God Did Not Do This To Me: Finding Hope, Courage, and Faith to Face Our Toughest Challenge
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Title: God Did Not Do This To Me: Finding Hope, Courage, and Faith to Face Our Toughest Challenge
By: Lisa Stringer
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 1641234555
ISBN-13: 9781641234559
Stock No: WW234550

Publisher's Description

Lisa and Doug Stringer were ministering in Massachusetts in March 2015 when a lump in Doug’s throat started to bother him. "I don’t feel well," he told his wife. "The lump I felt in my throat a few days ago feels larger." When they were able to see a doctor, they were horrified to learn that Doug had Stage 4 large B-cell lymphoma that was 80 percent aggressive.
Doug spent the rest of the day sitting in his car, alone in prayer. Finally, he called Lisa to tell her that he was on his way home and he wanted a family meeting and communion. Emotionally exhausted and noses still running from crying, Lisa, her mom, and Ashley gathered in the family room as Doug told them about his time with God.
"God did not do this to me—and if He did not do this to me, then it doesn’t belong to me!" he told them emphatically. It was just what they need to hear.
God Did Not Do This to Me is Lisa’s story of the family’s trials and triumphs through a cancer diagnosis. Putting on the armor of God, Doug was determined to turn his battle with cancer into an intercession for the country, even joking that the chemotherapy treatments made him resemble a bald eagle.
By the end of the year, Doug’s cancer was in remission.
"We know that the Great Physician heard the numerous prayers of our friends and spiritual family from all over the world, and blessed us all with a testimony of His healing power," Lisa says. "We are forever changed through this experience. He has expanded my heart of compassion, taught me to pour out more grace, to be an even bigger giver, and to appreciate the little things all the more."

Author Bio

Lisa Stringer is the wife of Doug Stringer, the founder and president of Somebody Cares America/International, a network of organizations impacting their communities through unified grassroots efforts.
Lisa worked in the secular radio and music entertainment industry for seventeen years, becoming the first female program director of a top-40 station in a major market in the United States. Later, she became the vice president of programming and promotions of a radio group. Lisa has received numerous awards, including gold and platinum records for her contribution to the success of many highly recognizable recording artists and entertainers.
She homeschooled her daughter, Ashley, who is now enrolled in dual programs at a local community college and working on the release of her second EP.
Lisa travels with Doug as they minister to many around the globe, ranging from those of the persecuted church to those suffering in the aftermath of human tragedy, such as the Haitian earthquake, the tsunami in Japan, and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Lisa enjoys opportunities where she has been able to interpret for her husband as they minister throughout Central and South America. She and her husband are also regular guests on various television programs that air throughout the world.
Lisa has a heart for the less fortunate, widows, and orphans. She has served on various boards and has traveled to over thirty-four nations.
The Stringers live in the greater Houston area.

Editorial Reviews

Perspective changes not with words, but with life’s challenges encountered. What we take for granted can be stripped away with one doctor’s diagnosis. In her book, Lisa Stringer shares her own journey of realization, not as the patient, but as the wife of the one who experienced the diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer. I believe this will not only encourage family members but be a great tool for all who are navigating the roadblocks of life.

The chronicle of this journey moved me deeply because I have witnessed this priceless family minister through this personal trial with a tangible, authentic consistent witness in every place to every face, every time. The love and reality of God was shared with everyone in their path: medical personnel, patients, family, friends, associates, and strangers. Doug and Lisa’s deep desire for all to know the Lord personally and be saved shines through this testimony. Furthermore, they continued to contend for their nation and world even though in this health battle. Their eyes were stayed on the Lord to overcome. "So help me God" is a theme throughout this story as this family leaned upon the truth of Scripture—the living Word of God Himself—and kept their radar focused on the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a call to believers everywhere to fast and intercede for our fellow brothers and sisters in need. Whether a health crisis or another battle, this journey will lead you to seek the Lord for your own victory!I thank God for his kingdom increase through the healing of Doug and grace to his family—so that privilege of the irrevocable call of God flies on like the eagle.

The unexpected crisis in life comes to all of us without warning or time to prepare. That is why this book is a must read! It will encourage, give hope, and help to those who are currently trying to maneuver the hairpin curve of crisis and it will help those whose road is currently smooth and straight to now make large deposits of faith and trust in our God who will see all of us through the good, bad, and impossible moments of this life. Thank you for sharing what it means to walk by faith and not by sight!

