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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ISBN-13: 9780310538141
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 171,171
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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Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like in the Bible, God continues to work in the lives of broken and imperfect people to spread His message. At times, the life of Jack Deere seemed sensationally horrific, and yet he rose to the top and continued trusting in Christ's work in His life. Parts were painful to read, but I also couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart. I saw myself in many lines and scenes. The truth and pain revealed in this book are real life. This man of God took off the sugar coating of his life and revealed the messy side of life in a very open and honest way. I read this in one day. I couldn’t put it down. The words on the pages will stay with me for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this may be boring. Surprise! The book was compelling, & full of meaningful & authentic scenarios!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack Deere is a world famous speaker and scholar. The book would have been interesting to hear about his journey from Young Life to Dallas to becoming John Wimber's right-hand man. What makes his story great is its inclusion of unanswered prayers and his disillusion and disappointments along the way. Very few have the courage to show the level of vulnerability and authenticity Deere reveals in this book. Best of all is the heartening resolution at the end of the book. It's a must read for anyone who has, or is going through stuff, and is looking to God for answers. It offers hope for those with pain or addiction issues. It offers hope without denying the brokeness the is so prevalent in our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope every person who reads this review will decide to read Even in Our Darkness. It is a heart-wrenching AND heart-healing book, unlike any I have ever read. Jack’s writing style makes it easy to read, but the personal stories he tells make it hard. The reader will probably grieve and cry (I did), but will also feel inspired and rejoice. Ultimately, this book is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride, with the assurance of a safe landing in God’s loving arms. Come to think of it, maybe that describes “life” on this earth. My husband and I have known Jack Deere and his wife, Leesa, since the 1990s. He was a frequent speaker at our church back then, and we were blessed to get to know them and their son Scott. In more recent years, we have kept in touch and prayed for them through many tragedies and hardships. Even so, this latest book by Jack held quite a few revelations for us. His has been a journey of discovery, as God led him and his family along a path many of us can’t imagine surviving. And yet........what Jack wants to show us is that each of us is on our own path to embracing God’s greatest desire for us: that we will fully embrace His unconditional love and friendship. Each of our journeys is unique to who Our Father made us, and whatever pain we have is what He will use to bring us to Him, if we will only open our eyes and our hearts to His constant loving presence with us. There is a peace and contentment in Jack’s writing now. His former books, while excellent for their purpose of spiritual enlightenment, were written during a different part of his journey. What I hear now is a man whose heart is at rest in his Savior, even though he knows he will never have all of the answers this side of heaven. And I believe he is finally comfortable with the mystery, because he is deeply aware that the God of everything is his personal friend. “For years, I have besieged heaven with thousands of prayers that seemed to go unanswered. I can sometimes sense the Spirit of God hovering. When I lusted after material wealth, He turned my gaze toward eternity. When I sought large crowds, He brought me humility. When I tried to change my wife, He taught me how to love and understand her. What I really needed all along, more than anything, was to see myself through His eyes.” ~Jack Deere
TeresaAnn44 More than 1 year ago
I love reading but absolutely love reading something that captivates and resonates with me and my life. I don't think I laughed a lot but I cried a lot... I could feel the pain, cynicism, insincerity and sincerity...the questioning of personal Faith and the knowing without doubts that God was present... Too many people who are in positions of God given authority, by failing to being brutally honest even though the price may be high, turn others away from God... It is refreshing to be able to read something such as this and know just from reading that it is truth...not truth to put down but to show fragility in all walks of life and show God's ability to restore and heal. People believe that once you accept Jesus, life will be easy but God warned us of struggles and persecution for our beliefs but God also promised to never leave or forsake us ..... Keep trusting God.. ...@JackDeere #EvenInOurDarkness.... Thank you for the opportunity to be blessed by God through your writing
AnilPhilip More than 1 year ago
painful - good for one read only Note: A) I spent many hours consuming and reviewing this book as a tribute to Jack Deere, and also I think as a father myself, I was mourning the suicide of his son. B) I originally rated it 5 stars but lowered it to 3 stars for this reason .Three weeks after I read the digital book as part of the so-called "launch team" whose purpose was to generate social media publicity for the book, I have no desire to read it again. Too much pain and too little teaching that I can refer to to help me with my life. The editors in their well-meaning ignorance removed Jack's "how-tos, illustrations, teaching". Now all that is left is the story. C) It seems to me that the publisher (Zondervan) formed launch teams whose purpose was to generate 5-star reviews. When 5-star reviews are created before it is released to the public, then there are few negative reviews and it generates lots of book sales. When I posted an honest but somewhat unflattering review below, I was removed from the launch team without any explanation. As a Christian, I felt used by these other Christians. I purchased two printed copies. I received one free signed copy - Question: Can we escape our generational curses? Numbers 14. