Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life
: Where is God when the story of your life falls apart? "On the morning of December 31, 2000, I watched a white, cardboard coffin travel up a conveyor belt into the belly of a Boeing 757, along with...
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Where is God when the story of your life falls apart?
"On the morning of December 31, 2000, I watched a white, cardboard coffin travel up a conveyor belt into the belly of a Boeing 757, along with the other baggage. The body in that coffin had belonged to my son. But he had loaned it out once too often."
So begins the memoir of Jack Deere, born in a rural Texas town east of Forth Worth who rises from poverty and obscurity to become a professor, pastor, and bestselling author only to have his future unravel with the tragic loss of his son. A modern-day story of Job, Deere weaves glimpses of God's surprising and unexpected beauty throughout his experiences of suffering and loss. From the suicide of his father and son to the disintegration of his marriage and his wife's battle with alcoholism, Deere writes honestly about his own struggles with sin, selfishness, and pride as he walks through "tragedies no one should endure." Through suffering and pain we learn what it means to have friendship with God - as God makes sense of our broken stories, rewriting them into something beautiful.
In Even in Our Darkness, Deere helps readers see the beauty of God through his unconditional love for us as he brings harmony to our broken stories of darkness and destruction.
Jack Deere Th.D., (Dallas) is currently the senior pastor of Wellspring Church in North Richland Hills, Texas. In 1976, he was invited to join the faculty of Dallas Seminary teaching Hebrew and books of the Bible in Hebrew. During his tenure at Dallas Seminary, he started and pastored two churches. In 1986 after months of concentrated scriptural study, Jack reversed his position on the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. He became convinced that all of the gifts of the Spirit were meant to be used today, including healing and prophecy. God had never withdrawn these gifts, rather many in the church had withdrawn from the gifts.He has written best selling books Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Surprised by the Voice of God and The Gift of Prophecy, which have been translated into a number of languages He travels national and internationally doing conferences on many themes. He serves on the boards of a number of Christian ministries.
- :68 Chapters Total.the Book Begins In The Middle With The Story Of Jack’s Son Committing Suicide. It Then Goes To The Past And His Childhood In Texas Through His College Days With Young Life, Marriage, And Then To Seminary. It Continues With Him Leaving Seminary, Becoming A Pastor And Serving With John Wimber, Then Becoming A Successful Author And Speaker. At This Point, His Son’s Suicide Happens And The Remainder Of The Book Is The Fallout From That And His Wife’s Alcoholism And Their Disintegrating Marriage. The First Half Of The Book Gives Hints Of What Is To Come, And The Parallels With The Story Of Job Are Subtly There. Also, Some Of The Later Themes Of Seeing Beauty In The Barrenness Of Suffering And Seeing How God Brings Healing To Our Broken Stories Come To Fruition In The Second Half. The Book Is Well-written And The Two Halves Work In Tandem For A Powerful Message.