"Whatever You Face, I Will Be With You!"

CIU President Mark Smith co-authors book with Professor Terry Powell
November 23, 2020

God Speaks Through Pain, and He Does Not Stutter!

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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 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 renowned 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. 

Early Feedback by Readers

“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

Christianbooks.com: https://www.christianbook.com/dying-redeems-pain-good-his-glory/9781642799903/pd/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Oh-God-Im-Dying-Redeems/dp/1642799904/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=9781642799903&qid=1591646064&sr=8-1

BarnesandNoble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oh-god-im-dying-terry-powell/1136378638?ean=9781642799903