I have a special treat for you all today. This book came as a thrilling surprise. I didn’t know what to expect. But I surely didn’t expect to receive a nice gift wrapped package that included the paperback and a CD of songs written by the author. Cool!
A Different Kind of Strong is a memoir by author David Trotter about his life lived in addiction. Here’s the synopsis.
On October 14, 2011, Daniel Trotter began a forty-day fast. He was consumed by the question and desperate to know, what do I do? After thirty days in the wilderness, God sent him home with an answer. It was, “Come back to Me.”For decades, Daniel was held in thrall to alcohol, drugs, porn, and depression. He had friends, but life had lost all meaning.During a radical thirty-day fast, Daniel encountered God – and great temptation. Afterward, he lost his wife, and his home, but he gained a new perspective – God’s. He went back to school and graduated with honors. God blessed him with a remarriage to someone who understands his heart and shares his faith. He has found peace and purpose.Daniel found freedom in God’s love and in following God and living according to his precepts. Daniel’s memoir will show you how God can heal every physical, mental and emotional hurt and help you to become whole.
Wow. This man’s story was C-R-A-Z-Y. So different than anything I expected when I picked it up to read. I knew it would be about drug addictions. I didn’t have a clue about the roller-coaster ride his addictions would take him on—from police drug busts to gang confrontations, to jail and a bunch of crazy mess in between. This man has lived a wild, scary life. From the age of 7, he started smoking, and got into heavier drugs pretty quickly after that. The tale is not told dramatically. It’s given pretty simply without a lot of embellishment he could’ve probably put in. But it is a powerful tale of addiction, despair, stop and restarts, subsequent relapses, and ultimately redemption. In a word, it’s a story of hope. If this man, who has seen into the bowels of hell, can be redeemed by God, anyone can. God loves us, even when we are complete screwups (maybe even especially then). I highly recommend this book, just to see a different side of life you maybe had heard about, but probably thought only happened on TV. Addiction and its horrible consequences is real. Read this book. It will exercise your empathy muscles and build your faith in the power of man, when God is with him.
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