Sunday, November 14, 2010

Stronger: Book Review

About The Book:

You may be confused by the pain in your life, but God isn't.

President and CEO of Focus on the Family Jim Daly doesn't claim to know the "why's," and he doesn't ever promise that you will, either. But he's had his own share of harrowing experiences, and through the pain he's accepted a transformational truth: God uses struggles to strengthen your faith.

With warmth and candor, Daly relates narratives from his childhood and adult life, and from his international travels for Focus on the Family. He tells engaging real-life stories that, although seemingly tragic, demonstrate the constancy of God's grace in the midst of disillusionment. Without outlining a step-by-step program, he shares spiritual and practical Biblical principles that demonstrate how to draw on our only source of enduring, powerful strength.

Through Christ, our brokenness is redeemed. Through Christ, we become stronger.

In the end, STRONGER shows us that we can find strength in our weakness and that we can always continue to grow as Christians, in our families, and as people.

About The Author:

After pursuing careers in sales and international business, Jim Daly became a member of the Focus on the Family team in 1989. Since then he has risen through the company until becoming President and CEO in 2005. He lives with his wife of twenty six years, Jean, and their two sons, in Colorado Springs

My Review:

This book has come into my life at just the right time to really impact me. In the last two years, I have experienced many difficult life experiences and this book was a wonderful reminder that through it all God gives us all the strength we need. Even when we think we are at our weakest, we will be strong because of Him. With real-life examples and strong scriptural illustrations, you will be challenged and encouraged throughout reading Stronger. I know I was.

Here are a few quotes from the book that really resonated with me:

"Suffering leads to perseverance. Perseverance produces character. Character delivers hope - and not just any hope, but a hope that does not diappoint, a hope infused with God's love. Powerful hope. "(p. 187)

"God's plans for us are rarely understood ahead of the fact. So often, we are called on to trust and carry on. Anyone who has suffered and persevered knows what it means to wait for the Lord to act. It's not easy when everthing seems to be falling apart around us. Our hope is often the key to find the strength to keep going. This might be what the author of Lamentations had in mind when he wrote, "Yes this I call to mind and there I have hope...The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him" Lam. 3:21, 24 (p. 188)

"No matter what you face today, the Lord understands what you're going through. He may not remove the pain, but He knows how to use it for His good purposes. He is standing by to walk through it with you." (P. 229)

I highly recommend Stronger by Jim Daly and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Stronger by Jim Daly online through David C. Cook - it is also available through your local Christian bookseller

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not compensated in any other manner***

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