When You Need a Savior Who Stills the Wind
"Here's the rub about faith. Sure, prayer often changes outward things, but the only guaranteed miracle God offers us is inner peace, the peace of Christ. A peace so crazy deep that it cannot be analyzed or understood. It descends on us even when everything else is falling apart, while the drug-addicted child does not come to his senses, or the job offer doesn't pan out, or the cancer rages and the marriage is a hollow mess. But I'll let you in on a secret. This miracle of the 'inner variety,' this inexplicable and supernatural calm in the storm, is the greatest miracle you'll ever experience."
Bestselling author Ken Gire weaves together stories from the Bible, history, and his own life to reveal how we can find strength and encouragement through the storms of life. Experience the joy of knowing the God who is always there to reach out a hand and pull you out of the waves.
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About the Author
Ken Gire (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the author of twenty-five books, including the bestselling INTIMATE MOMENTS WITH THE SAVIOR series and Windows of the Soul. He has won two ECPA Gold Medallion Awards, and two of his titles were selected as C. S. Lewis Honor Books. Ken teaches weekend seminars on writing throughout the country. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more at www.facebook.com/kengire.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Two Kinds of Storm-Calming Miracles 7
1 Peace Through Perspective 11
2 Peace Through Prayer 23
3 Peace in the Hospitable Art of Listening 35
4 Peace Through Friends and Strangers 43
5 Peace From God's Word 55
6 Peace in and Through Music 69
7 Peace Through Deep Rest 79
8 Peace Through the Body of Christ 89
9 Peace From a Balanced Brain 101
10 Peace From Insightful Books and Movies 115
11 Peace Through Serving Others 127
12 Peace in God's Creation 139
13 Peace Through Recreation 151
About the Author 169
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book delivers just what the title promises – stories of hope and peace amidst ALL kinds of life storms. The beautiful focus throughout is set on the sovereignty of God and how He works all things – even the “bad” things – for our good and for His glory. A great addition to your study time, At Peace In the Storm is broken down into easy-to-read chapters by the author to reveal different perspectives of divine peace in the soul. He shares stories and wonderful quotes from people from Biblical days up to the present day, reminding us that no one is alone who knows God. He touches on many various types of storms or hardships in our lives, including illness and loss, and points his readers beyond the present pain to our true Refuge. (The hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” comes to mind.) Through chapters such as “Peace through Prayer“, “Peace from God’s Word“, and “Peace in God’s Creation“, I was reminded to always seek the Lord first in my sorrow and become a better listener to His voice. From other chapters, like “Peace through Serving Others” and “Peace through the Body of Christ“, I was convicted to be a better servant and peacemaker among others. “Peace in and through Music” was another favorite portion of mine. I certainly could relate to music calming my spirit on many occasions. At certain points, it did grow a little repetitive for me, but I have no doubt that this book will encourage many readers. It is an enjoyable, light read that I hope to pass along to my family and friends. I hope you’ll check it out too! This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers at Bethany House for my copy.
