Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life

Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life

by Jack S. Deere

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Overview

"Unmasked, unsettling, and unforgettable . . . this will change the landscape of your soul." —Ann Voskamp

"Filled with the raw pain, beauty, mystery, and grace that our hearts were meant for." —Matt Chandler

Prepare yourself for an unvarnished look at the Christian life, told now for the first time. A powerful memoir of finding beauty and friendship through the pain of loss, tragedy, and brokenness, Even in Our Darkness explores what it means to know God and be known by him.

Jack Deere tells the true story of his life growing up near Fort Worth, Texas in the 1950’s and the disintegration of his family following his father’s suicide. In his mid-twenties, Jack would rise to fame and success as a leading scholar, popular speaker, and bestselling author.

But despite being rescued and exalted, Jack would ultimately be crushed in the years that followed. He would lose his son to suicide and his wife to alcoholism. Only then would Jack wrestle with his own addictions, surrender control, and experience true healing.

An authentic story of the Christian life, Even in Our Darkness will serve as your own guide in overcoming life’s disappointments and learning to hear God speak in unbelievable ways.

"Jack Deere speaks on a vulnerable, raw, and honest level about his own narrative and the darkness 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

"Written beautifully and harrowingly—and so grippingly that you won’t want to stop reading—this story is everyone’s story." —Eric Metaxas

"Raw, gritty, and transparent, Jack’s writing rings with effervescent joy and searing pain. I read the last seventy-five pages with my heart in my throat and tears in my eyes. If I could, I’d send every person reading this a copy myself. It’s that good. —Lynn Vincent

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310538141
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 635,614
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jack Deere, formerly an associate professor of Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, is a writer and lecturer who speaks throughout the world on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is the author of the bestselling book, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit.

Table of Contents

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.

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