How Hard Times Reveal God's Greatest Power
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God has a plan to make you stronger--and it's not what you think.
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 is radically different from our own? What if the things we seek to avoid--pain, suffering, weakness, insecurity--are the very things he uses to mold us into his image?
With insights born from his own difficult journey, Clayton King offers a truly liberating understanding of weakness and suffering--not 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.
If you struggle to make sense of this broken world or your own seemingly hopeless situation, you'll find in this book not only hope for a brighter future but purpose in the imperfect present.
"This book is more than a page-turner. It's a game-changer. It's courageous. It's bold. It's vulnerable and funny and redemptive. It's a revolutionary way to see suffering."--from the foreword by Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker and The Grave Robber
"What a rare and beautiful gift it is for a man to fully open his broken heart. My friend Clayton does just that in this book. He helped me see God isn't breaking me but actually making me."--Lysa TerKeurst, president, Proverbs 31 Ministries; New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes
"Clayton is one of the most gifted gospel communicators I've ever known--one of my preaching heroes. But this book is not a message, it is the revelation of his soul."--J. D. Greear, PhD, author of Jesus, Continued . . . : Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary
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.
"This book is more than a page-turner. It's a game-changer. It's courageous. It's bold. It's vulnerable and funny and redemptive. It's a revolutionary way to see suffering, which Jesus modeled two thousand years ago. You will learn that no one is exempt from difficulty. We don't get a pass when it comes to pain. But we can worship God in our weakness because pain has a way of clearing out the clutter in our lives. It burns off the excess and allows us to see what really matters after all: the people we love, the message we carry, and the God we worship."
From the foreword by Mark Batterson, author of The Grave Robber
"What a rare and beautiful gift it is for a man to fully open his broken heart. My friend Clayton does just that in this book. He helped me see God isn't breaking me but actually making me. You will gain such needed perspective and comfort from these pages."
Lysa TerKeurst, president, Proverbs 31 Ministries; New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes
"Clayton is one of the most gifted gospel communicators I've ever known--one of my preaching heroes. But this book is not a message, it is the revelation of his soul. Clayton is a man who has walked through fire, a fire God used to forge him into an instrument of grace. This book will not inspire you. It will transform you."
J. D. Greear, PhD, author of Jesus, Continued...Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary
"I've known Clayton since we were teenagers. He's not only one of the greatest communicators I've ever heard speak but also one of the best friends I've ever had. I watched him go through the valley of the shadow of death over the course of a dozen years and I was blown away by how he remained open to the Holy Spirit throughout that hard season. His transparency is disarming and refreshing, something the church desperately needs from its leaders. He has blessed me as a friend and has blessed Newspring Church as a pastor and leader who is not afraid to be real and authentic. In Stronger, he speaks with authority because he's lived through tragedy and loss, and he speaks with tenderness because his experience has helped him relate to all of us who have known pain, doubt, and fear. Clayton shows us how to overcome and find victory through vulnerability. I love this book. You will too."
Perry Noble, senior pastor, NewSpring Church, South Carolina
"Clayton's ability to see God as 'stronger' no matter what personal circumstances weigh against him is one of the characteristics I've admired about him through all the years I've known him. I saw it the first moment I heard him speak and I see it in him today through his support as a personal friend. What you will discover in this book will help you walk through whatever challenges are thrown your way. Read this book and then get a second copy for a friend."
Steven Furtick; lead pastor, Elevation Church; New York Times bestselling author of Crash the Chatterbox, Greater, and Sun Stand Still
"We at North Greenville University and Dr. Clayton King have the same goal--to always try to get one more saved! Clayton has done a tremendous job of sharing Jesus Christ through the book and showing how 'you'll be stronger than you were when you leverage your weakness.' This message is indeed a breath of fresh air and makes it clear that we all need to depend on God's strength and not our own."
Dr. Jimmy Epting, president, North Greenville University
"Clayton has written an inspiring work that helps us glorify God amid adversity. Whether entering, in the middle of, or exiting a difficult time, this book will guide you to find eternal grace beyond your earthly circumstances. In this life, we all encounter difficult times that make this book a must-read for everyone."
Thomas White, president and professor of theology, Cedarville University
"Stronger is genuinely authentic, brutally honest, and refreshingly transparent. It is also painful and yet healing, sorrowful and yet hopeful. Many will be encouraged and helped by this book in which my friend Clayton King lays bare his soul and, in the process, shows us the wonderful grace and mercy of God that is available to all who run to him as Father."
Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"I've known Clayton since 1999. I love him. He's been a friend and brother to me. My life is stronger because of him. In the pages of Stronger, you not only will meet my friend and brother you will also meet the God who has forged Clayton into the man he is today. And your life will be stronger too."
Derwin L. Gray, lead pastor, Transformation Church; author of The High Definition Leader
"So often, self-centered theology shouts the lie that God desires to shelter his children from any form of adversity. Clayton King, however, shouts back loud and clear that God often ordains and actually uses adversity in the lives of his beloved to grow them in their faith. What a needed message."
David Nasser, author of Jumping through Fires
"Clayton King's Stronger is a fine little book on the way God uses our weakness to glorify himself and strengthen us. Full of Scripture, stories, and memorable wisdom. Highly recommended."
Bruce Riley Ashford, provost and dean of the faculty, associate professor of theology and culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"In this very personal book, Clayton King opens his heart to reveal a real-life story of ongoing transformation from utter human weakness to incomparable strength--by God's power and grace. You will laugh and you will cry as King shares stories from his life that will help you embrace your human weakness and brokenness as gifts, and welcome the hard knocks of life that bring us to our knees so that God can pick us up and shape in us strength of character and faith. Of those writers who use simple words to paint poignant pictures of enduring truth, Stronger is evidence once again that King is among the best."
Evans P. Whitaker, PhD, president, Anderson University