When we think of success, we think of words like bigger, more, and better. Bigger paycheck, more security, better reputation. But what if God's perspective on success was radically different than our own? What if the things we seek to avoidpain, suffering, weakness, insecuritywere the very things he used to mold us into his image?
With insights born from his own difficult journey, Clayton King offers readers a truly liberating understanding of weakness and sufferingnot as God's punishment, but as his pruning. Revealing the God who is a companion in our most difficult seasons, King shows us that when we are in Christ, our deepest pain becomes the source of our greatest power, and our times of testing become our strongest testimony. Anyone who struggles to make sense of seemingly hopeless situations will find in this book not only hope for a brighter future but purpose in their imperfect present.
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About the Author
Clayton King is founder and president of Clayton King Ministries and Crossroads Missions and Summer Camps, teaching pastor at NewSpring Church, and professor of evangelism at Anderson University. The author of over a dozen books, King regularly speaks to tens of thousands of people all over the globe. He and his wife, Sharie, have two sons and live in South Carolina.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mark Batterson 9
1 Brokenness 19
A Strange Kind of Blessing
2 Humility 39
When the Thing That Hurts You May Actually Help You
3 Testimony 61
How Your Scars Tell Your Story
4 Presence 83
No One Gets an Exemption, but You Do Get a Companion
5 Strength 101
Weaker than Water, Stronger than Spiderman
6 Regret 119
A Murderer, a Martyr, and a Metamorphosis
7 Vulnerability 141
How to Open Up When You Just Want to Shut Down
8 Understanding 163
You Don't Have to Waste Your Weakness
9 Worship 183
Finally Giving Up the Illusion of Control
10 Glory 201
The Ability to Outlive Your Own Life
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love , love , love this book! If you have had the pleasure of listening to Clayton preach then you know he uses his personal testimony to teach the Word. This book will touch anyone who has experienced pain or loss. Thank you Clayton you touched my heart!
It was such a blessing to read Clayton's newest book, "Stronger." The book is packed with real world examples but what stands out the clearest is two themes that most shy away from: weakness and suffering. Clayton is an adept guide in walking the reader through the biblical principles that show why suffering isn't God's punishment but his pruning. We all look around and question why the world is so corrupt and broken but thanks to this book, I was filled with hope and understanding not only for today but for the future.
This amazing book will show you how God will use your pain,suffering and regret to give you understanding, strength and ultimately, glory. "God makes himself known not despite the wreckage of our lives but through the wreckage itself" "What gives hope to the one in trouble is not just the protection of God.It's the presence of God. His presence is your protection" A quick, easy read about very hard things that don't seem to make sense until the Holy Spirit reveals the truth through scripture. Clayton King is used by God to point us to the scriptures that reveal this and explains them in a way that makes one realize that the troubles of life are just part of God's glorious plan for us, that by making us weaker, they make us turn to God's strength and we become stronger than we could ever possibly be on our own.
The Great Paradox Rich in metaphor, dizzying in apparent contradiction, Scripture describes the Kingdom of God with upside-down truth: life out of death, power in humility, healing from brokenness, suffering as the path to glory. In Stronger, his gripping memoir, Clayton King captures the underlying, big-picture paradox, and while he’s at it, he seizes the opportunity to relieve us of some pervasive wrong thinking about strength. He also had believed the lie: “To me, strength and success were proof that God was using me and that He loved me.” Active in ministry since the age of fourteen, Clayton now travels internationally to speak in prisons, churches, and schools. Founder and president of a humanitarian non-profit and a teaching pastor, he found that his ministry and his family life began spinning out of control when, in his thirties, he experienced the deaths of nine close family members. Walking with him through the dark days of loss and his intense grief over the illnesses and deaths of both parents, the reader is invited to enter into the truth of God’s words in Psalm 91: “I will be with him in trouble.” Clayton helps his readers to see that God’s presence is “part of the greater purpose in our trials,” because the truth is that our strength comes from God. There is no index in Stronger (It’s not that kind of book.), but if there were, the word leverage would have — by my extremely unscientific tally — at least eight entries. The concept figures prominently in Clayton’s thinking, and here’s why: Life on a fallen planet guarantees dark days and long nights; weakness; hard times; hopeless seasons; suffering; loss; regret; abuse and fear. Stronger shares how God’s great power will leverage all of these for His own purpose; for our good and for His glory; for our ultimate transformation into disciples; for the sake of our humility, development, and growth; for the sake of helping others. In this paradox, and in one sentence, Clayton King summarizes the problem of pain: “We live in a world where the kingdom of God has not yet been fully realized on the earth, and in the meantime there are many things we can and must experience that we cannot make sense of with our intellect.” Instead of intellectual mastery, God offers understanding, and “weakness is the doorway to understanding. Understanding is the doorway to compassion and ministry.” Clayton King’s journey and the telling of it — “How Hard Times Reveal God’s Greatest Power” — offers truth like a crowbar to pry our hearts away from the notion that weakness is a destination, when the truth is this: “The goal is to be stronger. Weakness is God’s way of getting you there.” This book was provided by BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”