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’ Ezekiel 18:20 The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. 1. This is a book about generational curses. I do not know if even Jack Deere realizes it since he does not mention it in the book. I used to wonder about the two contradictory Bible verses above. After reading his book, now I understand what they mean. We are doomed to repeat the sinful patterns of our parents and grandparents. When we are friends with God, we can mitigate or even remove completely, the curse resulting from repeating their patterns. Jack’s father was callous and in his selfish pursuit of his career, he neglected his family. Jack’s mother and her father did not have any love for Jack and were physically cruel to him. They were also sexually promiscuous. The teenage Jack resolves to put it all behind him because Christ makes us a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). However it is not so easy. He repeats his father’s patterns of callousness and to his son and wife. I think there was a failure of communication and involvement with his son, which is not fully brought out in the book. The book is a journey of the suicide of Jack’s father, the conflict with cessationist Dallas Seminary, the suicide of Jack’s son, and the childhood sexual abuse and addictions of his wife. 2. Growing up, he thinks that romantic love (“The Kiss”) will rescue him from his pit - this is the salvation that the secular world preaches. Just like a girl dreams of a knight in shining armor who will sweep her off her feet and rescue her from her dragons. 3. During the downward spiral of his parent’s marriage and his father’s unraveling, they visit a church. Some men from the church come and visit once, and then move on since his father does not join their church. This is an indictment of the American church system. Tragically there was no one in the church system who would come around and befriend an unbeliever couple - Jack's parents. Either you join their club, or they move on. Seeker sensitive megachurches are no different. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not think I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. Too often we pick up a book like Jack's and discover many practical ways to flee the external and internal darkness. However, this book is not that way. This book is a true, raw, personal account of how one man seemed to be forever haunted and condemned by darkness and God still used him for a sovereign and divine purpose. Jack's true story spoke to me in a way that other books have not because I am closely connected with familial suicide. Jack's acceptance of God's strength and Sovereignty showed me that depression and darkness can only be overcome with His power alone; not mine. His quote at the end of the book really spoke to me when he says, "This book is a story of love and the story of a friendship with the God who makes love possible. And now today, I pray that my story will help others feel the love of this great and good God who longs to be our friend."
Paula Wiggins More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Jack Deere’s memoir. But then I knew I would. I love the way Jack Deere writes ... and the things he writes about- the details he chooses to include. He has the capacity to make even the ordinary and mundane seem more poetry than prose. This is why Jack Deere has been one of my favorite authors for some time. In this memoir, he certainly doesn’t flinch from discussing the poignant, painful moments in his life, and I think that may be what helps distinguish great memoirs from simply good ones. Very transparent, entertaining recounting of his story AND the Lord’s story in Jack’s life. I laughed out loud and I also cried. Sometimes we may be tempted to think that somehow pastors are immune to tribulations and trials in life... at least if they are walking uprightly. Not true! Jesus actually said that that we would indeed experience tribulation in this life. In this memoir, Jack allows us to walk alongside him as he navigates the rockier paths of his life including his father's suicide, their middle son, Scott's drug addiction and suicide, unraveling his wife's painful history of sexual abuse, her alcoholism and eventual recovery following Scott's death and more. Not exactly a bed of roses to be sure. Having lost our own son in a car accident in 2001, I am always interested in how others have dealt with and processed this kind of tragedy in their lives. As I said above, Jack is pretty transparent in relating the hard painful details of his story... regarding Scott and everything else. And make no mistake- there IS a lot of pain here, but there is triumph too. I think Jack's testimony is essentially this- God is faithful and wants to be our friend and walk with us even in our darkness. This is a book you will think about for a long time. Highly recommend.
JamesSheets More than 1 year ago
Dr Jack Deere's newest book, Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life, is one of the most impacting books I have ever read. I am acquainted with Jack from our time in the Vineyard together. His writings, his integrity, his teaching, his example literally transformed who I am, how I think, and how I live. His previous three books, Surprised by the Spirit, Surprised by the Voice of God, and The Beginner's Guide to the Gift of Prophecy are on my list of must read books. Even in Our Darkness has been added to this list. In an age where so many Christians have retreated behind the mask of socially acceptable Christianity, it is so refreshing to hear one of the leading ministers in the Body of Christ lay down the mask and tell it like it is, warts and all. Even in the Darkness is honest, real, and gives hope to anyone who has a desire to know Jesus, to love Jesus and to be a friend of Jesus. God bless you, Jack!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even In Our Darkness chronicles the story of a friendship with God in the midst of all the junk that life can throw at anyone. Jack Deere shares clearly and honestly the journey he and his family have taken. The up times, the down times and the crushing times are presented with integrity and humility. This is a must read for those who think they have been left alone to face life without the Grace of God pursuing them! Grab some tissues for this Heart wrenching fast paced memoir!!!