With sharp insight and deep compassion, Clayton King identifies the ten big lies we commonly believe, each rooted in the fear of losing something. He blows them apart, one by one, with God's truth, allowing readers to take back control of their hearts, minds, and actions. Covering such pervasive problems as loneliness, resisting forgiveness, shame, human suffering, self-image, sexual sin, and more, Clayton shines a light on all those things that are holding us down and clears the way for the faith that sets us free.
In "Stonger", I explore what it means to see God's strength made perfect in our weakness. I unpack the paradox of how the Christian life is centered around Jesus becoming bigger, us becoming smaller, and how the hard times we face don't make us happy, but they can keep us humble and make us holy.
I look at Jesus, Paul, and Stephen (the first Christian martyr) as examples of how God uses weakness to display the gospel to the world. Along side the theology of embracing suffering for a greater good, I tell the story of how I lost 9 family members in 12 years (an average of one death every 16 months), how my mother and father died 18 months apart, and how I preached my Father's funeral on Father's Day. How fitting that I will release Stronger on Father's Day, exactly three years from the day I buried my dad.
This book is both raw and redemptive, brutal and hopeful, and I pray that God breathes on it in order to help many of His children face their fears with faith. I poured out my heart and soul on these pages. I now offer it to you in hopes that you will be inspired to see that when you're hurting, God is not punishing you for failure, He is pruning you for fruitfulness.
The divorce rate in America is at an all-time high and researchers tell us that a broken marriage is the greatest cause of anxiety and depression in our culture. This book was written as both an encouragement and a warning. We want to encourage couples that are married to take practical, Biblical steps to strengthen their relationship, and we want to warn those who are not married yet to ask the right questions before they tie the knot. By asking tough, important questions early on, you can avoid big surprises once you've already made the vow. Just because you love someone does not mean you are compatible nor does it mean it is wise, or the will of God, for you to marry them.
To be honest, this book is a loving punch in the face, meant to both challenge and encourage those of us who know Jesus to stop being shallow, childish and spoiled, and to get serious about laying our lives down for Jesus Christ. It explores the paradox of finding your life by losing it and being first by being last. It's a theological exploration of what it means to live a life in light of the cross of Christ, dying to your sin and your selfishness and being made alive to a greater reality - that Jesus is worth living and dying for. It includes stories of martyrs from the past, like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as modern day martyrs from India, Jamaica, and other nations who have lost everything for the sake of knowing Jesus.
“Some people feel like God only speaks to the religious elite or the super spiritual, but this book proves that God speaks to ordinary people, if we are willing to train our ears to hear His voice and our eyes to see His activity. It includes deep Biblical insights along with amazing stories of God's providence, including seeing God raise a baby from the dead in the Himalayas, Clayton's afternoon with Billy Graham, and a crazy story that involves a severed human arm that was miraculously re-attached!