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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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"I am the descendant of drinkers and drifters better at passing on their love for the bottle than family history..." Prepare yourself for an unvarnished, harrowing look at one Christian's life.

A powerful memoir of knowing and being known by God through the pain of loss, tragedy, and brokenness—Even in Our Darkness explores what it means to fend off doubt and despair, even in the most painful trials.

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. Despite his difficult childhood and an inclination toward the depression that had crushed his parents, Deere describes how he began to wrestle with Christianity and how "God was...slipping in through the crack of an open wound."

In his mid-twenties, Jack rose to fame and success as a leading scholar, popular speaker, and bestselling author. But despite being rescued and exalted, Jack was devastated in the years that followed, losing his troubled son to suicide and his wife to alcoholism. Only then did he fully face his own addictions, surrender control, and experience true healing.

An authentic story of the Christian life, Even in Our Darkness is like following an experienced guide through a barren country. Like many believers, Deere has had experiences that nearly destroyed him, and he was shown, by grace, how to overcome life's disappointments and learn to hear God speak in unbelievable ways, despite the darkness that surrounds us.

"Unmasked, unsettling, and unforgettable . . . this will change the landscape of your soul." —Ann Voskamp, bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310538141
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 288
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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