About the Author
David Graham is a former pastor, businessman, and founding director of Youth With A Mission Montana. He has taught throughout North America about our inherent significance and validation as the sons and daughters of Father God, the ultimate parent. David has also authored numerous worships songs including "In Moments Like These," which is still sung around the world.
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My father is an extraordinary man. As a child, when my dad walked through the door at the end of each day, my world became perfect. When he was there, I knew everything would be all right. When he spoke to me, they were words of comfort and wisdom. If I had a question, I knew he had the answer. The man who was my dad was one of strength and decisiveness, impervious to any weakness. That was the only dad I knew.
I was oblivious to his personal struggle, to the battle waged inside of him as he wrestled with his identity, self-esteem, and insecurities. I was unaware of the fear that crept up on him and the attacks he faced in his days. What an incredible gift to have parents who can be who they need to be for their children; who rise to the challenge to nurture and love in spite of experiencing pain. My father’s arms felt strong, his words seemed assured. The little girl only saw the hero, the warrior, but never knew until adulthood how determinedly her dad fought to overcome.
The journey my dad has traveled is detailed in this book. Through his brokenness and weakness came revelation and understanding of God as his Father in a most incredible way. Throughout these chapters, my dad encounters the Spirit. The Spirit counsels and teaches him about a simple truth, which, like so many other people, he was missing. His view of God became intimate, and what he learned would be the key to combating the immobilizing fear and insecurity that had plagued him.
I was a fortunate child to have had a father who made me feel precious. Greater still was the influence my dad’s revelation had on my life as I grew to believe I was even more precious in my heavenly Father’s eyes. What a gift I was given. What a gift available to all!
As you read this book, know how precious and significant you are as a daughter, as a son of your heavenly Father who is, as my dad says, “the ultimate parent.” My prayer is that Dad’s testimony will inspire you to grab hold of God’s immeasurable love for you and to claim that which is yours: an abundant inheritance.
Kimberly Graham Bridwell
Table of Contents
Foreword Kimberly Graham Bridwell 13
Part I What Is Going On Here?
1.A Victim of Fear 19
Part II As It Was in the Beginning
2 A New Father 27
3 To Life! 31
4 Mirrors 39
Part III The Way Back
5 So What on Earth's the Matter? 49
6 The Phenomenal Exchange 55
7 The Spirit of Sonship 59
8 Holy Kid! 67
9 Perfect and In Process 73
10 The Things That Shape Us 79
Part IV A Remarkable Recovery
11 Encounter in the Desert 89
12 The City of the King 95
13 The Great Transition 99
Part V Principles for Well-Being
14 The Holy Spirit and the Orange Naugahyde Chair 109
15 Soul Talk 115
16 An Electric Rainbow 123
17 A Loving Order 127
18 Never Fear Man 131
19 Relax ... and Live Your Life! 137
20 Praise 141
21 Warfare 145
Wallet Wisdom From the Fascinating Person in the Orange Naugahyde Chair 147
Part VI A New Purpose
22 Give Your Life Away 151
23 The Great Value of Others 155
24 The Second Highest Law and a Downtown Bar 159
25 Letting Go 167
26 The Reward 175
27 It's Your Time! 181
Epilogue: Full Circle 185
About the Author 189
What People are Saying About This
“Powerful … Extraordinarily moving … A life changing story.” ¯Robin Lee Graham, author of New York Times® Bestseller Dove