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Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    An authentic look at life's struggles

    I've been a Focus on the Family listener since I was a little girl. Jim Daly has done a terrific job taking over the reins from Dr. Dobson, a role that had to have been intimidating to fill. Daly has revealed a bit of his life and the difficulties he had growing up through the broadcasts which made me want to read this book because I knew he could speak to the subject with authenticity.

    I've had my share of difficult times recently. Because of that, I found this book to be particularly good at walking that narrow line between hard reality and encouragement. Through sharing stories and drawing on his own wisdom, Daly expanded my view on why God allows challenges in our lives for our own good.

    This is not a book you can skim through lightly. It's not a book full of fluff and feel good, cotton candy sayings. This is a book that looks at faith colliding with real life, about how you pick up the pieces and go on after that collision. And how you are made stronger if you so choose.

    It's a characteristic of the human condition that we need challenges to grow stronger. Much as we need to lift ever-increasing weight to build our muscles, we need challenges to our character to grow it. Yet growth isn't a given just because there is a challenge. We have to choose it. Daly says we can choose to respond by becoming bitter, beaten, or broken. It's when we choose broken that we allow God to take those broken pieces to create something stronger.

    Pick up the book. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    "Stronger" by Jim Daly

    In Jim Daly's book, Stronger, he starts out in China, with a Chinese missionary couple telling him they will pray for us as he is leaving them. Jim felt compelled to asked them how they pray for us. With smiles and apprehension, the man replies, ".for the church in America to get more persecutions, as we see you as rather weak." I don't necessarily think we should pray for persecution, as Jesus already promised we'd have trials and temptations, but we are to take courage, as He has overcome the world. (See John 16:33) I would like to think they meant 'whatever it takes' to have us trust more deeply in the Lord.

    That original prayer, however, evolved into this book, Stronger, by Jim Daly. And what a book! His book is written in three parts. The first is about being weak, troubles, and our choices in the circumstances. Part two covers surrender, God's invitation, acceptance and trust, and authentic joy. Part three involves perseverance, character, hope, and a vision of strength. ",..for when I am week, them am I strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10

    Jim doesn't go into whether we should pray that original prayer or not. What he does do, is give us real-life stories of people we can relate to, who suffer tragedy, death, sickness, and loss, and how God uses our problems to draw us closer to the Him. God then provides the strength we need to go through life's sorrows and woes.

    Jim states very clearly that we have a choice in how we want to respond to life's curve balls, while emphasizing that the Lord wants nothing but the best for us. His answers to your prayers may not necessarily come in the form you pray for, but it is always the best for us in the long-term.

    This book brings comfort, hope and encouragement in that Jim tells it like it is, yet shows us how God is always there to comfort and intervene. A doubly good book for anyone in this walk of life, but especially those who are currently in the throes of difficulties. He uses the Word of God to show you what God has to say and His promises to you. A blessedly good book! Definitely a great book for a Bible study group or self-study! I give it a 5 out of 5.

    It's a book I will be keeping for my own shelves for reference and reminders of how to respond to life's circumstances and to Whom I should look for help. ".From whence comes my help, it comes from the LORD." Psalms 121:1-2

    This book was provided by Karen of The B & B Media Group, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

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