I just finished reading God Did Not Do This to Me and felt it was well written. I enjoyed reading it and could see (and feel) the hand of God through your family battle and journey with cancer then remission. A good writer makes you feel as if you were there during the story line, and Lisa Stringer came through in that area. Your testimony will continue to be a great source of encouragement to many as you share your story of faith, commitment, and God’s grace with those in need.

Little did I know that day in July 2002 that God gifted me with an apostolic father of the faith, Pastor Doug Stringer. My personal life and ministry has been impacted on so many levels. Lisa Stringer is a woman of strength, humility, and courage, a woman whose life reflects her abandoned love and servant’s heart for her heavenly Father and her family. I am honored to call her friend! Thank you, Lisa, for writing this book, as the daughter of a father you lost to cancer, the daughter of a mother who lives life with you as a widow, and as a wife who walked the journey of battling cancer with her husband. Many daughters have done well, but you excel as a beautiful example, of a hero of the faith, for all women to learn from your life! This book exemplifies biblical proportion faith. You faced the Red Sea and crossed over on dry ground. You put Christ and others first as you and your family fought the good fight together on every level of life.... You gathered five smooth stones and, in the name of the Lord, the giant was slain! What a living testimony your family is of the love and power of God revealed through a life of obedience. This book will touch the lives of multitudes who have had to confront the pain of loss on any level of life and especially those who are on the journey of battling a diagnosis of infirmity.

How could a book about cancer be inspirational and faith-building? It’s because Lisa Stringer’s book focuses not on the power of cancer, but on the goodness of God and His faithful presence while we seem to be walking through "the valley of the shadow of death" (Psalm 23:4). Many people who receive a cancer diagnosis are overwhelmed by fear. Some immediately put their trust in medical science, as if God was no longer the Great Physician. Others reject medical options altogether, hoping for a divine miracle, but refusing to avail themselves of the help of doctors. Lisa Stringer’s book is an honest account of the how the Stringer family sought the Lord’s guidance each step of the way, ultimately experiencing profound victory amid gut-wrenching challenges. Whether you or a loved one is facing cancer or some other life-altering trial, you will be transformed by the hope and courage you find in these pages.

The world so much starves for the lack of the real, day-to-day stories of those who have encountered troubles, even life-threatening assaults, and have experienced the transformative power and relief of the gospel. Lisa Stringer shares just such a personal and family story in her new book, God Did Not Do This to Me. Her words of her personal and her family’s struggles as her husband was diagnosed with stage-four cancer are reminiscent of the Apostle Paul’s incredible and palpable words in his letter to the Philippians. Therein, he describes his many struggles and agonies as a "fellowship of [Christ’s] sufferings," which led to such a valuable result in his life that far surpassed any and everything else that he as a human being could ever experience—that being "knowing Christ Jesus [his] Lord!" Lisa Stringer’s story is just such a similar, transparent testimony. I heartily recommend everyone read and listen to her victorious battle!

Author/Artist Review

Author: Lisa Stringer
Located in: United States
Submitted: April 15, 2020

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a mother, a wife to an amazing kingdom warrior, and a caregiver to my elderly mom who lives with us. I have traveled to over 34 nations sharing God's love and have seen and heard amazing testimonies of His goodness throughout the world. I love serving others, especially orphans and widows.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Not a week would go by that someone didn't ask me to pray for a loved one or friend that had been diagnosed with cancer or was walking through challenging times. I was asked how we made, was there a change in diet and so much more. I felt a tug from God to share my story and was asked by many to keep sharing and encouraging others. I want this book to be a blessing to everyone that reads it. For some, they may receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, for others, encouragement, hope, faith, and ultimately a deeper trust in God no matter what they are walking through.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I want people to know that God is real and that in the midst of whatever they or a loved one is going through, God is with them.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I relived many emotions as I sat at the computer and typed away. God reminded me of His faithfulness, that I will never understand all things and that I don't have to. I recognized the goodness of God in a fresh way. I am inspired to tell the story of hope, prayer, intimacy with God, love, family, communion, and victory, no matter what the outcome is.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My husband, Doug Stringer. He is a deep well of wisdom and has authored many books. The bible is a book I read over and over and over.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  No matter what the circumstance is, never lose hope. There are tough moments in life, but with God, victory is yours.

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