel Women

“Every single one of us at some point will come face-to-face with circumstances we perceive to be ‘impossible.’....As you read the pages that follow, you will not only be encouraged but also equipped to walk through your ‘impossible’ circumstances, knowing with confidence that Jesus will see you through.” —Perry Noble, author of Unleash and Overwhelmed