Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life
A Memoir of a Soul that Longs for Beauty. A young, accomplished professor and a bestselling author, Jack Deere quickly rose to fame, speaking the world over about the ideal Christian life. But as the story of his...
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A Memoir of a Soul that Longs for Beauty.
A young, accomplished professor and a bestselling author, Jack Deere quickly rose to fame, speaking the world over about the ideal Christian life.
But as the story of his life unfolded, it did not lead where Jack expected.
Even in Our Darkness traces Jack's story of growing up in the racially-divided south with his two brothers and young mother - who would turn to alcohol and bad relationships to deal with his father's suicide. After years of "success", Jack would lose his own son to suicide and his wife to addiction.
Eventually, Jack would come face to face with his own demons - an addiction to success, pride, and his need to control others. Only then would he surrender control and begin to listen.
Prepare yourself for an unvarnished look at the Christian life, told now for the first time. And discover how to deal with disappointment and find beauty, even in our darkness.
"It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while a gripping book comes along that is profoundly unmasked, unsettling, and unforgettable. I couldn't put this down: This is one devastating, thought-provoking and needful read that will change the landscape of your soul."
- Ann Voskamp
New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts
"We all have our times of darkness, where our circumstances are difficult, with no idea of where God's presence is. It is one of the most painful human experiences possible. Jack Deere speaks on a vulnerable, raw and honest level about his own narrative, and the darknesses he has encountered, both around him, and within his own soul. He ultimately points the reader to the God who is always there, and Who always sustains."
- Dr. John Townsend
New York Times bestselling author
"Written beautifully and harrowingly - and so grippingly that you won't want to stop reading - this story is everyone's story."
- Eric Metaxas
#1 New York Times Bestselling author of Miracles, If You Can Keep It, and Martin Luther
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.