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Trade Paperback
224 pages
May 2005
Kregel Publications

Experiencing the Great I Am: 40 Faith-Building Stories from Contemporary Christians

by Bryant & Cindy Heflin

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Each of us has differing breaking points as we cope with life. Heart and faith-tearing problems impact all Christians. A collection of very recognizable battles with despair, Experiencing the Great I Am will strengthen you for your battle.

A woman trapped as her house burnt; three people menaced by a gun-toting, rage-filled driver; Christian parents whose beloved daughter has chosen to follow the world to destruction; a piano inherited from a drunken grandfather; a blasted dream, a baseball mad son, and desperation; these are but a few of the 40 accounts which make up this book.

Divided into eight sections--experiencing God's faithfulness, power, presence, mercy, sovereignty, love, compassion, and graciousness--the reader will find faith-building narratives ranging from coping with disabilities to receiving these wounds, from losing children by death to losing loved ones by sin, from everyday desperation to once-in-a-lifetime horrors. Whether commonplace or unusual, all of the experiences contain the joy out of despair which only a growing relationship with our Lord can bring. The closing chapter invites the reader to walk with Jesus on the journey of a lifetime.

Editors Bryant and Cindy Heflin, ministry workers and speakers, have wisely chosen the narratives which make up Experiencing the Great I Am. The contributors to this book range from well-known Christian personalities to everyday people like you and me. It takes time to read each story, get beyond its first impact, and let the Lord apply it to my life. Christians will definitely receive a blessing as they read. Babes in Christ will mature and be prepared for their own times of trial. Seekers into Christianity will find much to help them. Anyone who gets into Experiencing the Great I Am will be impacted. Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Adversity is inevitable. Pain, trouble, and heartache strike each of us. Life guarantees it and the Bible confirms it. Jim Cymbala, Chonda Pierce, Michael W. Smith, Beth Moore, Lee Strobel, Steven Curtis Chapman, and other Christians you will recognize reveal the moments when the Great I Am proved His faithfulness to them and how He turned adversity into an invitation to meet Him on a new level.

This collection of stories from people facing problems of every degree is a powerful testimony that God is faithful, all-powerful, infinitely compassionate, and most importantly--ever present.

These inspiring personal accounts will not only calm your anxious heart and bolster fragile faith--but also ignite a passion in your life for a deeper relationship with God.