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Publication Date: 2015
I Am Strong by John Dickerson is the link between your weakness and Gods strength. Can we believe that? You call out to God. Your problems get worse. You suffer and wait for him. And you continue to just wait. Its what Paul called the thorn in the flesh that bothers us day and night.
But Paul learned a special secret about life, which you too can learn. He learned to let weakness be the inlet for Gods strength to rush into his life. "When I am weak"when I feel my thorn"then I am strong." And the truth transformed his life. It can transform yours, too.
In its chapters I Am Strong equips you to:
-Unlock Gods strength for your difficulties.
-Understand how a loving God will resolve the pain in your world.
-Know Gods plan for your own inadequacy and hurt.
-Overcome your circumstances as Christ and Paul did.
-Discover the life-changing power of Gods strength where you are weakest.
No matter how dark your night or how deep your pityour Heavenly Father wants to give you a front row seat as He works good in the midst of your difficulty.
John S. Dickerson is a prize-winning research journalist, a seminary-trained pastor, and a frequent commentator in national news outlets like USA Today. He aggregates cultural trends, sociology, and historical understanding to give Biblical insight into world events and Christian living today. Johns first book, The Great Evangelical Recession, has equipped tens of thousands to understand the future of the church in the United States. John serves as the Lead Pastor of Connection Pointe Christian Church in the Indianapolis metro area.
Bridgeman5 Stars Out Of 5a journey to hope and healing...December 31, 2015BridgemanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is not only a must read for everyone, but a book that can be given to a friend, family member, coworker, or classmate that might be in that season of their life asking questions, looking for answers, and looking for peace because of the hurt and suffering that they are enduring. Each chapter is filled with real life stories that encourage and Scripture that we can trust in.
The reader of this book will embark on a journey that will bring hope and healing as the subject of pain and suffering is explored and many of life's toughest questions are answered. John Dickerson does not shy away from the truths of the Bible, but presents them in a way that seems to be a perfect blend of truth and grace.
This will definitely be the book that I recommend to others when that age old question of "Why does God allow suffering?" is asked.
ArizonaJon5 Stars Out Of 5A true gift in one of our darkest hoursDecember 29, 2015ArizonaJonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When my seemingly healthy, athletic and active 33 year old wife received a diagnosis out of the blue that would completely alter our life course, we didn't want to hear "God is in control", "He has a plan" or other trite statements. We also didn't want to hear that God would heal her if only her faith was strong enough. What we did want to do was trust that God's Word is still true today and learn how it applies in this difficult situation.
Dickerson has the rare gift of teaching truths from the Bible with love while not glossing over the difficult parts or watering it down. The Church is hurting and looking for answers. Of course they are found in the Bible but some of us need help in properly interpreting and understanding it. "I Am Strong" is a wonderful tool for that purpose.
This book was a true gift to us during one of our darkest hours. As a doctor, I am used to discussing life shattering diagnoses. However, nothing prepared me for the day my wife became the patient and I was the one to tell her we have a problem. Are there days where I still get frustrated and wonder "Why her?" Yep. Are there many more days where I get a glimpse at God's bigger plan for our lives....because "I Am Strong" helped me understand the appropriate Bible passages and how they relate? Absolutely.
After reading, I asked my wife for a line item in our budget to purchase copies of this book to give to friends, family, patients and others I come across who I feel can benefit. My hope is they will then pass along those copies to others. Please join me in that chain.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Putting our suffering into an eternal perspectiveDecember 22, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We need encouragement and hope when we are hurting. Dickerson reminds us that the only hope that is real and meaningful is from God. God's strength best invades our lives through our weaknesses and pain.
We have all kinds of questions when we suffer. Why am I suffering? Why haven't I been healed? Is God mad at me? Dickerson answers these kinds of questions as he helps us put suffering into an eternal perspective.
Dickerson writes from his own experience. He has hemiplegic migraines. They have debilitating stroke like symptoms. A few times a year he looses his ability to form words and to even think. It's his thorn in the flesh.
He shares how he is daily discovering the comfort of God's presence. He is convinced God is repurposing our temporary pains for our eternal good. We must push ourselves to trust God. There is an inner rest and strength that comes from that relationship with God. The secret of finding joy, peace, and contentment has nothing to do with your circumstances and everything to do with Christ's strength.
Dickerson has done an excellent job of helping us understand why there is suffering in the world. He shows that we can have peace and contentment that rise above our circumstances. He has great illustrations, stories of people and from the Bible, to support his teaching.
The message came through clearly that peace and contentment in our circumstances is not something instant. It requires our spiritual growth and is a skill we must learn. Here is how Dickerson describes ultimate spiritual adulthood: When we really trust God the Father so much more than we trust ourselves. When we really want His desires more than our desires.
This is the most honest and realistic book I have read on suffering in a long time. He doesn't promise relief from suffering. He still suffers. But he has learned that God wants to give power and strength through that suffering. That's the truth he has for us too.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is hurting. You'll read of people who have risen above their pain through Christ's strength. You'll begin to understand what God is doing in your pain and what it means to surrender to His plan. You'll be encouraged by the example of Jesus and His suffering.
It would be a good book to give to someone who is hurting. Perhaps you don't know what to say or how to encourage. This book would be a great help.
Food for thought:
Your greatest contribution in life may result from your greatest pain or weakness, surrendered.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.