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I Am Strong: Finding God’s Peace and Strength in Life’s Darkest Moments Paperback – December 29, 2015
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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. (m Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle and bestselling author of numerous books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire and Breakthrough Prayer)
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. (Dr. Darrell Bock, New York Times bestselling author, Humboldt Scholar, and senior research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary)
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. (Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries and author of The Worst Financial Mistakes in the Bible and How You Can Avoid Them)
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. (Larry Osborne, author of Thriving in Babylon and pastor of North Coast Church, California)
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. (Steve Poe, lead pastor of Northview Church, Carmel, Indiana)
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. (Terence F. Moore, president emeritus of Mid-Michigan Health System)
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. (Dan Rydberg, Care and Outreach pastor at Cornerstone Church, Prescott, Arizona)
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. (Jeff Leimgruber, hospital CEO and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives)
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. (Dr. Tim Kimmel, author of Grace Filled Marriage)
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. (Chip Ingram, teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, senior pastor of Venture Christian Church, and author of Finding God When You Need Him Most)
About the Author
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. John’s 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.
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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.
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.
Having been laid off from a job, losing a child, and losing my father all within a few months time this book has been a real encouragement and not a bunch of trite sayings written by a well meaning author.