For many, life looks like this: You call out to God. Your problems get worse. You suffer and wait. Nothing changes. Author John S. Dickerson knows the feeling. A rare health condition drove him to examine the Bible’s claim that “when I am weak, then I am strong.” As a journalist, Dickerson has witnessed severe human suffering. As a pastor, he has comforted others through unimaginable grief. He wrote I Am Strong to give understanding, hope and strength to the hurting.
Unlock God’s strength for your difficulties.
Understand how a loving God will resolve your pain.
Know God’s plan to repurpose your pain, injustice and inadequacy.
Overcome life’s circumstances as Christ and Paul did.
Discover the life-changing power of God’s strength in your weakness.
I Am Strong breathes hope and comfort.
Much more, it offers daily practices and lifelong vision on which to build an unshakeable life of meaning and peace.
“Have you ever felt confused about how a good God can allow the pain in your life? If so, I cannot encourage you enough to read I Am Strong. This message will anchor your soul and give flight to your faith. Most importantly, it will draw you closer to the God who wants to heal your hurts.”
-Jim Cymbala, author Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, pastor Brooklyn Tabernacle
“My friend John S. Dickerson is well-acquainted with grief and with grace. He documented human suffering as a journalist before becoming a pastor, to help people through hurt, doubt, and suffering...His new book, I Am Strong, is written to be given as a gift to help anyone who is hurting.”
-Ann Voskamp, NYT bestselling author, One Thousand Gifts
“I am a believer in John’s ability to hold readers in his thrall, to tell simple, uplifting human stories, to share his eloquent hopes.”
-Ken Auletta, media critic The New Yorker, bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize judge
“Pain and suffering often drive people away from God. John Dickerson’s I Am Strong takes a different path. In a counterintuitive way and with deep biblical roots, he shows how we can be strong when we allow pain and suffering to take us to God. The path he recommends does not lead to despair but to hope. In fact, Dickerson takes us to the only hope there is in the midst of the deep pain life often delivers.”
–Dr. Darrell Bock, New York Times best-selling author, Humboldt Scholar, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Life has a way of falling apart just when we least expect it. In I Am Strong, John S. Dickerson reveals the hidden strength that God provides in our darkest moments and shows how to access it on daily bases. If you’re walking through a valley or know someone who is, this is a must read.”
-Larry Osborne, Author of Thriving in Babylon and Pastor of North Coast Church, CA
“As a grief counselor and pastor, I minister daily to people who are sick, hurting or discouraged. This book contains the life-changing hope I wish I could give to every hurting person who comes my way.”
-Dan Rydberg, Care and Outreach pastor, Cornerstone Church, Prescott, Arizona
“John Dickerson knows how to speak to people’s pain. He was there, in the small town of Prescott, Arizona, when word came that 19 young firefighters had just died. He was there that evening when the whole state of Arizona cried themselves to sleep. He brought hope in the middle of a community’s pain, and his book I Am Strong will bring hope to you in your pain.”
-Dr. Tim Kimmel, Author of Grace Filled Marriage
“A compelling, biblical, practical resource for all of us who need hope when the thorn of pain and suffering digs deep. Dickerson writes not from an ivory tower, void of pain, but as one well-acquainted with pain’s sharp edges. Take, read, and regain hope.”
-J. Paul Nyquist, Ph.D., President, Moody Bible Institute
“Followers of Jesus cannot escape pain anymore than they can escape this fallen world. Seen in the context of the suffering Jesus and the many who have followed him, pain can bring a believer to full maturity and access to the power of Christ. In this book, John S. Dickerson uniquely combines a pastor’s theological training, a shepherd’s heart to comfort, and a journalist’s question-asking and story-telling.”
–Cal Thomas, USA Today columnist and author of What Works
“John Dickerson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. In his new book I Am Strong, John digs deep into what it really means to go through difficult times. He then reminds us that God can and will bring good from the struggles and tragedies we face. And while it may be painful at the moment, we need to remember it’s not the end of our story, but simply the beginning of a new chapter.”
–Steve Poe, Lead Pastor, Northview Church, Carmel, Indiana
“Pain is inevitable. And when it comes, it is crucial to have a roadmap that helps you navigate a way forward. In I Am Strong, John Dickerson delivers such a roadmap. John doesn’t offer up a naïve, “cotton candy” view of the Christian life. From his own journey with a rare health condition and a solid biblical understanding, John provides real-life wisdom and hope for those who are hurting.”
–Lance Witt, founder of Replenish Ministries, former executive pastor, Saddleback Church
“Pastor John Dickerson is one of the great writers of our time. His most recent book contains wisdom that has already benefitted me as it will those who read and reflect on its messages.”
-Terence F. Moore, President Emeritus, MidMichigan Health System
“To write a book about hope and strength in the midst of suffering requires that one understands both sides of the equation. John S. Dickerson not only has experienced both sides, but with his heart and pen, he has mapped out a practical guide for the journey to light for all who travel down the dark road of pain and suffering. Read it when you need hope the most, share it with a friend in the midst of their trial and use it in your small groups because everyone can benefit from this helpful and sensitive work.”
-Chuck Bentley, CEO, Crown Financial Ministries, Author, The Worst Financial Mistakes in the Bible And How You Can Avoid Them
“There is no place on this planet where you cannot find hurting men and women. The discouraging part is that most of them have no idea how to obtain freedom and healing from their painful wounds and circumstances. God never meant for us to live a disappointing and defeated life. I Am Strong is a book that will meet you where you are and take you where you need to go. John’s journalistic research ability and gentle shepherd’s heart will take you on an extraordinary journey of healing in a miraculous way!”
-Linda Penn, host of Today's Living Hope
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