Living the Gift

Living the Gift

by Jacob Berry

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ISBN-13: 9781936417599
Publisher: Pilot Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jacob Berry is a young man born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, myotubular myopathy and was not expected to live past the age of 2. Despite this debilitating disease that placed him on life support at only 11 days old, Jacob persistently pursued God’s call on his life and became an ordained minister at the age of 16. He wrote his first book, his autobiography, “Living the Gift” at age 22. Although still dependent on life support and confined to a wheelchair, Jacob is “A Miracle on a Mission” traveling the country holding revivals and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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He could die prematurely and if he does live he will never amount to anything, but be a vegetable all of his life, at one time were words used to describe my life.

My family never believed these words and removed them from their vocabulary.

I am not a mistake, but the potter that created this little broken vessel knew His plans for me.

Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV) "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."

Everyday, the potter gently takes me into His hands and continues to work on me and shape me.

On October 17, 2009, by God’s grace, I had defeated all the laws of my disease, rising above all the doctor’s expectations. My family gathered to rejoice what many thought would never happen as I turned 21 and stepped into adulthood.

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From the Publisher

What an honor it is to write a few words about this great outreach ministry of literature by one of America’s premier preachers, Jacob Berry. He may not be able to physically walk but I assure you he will leave giant footprints in your heart from his writings and ministry. God has gifted him as an evangelist for these days. His words are not idle and every thought is soaked in prayer. The anointing of the Holy Spirit on his life will be self evident as you read this book. It will be an investment of time you won’t regret. So, read and be blessed by a life touched by God!

—Dr. Calvin Ray Evans

Rubyville Community Church, Pastor

Evangelistic Outreach Ministries, Director


Through the years, there have been many opinions on the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” but most Bible scholars believe that it was a severe physical infirmity. We can see that Paul prayed for healing, and we know that God spoke with him about it. The following words demonstrate his resulting confidence: “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” — (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

To a great extent, this is also Evangelist Jacob Berry’s story. Although he has suffered with Muscular Dystrophy from birth, his life has been an example of God’s powerful, triumphant grace. And even though Jacob was not even expected to live at first, spiritually he has soared like the eagles of Isaiah 40:31. From a young age, he embraced God’s call to preach and as a result has proclaimed the Gospel to thousands, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that the power of Christ is resting upon him.

—Samuel B. McGinn

Senior Ministry Correspondent & Staff Pastor

Samaritan’s Purse

Boone, North Carolina

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