Millennial Orphan: Trust Your Struggle. God Is Stronger.  -     By: Levi Gideon Shepherd
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Millennial Orphan: Trust Your Struggle. God Is Stronger.

Broadstreet Publishing Group / 2016 / Paperback

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In Millenial Orphan, Levi Gideon Shepherd tells his gritty story of growing up without a father, losing his mother, and suffering a life-threatening illness, all by age seventeen. Homeless and wandering, Levi longed for a place to belong. He found the acceptance he thought he wanted in a street gang, which started Levi down a road that would lead to either prison or death. Then God came into his life and changed his course forever.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Broadstreet Publishing Group
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1424551927
ISBN-13: 9781424551927

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Publisher's Description

Nothing ever came easy for Levi Shepherd. By age seventeen, he had suffered a life-threatening illness, an absent father, the loss of his mother, and staggering betrayals from those he trusted that left him homeless and wandering. Levi longed for something or someone to call his own.

Desperate for love, he found acceptance in a street gang. There he rose through the ranks to the number two spot: defending the leader.

Levi was hurtling down a road that could only lead to prison or death.

Enter God.

Even when Levi chose all the wrong roads, he caught glimpses of God and learned he was not alone. Levi tells his riveting story in a gritty, no-holds-barred style that will have you wondering how he ever survived at all, and leave you with the truth that he learned along the way:

Trust your struggle, God is stronger.

Author Bio

LEVI GIDEON SHEPHERD is a man with a lifetime's worth of struggles in just thirty years. It might be fitting to describe Levi as an old weathered soul, who still holds tight to the hopes and dreams he carried as a child—and he’ll fight for them. Levi lives in Minnesota, where he continues to study and write. He also educates people in self–defense, both in Krav Maga and defensive firearm tactics. Levi is still passionately blunt about all things God and politics—often preferring slang, plain white tee–shirts, and unapologetic free speech over societal norms and political correctness.

Editorial Reviews

"Millennial Orphan is a shocking story of a young man’s life from disaster to redemption. ’How can this be?’ readers will ask after every overwhelming incident. ’Can these kinds of things actually happen to a child in our country?’ Yes, they can. Thankfully, Jesus passionately seeks and completely saves the lost and Levi is a dynamic example that any life can be turned around through the intervention of the living God. That is the real story. No one continues to be an orphan when God’s love enters the pilgrimage. What an encouragement this book is!"
—Tom Phillips, Vice President, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association


"From the moment I picked up this book, I was completely mesmerized by Millennial Orphan. I figured I would read a chapter or two that first night, but instead I was up until dawn, often with tears in my eyes, unable to put it down. This story is powerful, it is relevant, and speaks to the deep pain felt by so many in this generation, but even louder it proclaims the love of a God that redeems all."
—Joshua Charles, www.thesacredhonor.com; coauthor of the #1 New York Times best seller The Original Argument with Glenn Bec


"Compelling. Raw. Honest. Empowering. Every couple of decades a book is published that speaks directly to the heart of a generation. Millennial Orphan will do for this generation what The Cross and the Switchblade did for a generation when it first appeared in the early 1960s. Levi’s life story will shock you. From abuse to illness, from abandonment to gang violence, you’ll find yourself saying, ’How can one person have experienced so much pain in the first twenty years of his life?’ And then you’ll find the answer—you, like Levi, can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. If you are looking for easy answers, this book is not for you. But if you are looking for real answers, hard-fought struggles with suffering and pain, hope that carries you through difficult times, then read this book. This book was written for you."
—Pastor Tom Stephen, author of Fearless: 40 Reflections on Fear


"An amazing story of perseverance, but also of being willing to listen when the truly important questions are spoken. Coworkers, friends, and even pastors fail us. But God doesn’t. Levi tells that story."
—Rich Bullock, editor; author of the Perilous Safety series


I have heard and read a lot of sad stories filled with pain and darkness. Stories that leave you emotionally doubled over. Millennial Orphan is different. It takes you on a journey. A journey that is sadly more common today for children than we’d like to admit. As Levi masterfully weaves his life story, he does so with tiny threads of hope and love. Those small but significant threads eventually allowed him to build a life that few believed he could fashion. Against all odds, evaluations, and poor prognosis, Levi did something unexpected … he lived. And better yet, he conquered!"
—Glenn Garvin, director of National Camps Royal Family Kids


"When I was asked to read and possibly endorse this book, I really didn’t have the time to do so. However, once I began the book, I was instantly captured by the unfolding story. I became unable to hurry my way through. Levi Shepherd could have been and should have been no more than a statistic in many ways. However, he now stands a victorious warrior who is very clear on God’s redemptive work in his life. The word ’miraculous’ is often overused. However, not in this case. Levi’s story is nothing short of a string of miracles woven through human tragedy. With every right to be bitter, callous, disillusioned, and angry, Levi emerges as a strong, God-praising victor. This book has instantly made it on my ’pass out to friends list.’"
—Alan Smyth, regional director of Greater Los Angeles Young Life (www.younglife.org), author of Prized Possession; www.myfatherdaughter.com


"Even at a young age, Levi discovered that ’life was dangerous territory.’ Pain, abandonment, illness, betrayal, and disappointment left holes in his soul. But amidst the darkness, he discovered light, healing, companionship, hope, and faith. Against all odds, he conquered. Not through a formula or pious behavior, but by listening, waiting, submitting, and yielding. Levi’s journey isn’t a simple quest; it’s more of a perplexing detour; with long periods of feeling lost. It’s messy—like real life."
—Timothy Smith, family coach and author of The Danger of Raising Nice Kids; www.ParentsCoach.org


"If you want to read a book that exemplifies the redemptive power of Christ when it seems like all the odds are stacked against you, this is your book. It is unbelievable what Levi fought through by the grace of God to even be alive today to write his testimony. Millennial Orphan is the ultimate comeback story."
—Craig Johnson, author of Lead Vertically, director of ministry, Lakewood Church

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