Trusting God and sharing Jesus with aging parents can be difficult. As Trish Porter Topmiller watched her father’s casket be lowered into the ground, she knew the complicated jigsaw puzzle of his life finally held the missing pieceJesus. But for years, his life seemed as far away from grace, and a believing faith in God, as a person can be. A multimillionaire entrepreneur who believed his financial fortress (and business acumen) was invincible, he turned into a workaholic adrenaline junkieand ultimate opioid statistic who had given up on life. Even then, grace found him.
King Here offers hope that no matter how old, how rich or how addicted someone is, it’s never too late to meet Jesus. Trish shares her father’s inspiring, yet tragic life storyfilled with adventure and color and unique escapadesto reveal God’s plan for an old rich man who thought he had no need for God. Stepping back to see the big picture brings to light the hope and joy that God truly can answer prayers and do the impossible, but it doesn’t always look the way readers expect. In this moving tribute to her father, Trish encourages readers to never give up on loved ones who seem “too far gone” for God to reach.
|Publisher:||Morgan James Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Trish Porter Topmiller is a Christian writer who attends Woodmen Valley Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Sagebrush Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has a B.S. Business Marketing degree from University of Oregon, is a 1988 U.S. Olympian in the high jump, former world record holder for women age 40-44 in the high jump, and multiple times U.S. National and World Masters Champion. Trish is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television programs and has been the subject of interviews in the Wall Street Journal, U.S.A Today, and Today’s Christian Woman. Trish lost her husband of twenty years and son in a plane accident in 2012, but remarried in 2016 and has a wonderful daughter who is a nationally competitive figure skater.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was the perfect weekend read as i prayed and planned for a cross country drive to see my family. I needed to be reminded that no matter who the audience...or what the obstacles...the Gospel of Jesus is, and always will be good news that transforms lives and saves souls. The chapters in the end that provide practical helps for having what are sometimes challenging conversations were the icing on the cake. This book is a real encouragement for anyone who has been praying for a loved one for years, and longs to see them give their life to Christ.
I read it all in on sitting! I saw this posted on Facebook: “What encouragement would you offer for someone praying for a loved one to come to Christ.” Without giving it a thought, I quickly typed in: “Never, never give up.” Then, a week or so later, I read King Here—written by my long-time friend Trish Porter Topmiller. I wish I had read King Here before I answered—not that my answer was wrong. In fact, “Never, never give up” could be considered a super-condensed version of King Here. As Christ-followers, so many of us have a family member, or loved one, for whom we’ve prayed diligently—asking God to soften their hearts to allow them to see the need for Jesus in their life. It is easy to get discouraged in this effort when years of prayers seem to go unanswered. In King Here, Trish, shares her journey of praying for her larger-than-life-father, Chuck King, a multimillionaire businessman, to see his need for Christ. She prayed for him for years and he was surrounded by Christians who never gave up praying for him. Ultimately, though it was late in his life after great financial loss and struggling with an opioid addiction, he realized his wealth was found at the cross. He actively attended church and read his new Bible. I won’t be a spoiler by sharing any more of the ending—except to say that I had goose bumps at the conclusion. Trish’s story shows how, though we may be unaware, God is still working to put all the pieces in place—often in ways we could have never imagined. She offers hope, encouragement, and tips (including a link to an opioid disorder checklist) for all of us who are praying for our loved one’s souls and reminds us to never give up!
Chuck King is the most impressive businessman I have known well, yet that is belied by his humility. He was extremely smart, funny, loving, generous and adventurous. He read all the time and loved to be on the phone making deals. I once asked him how his investment returns compared to the that of the greats such as Warren Buffett. He said his returns could not really be calculated because almost all his investments were made without using his own capital. His projects were usually financed by a bank and he structured deals to minimize risk and capture all of the upside. Chuck started with nothing but ambition and a great education and made a fortune buying value others could not see. His focus was real estate but went into other industries a few times, earning hundreds of times his (borrowed) money. He made huge bets that rarely went wrong, but Trish talks about the time it did and how that affected him. Besides being a great businessman, he was full of wisdom, yet was often too modest or busy to share what he had learned. As his daughter, Trish was there to absorb his teachings. Those lessons will help ambitious people in any field or walk of life, and Trish conveys them very well. One thing Chuck would repeat often was "work hard, play hard". Trish does a great job detailing his many incredible adventures with his family and friends. But Chuck also had some hardships, and I found myself trying to put myself into Chuck's shoes to better understand his position and what might have been done differently. Finally, Trish would know better than almost anyone what was in Chuck's heart throughout his life and near the end. A reader cannot help but think about Chuck's choices and use that as a way to think about the choices one makes in their own life. Most of all, in this day and age, it is truly amazing and uplifting to learn that there are people out there far kinder, more humble AND more successful than the people on TV, who keep to themselves and just try to bring joy to those around them. Chuck was one of those rare birds, and his life is worth examining.