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Jack Deere: Even in Our Darkness

Deere becomes a Christian through the influence of a friend. A Young Life worker named, Scott, also played a key role in his life and spiritual development, this man also paved the way for him in ministry. Deere enjoyed reading scripture and memorized a lot of it when he was in high school. Scott helped Deere to eventually become a Young Life leader. He loved studying and later applied to and was accepted at Dallas Theological Seminary. There he met the woman who would later become his wife. With the help of one of his professors he became a faculty member at the school.

God is with us even in the midst of our brokenness and our darkness.

Deere loved what he was doing but he also faced a number of significant challenges during the course of his ministerial life. He had a falling out with another pastor that he worked with and had a strained relationship for a while with John Wimber, who had opened a lot of doors for him. One of Deere’s sons was sexually molested by a youth worker. This same son struggled with drug addiction and Deere’s wife struggled with alcoholism.

In the midst of all this darkness, as Deere was trying to help his wife in her struggle with alcohol, he became aware of some of his own shortcomings and had to face himself. The things that the author writes about are not the usual subjects that one finds in many Christian books. They are not the glorious and victorious things that people like to read about in order to be encouraged in their faith. And yet, in this book there is hope and encouragement, for there is victory. Through all of these experiences, and many of them were negative, Deere never turned away from God; he continued on.

The chapters in the book are short and easy to read. The book is also well written. At times while reading I could feel the suspense as I anticipated what was going to happen next. There is tragedy in the book for sure, but as the author shows us, God is with us even in the midst of our brokenness and our darkness.

Reviewed by John Lathrop


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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2018

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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