A New Resource On God’s Sustaining Grace For Chronic Pain
How is it possible for brokenness and suffering to generate spiritual blessing? Why does God favor and delight in using weak, needy persons?
What Bible truths and promises strengthen and encourage us when we hurt?
When another person causes life-altering affliction, how do we stave off resentment?
What kind of response to pain expands our ministry to others?
Oh God, I’m Dying! is a new book that addresses those questions. It is the riveting true story of Dr. Mark Smith, a high-profile Christian leader who has served effectively despite living with severe pain ever since a 1996 auto accident. He is currently President of Columbia International University in South Carolina.
This book vividly describes the accident, the uncertainty and despondency he experienced during rehab, and illustrates the long-term physical consequences of a wreck caused by another person’s carelessness. The narrative shows Mark’s experiences, rather than merely describing them. You’ll see Mark’s and his wife’s desperate reliance on means of God’s grace, including, but not limited to, heartfelt prayer, God’s Word, others in the body of Christ, Christian songs and medical intervention.
This book reveals how Mark’s faith in Christ was tested, and ultimately deepened, due to the accident. Anyone who experiences physical pain or another form of ongoing affliction will discover the encouraging irony of how God redeems pain when He chooses not to remove it. The result of reading this story will be renewed hope that God can use broken people, enhancing their usefulness to Him not in spite of suffering, but because of it. Any positive impression of Mark that you take away from this story will be eclipsed by the compassionate portrait you see of his Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Faith Lessons
Part 2 of Oh God, I’m Dying! provides 10 faith lessons, or devotionals. Each faith lesson is rooted in Mark’s story, but offers biblical content not included in the story, plus quotes from renown authors on the subject of affliction. These reflections, applicable to persons who deal with an affliction other than chronic physical pain, also give practical applications. Topics examined in these faith lessons include:
- Clinging to God’s Word
- Pleading with God
- Embracing Brokenness
- Releasing Resentment
- Using Music to Soothe the Soul
- Cultivating Faith by Remembering God’s Past Deeds
- Modeling the Message
- Discerning God’s Call to Ministry
- Comforting Persons Who Hurt
- Redeeming Pain
Early Feedback by Readers
Best-selling author and leadership guru John Maxwell says, “This book teaches you how to learn from and how to persevere in tough times!”
Dr. Benny Tate, Senior Pastor of Rock Springs Church in Milner, Georgia, says, “Mark, thank you for turning a test into a testimony! I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a page-turner!”
“This book had to be written! Its message will bring hope, encouragement and empowerment to multitudes who are experiencing the pain of brokenness: physical, emotional or otherwise.”
Doug Carter, Senior Vice President, EQUIP Leadership, Inc.
“Mark’s powerful story depicts a life helplessly dependent on God and offers faith lessons for the reader. This captivating book is well written and can be life changing for persons experiencing any kind of pain.” Delaine Blackwell, Teaching Director, Community Bible Study, Columbia, S. C.
How To Get the Book
The official public sale release date for Oh God, I’m Dying! is not until November 24, 2020. However, you can preorder the book now at any of the sites listed at the end of this post. The publisher says that persons who preorder the book will receive it 30-45 days before that November official release date. The e-book version will be available on August 4, 2020. (Powell’s on that list has no relation to me.)
But there is a way for you to get the book now!
Dr. Smith and I obtained advanced copies published just for us. I am offering the book at a 33.3% discount off the $14.99 retail price. Ironically, the book rate shipping for two books is the same as for one ($2.80), so consider getting a copy for someone else without paying extra mailing costs.
If you want a copy now, please email me for the details: email@example.com.
God has given me the privilege of publishing 18-20 books, but I have never worked harder on one than I did for Oh God, I’m Dying! I honestly believe that Dr. Smith’s story and the biblical perspectives woven throughout the book will minister to you. Here are links for preordering the book.