I Am Strong: Finding God's Peace and Strength in Life's Darkest Moments
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Physical and emotional pain can sap hope and erode joy. Where is God in our darkest moments? Offering honest answers to difficult questions, Dickerson helps you realize that suffering isn't a punishment; understand God's plan to "repurpose" pain; overcome life's toughest challenges; and discover God's strength in our weaknesses. 176 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.30 (inches)
ISBN: 0310341914
ISBN-13: 9780310341918

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Publisher's Description

For many, the Christian life looks like this: You call out to God. Your problems get worse. You suffer and wait. Nothing changes. Author John S. Dickerson knows the feeling. A rare health condition drove him to examine the Bible’s claim that "when I am weak, then I am strong." As a journalist, Dickerson has seen severe human suffering. As a pastor, he has comforted others through unimaginable grief. He wrote I Am Strong to give understanding, hope and strength to the hurting.

In its chapters, I Am Strong equips you to:

-Unlock God’s strength for your difficulties.

-Understand how a loving God will resolve your pain.

-Know God’s plan to repurpose your pain, injustice and inadequacy.

-Understand why your suffering does not mean God is punishing you.

-Overcome life’s circumstances as Christ and Paul did.

-Discover the life-changing power of God’s strength in your weakness.

I Am Strong breathes hope and comfort. Much more, it offers daily practices and lifelong vision on which to build an unshakeable life of meaning and peace.    

Author Bio

John S. Dickerson is a bestselling author and prize-winning journalist. His work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among others. As a pastor, John has guided individuals and communities through grief and loss. He serves as Teaching Pastor in Residence at Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, where he lives with his wife and children. Learn more at JohnSDickerson.com.


Editorial Reviews

Have you ever felt confused about how a good God can allow the pain in your life? If so, I cannot encourage you enough to read I Am Strong. This message will anchor your soul and give flight to your faith. Most importantly, it will draw you closer to the God who wants to heal your hurts.
Pain and suffering often drive people away from God. John Dickerson’s I Am Strong takes a different path. In a counterintuitive way and with deep biblical roots, he shows how we can be strong when we allow pain and suffering to take us to God. The path he recommends does not lead to despair but to hope. In fact, Dickerson takes us to the only hope there is in the midst of the deep pain that life often delivers.
Followers of Jesus cannot escape pain any more than they can escape this fallen world. Seen in the context of the suffering Jesus and the many who have followed him, pain can bring a believer to full maturity and access to the power of Christ. In I Am Strong, John S. Dickerson uniquely combines a pastor’s theological training, a shepherd’s heart to comfort, and a journalist’s question asking and storytelling.
Living on this sin-encrusted planet greets us with regular doses of pain. We rarely need reminders of its nagging reality. But we do quickly lose sight of hope. This compelling, biblically based, practical book reminds each follower of Jesus of the precious hope that often eludes us when the thorns of pain and suffering dig deep. John S. Dickerson writes not from an ivory tower, void of pain, but is, like most who make life’s journey, one who is well-acquainted with its sharp edges. Take, read, and regain hope.
As a counselor, I see people who struggle daily with the effects and whys of suffering. In I Am Strong, John Dickerson methodically walks us through the steps of making sense of something that does not make sense and depositing our pain at the feet of Christ. It is a powerful book of truth and hope.
Pain is inevitable. And when it comes, it is crucial to have a road map that helps you navigate a way forward. In I Am Strong, John Dickerson delivers such a map. John doesn’t offer up a naive, cotton-candy view of the Christian life. From his own journey with a rare health condition and a solid biblical understanding, John provides real-life wisdom and hope for those who are hurting.
John Dickerson is a good man who gave up a promising career in journalism to serve his God. I am not a believer, as he is. I am, however, a believer in his ability to hold readers in his thrall, to tell simple, uplifting human stories, to share his eloquent hopes.
There is no place on this planet where hurting men and women cannot be found. The discouraging part is that most of them have no idea how to obtain freedom and healing from their painful wounds and circumstances. God never meant for us to live disappointing and defeated lives. John S. Dickerson’s journalistic research ability and gentle shepherd’s heart will take you on an extraordinary journey of healing in a miraculous way.
To write a book about hope and strength in the midst of suffering requires that one understands both sides of the equation. John S. Dickerson not only has experienced both sides, but with his heart and pen, he has mapped out a practical guide for the journey to light for all who travel down the dark road of pain and suffering. Read it when you need hope the most; share it with a friend in the midst of their trial; and use it in your small groups because everyone can benefit from this helpful and sensitive work.
Life has a way of falling apart just when we least expect it. In I Am Strong, John S. Dickerson reveals the hidden strength that God provides in our darkest moments and shows how to access it daily. If you’re walking through a valley or know someone who is, this is a must-read.
John Dickerson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. In his new book I Am Strong, John digs deep into what it really means to go through difficult times. He then reminds us that God can and will bring good from the struggles and tragedies we face. And while our circumstances may be painful at the moment, we need to remember it’s not the end of our story, but simply the beginning of a new chapter.
Pastor John Dickerson is one of the great writers of our time. His most recent book contains wisdom that has already benefited me, as it will those who read and reflect on its messages.
As a grief counselor and pastor, I minister daily to people who are sick, hurting, or discouraged. This book contains the life-changing hope I wish I could give to every hurting person who comes my way.
As a cancer survivor and hospital CEO, I am all too familiar with the questions, fears, and uncertainties of suffering. This book contains rock- solid hope, not only for patients, their families, and caregivers, but for anyone facing the challenges and questions that suffering brings.
John Dickerson knows how to speak to people’s pain. He was there in the small town of Prescott, Arizona, when word came that nineteen young firefighters had just died. He was there that evening when the whole state of Arizona cried themselves to sleep. He brought hope in the middle of a community’s pain, and his book I Am Strong will bring hope to you in your pain.
I Am Strong uniquely combines the insightful mind of a journalist with the compassionate heart of a pastor. The journey in these pages will feed your soul, renew your hope, and restore your life.

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  1. Bridgeman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a journey to hope and healing...
    December 31, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  2. ArizonaJon
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A true gift in one of our darkest hours
    December 29, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When 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.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Putting our suffering into an eternal perspective
    December 22, 2015
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    We 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.
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