Peace. It's something we all crave, so much that the very word promises healing and comfort. Between the chaos in the nations and the conflict in out families, between the cancer and the car-wrecks and the career changes and the challenges of our own minds, we all need peace to be whole. Ken Gire's new book is like a steady, calm voice speaking into the storm. At Peace in The Storm is full of "good thoughts" about how God meets our need for peace dose by dose. Seriously, this book is excellent. We all know that God is the Giver of True Peace, what we may have forgotten are the diverse ways he can provide it amidst daily life. Ken Gire talks about Peace through the fellowship and tenderness of a good friend. And Peace through deep, open-hearted listening, which is a gift anyone can give. And Peace through Prayer, and Perspective, and Fellowship in the Body of Christ. These chapters are richly quotable, and are filled with great thoughts from other Christians like Henri Nouwen and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Catherine Marshall. And then there are chapters about Peace in unexpected places. Sometimes the source of peace just won't make intellectual sense. Remember that God enjoys showing up in unexpected places, and feel free to accept it His gifts. Do not discount the peace that can come over you from experiencing a Story, either through music or a movie or a book. Immersing ourselves in someone else's story for a few minutes or an hour reminds us of our place in the Greatest Story of All. Peace may meet you in music... and it doesn't matter if it's Rich Mullins, blues, oldies, or 70's rock, if it soothes you, then turn it up! *Cues Sweet Home Alabama.* You may find peace in watching a new film, or enjoying an old favorite again. One of Ken's friends has watched the 2009 StarTrek film thirteen times. Every time he sees the ending, the collision of life and death, he cries, and every time it meets a need in his heart. I'm that way with Last of the Dogmen and In The Heat of The Night reruns. Ken himself favors A River Runs Through It, for the story, the music, and the beautiful scenery. Same with books. It doesn't matter if it's a classic or a mystery novel. If reading gives you some space to breathe then it is worth it. Same also with sleep. There's peace to be found in sleep. Like Ken Gire suggests, how many of us really are 5 to 6 foot tall cranky toddlers, in need of a pillow and blanket? How much of the insanity of a bad day will melt away in a good sleep? As Ken says at one point: "Be gentle with yourself." So you're stressed out and everything has gone wrong. Be kind to yourself. Don't expect perfection in the middle of this. Don't even expect to be balanced. That's ideal, no doubt, but it isn't our usual state. In our confused and hurting world we need all the help we can get. That's why the best chapter may well be "Peace Through a Balanced Brain." In this chapter, Ken Gire shares some of his own struggles with the "heavy black lead coat" of depression and the shame that comes with adult ADD. I hate the fact that shame was a part of the package. We understand that bones break, arteries weaken, and organs fail. Why would we be surprised or ashamed if our brain gives us trouble? Why should it be considered "weak" to acknowledge that we need a hand, a change, a rest, a dose of medication or vitamins? That attitude really needs to change. Ken's story of getting help- medicine wise, nutrition wise, and friend and family wise- is a great encouragement to anyone who has battled depression in themselves or in a loved one. The whole book is full of hope. It reassures: No, you may not have Peace now, but you can experience it again someday. It's not gone from you forever. Thank you Bethany House for my review copy.
"Even Jesus struggled when he was Gethsemane and peace eluded him. But in that painfully horrific space of time, he eventually experienced calm. And though his circumstances did not change, and the cup he asked to be removed still awaited him, peace descended upon the Savior, and he faced his appointed mission with calm, grace, and courage." Ken Gire As a follower of Christ, we are always in need of reminders and guidance from other followers. Ken Gire does both through his book, At Peace in the Storm. Ken shares, reminds and guides you through life's storms towards God's peace from beginning to end of this book. Ken does so through Biblical stories and scripture as well as his own personal life. Ken Gire comes along side you no matter what your storm is and guides you towards finding peace through perspective, scripture, personal stories, rest, creation and recreation to name a few. As you read you will be reminded of God's love for you and His gift of peace. You will be reminded that Christ is with you and He is bigger than your storm. Your thoughts will shift from the size of your struggle or storm to the size of your God, which is something we all need to be reminded of at times. Ken's humility is threaded throughout his book with stories from his own personal storms creating a connection with his readers. I would recommend this book to anyone who is walking through a storm and is struggling to see the light and find God's peace. I would also recommend this book to anyone who knows anyone who is in the midst of their storm, being beaten by the waves and too busy tossing water out to stay afloat to look up and see Christ. Ken's style of writing is easy to follow and understand. Ken's compassion is comforting and his words are a steady reminder of God's love and grace for His children. It was such a blessing to read and review this book and I know God will use this book for His glory and His good to bring peace to many in their storms.
AT PEACE IN THE STORM Experiencing the Savior's Presence When You Need Him Most By Ken Gire Author Ken Gire writes stories from his life, history and the Bible that will inspire you to look for Christ in all things. When we are in the middle of our personal storms and feel that we are alone, after reading the stories in this book we will realize that we are not alone, that God is with us in our storms. You will find that God is helping us at all times, even when we think that He has deserted us, we will find out that He has carried us over the ruff places. The author has a chapter about seeing God in our surroundings. He also shows how God can use people to help us. After reading this book, you should be more at ease about the storms that may come up in your life. The book is not long and is a very easy read. The book contains a lot of helpful information. A quote from the book: "The gift of peace in the storm, the gift of calm is, in so many quiet ways, woven into God's good gift of creation" This tells me God knows about the storms, when they will be, and that He will be with us in all things. I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.