Westlake church hosts best-selling faith author
New York Times best-selling author Kevin Malarkey will be the guest speaker at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. Malarkey’s message will draw from his recently-released book, "A Beautiful Defeat: Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God."
There is a gnawing inside all of us that tells us we can be better, that the fulfilling life we desire is within our reach if we just work a little harder. But the message of the cross is different. Jesus died to reconcile us to God so we can die to ourselves and live in total surrender.
“We want to make [surrender] something other than what it is,” Malarkey says. “We’re called to die. It’s going to look different on everyone, but the main thing is that it looks nothing like you.”
By delving into the most pertinent challenges that Christians face but rarely discuss, he shows that our path to God is through and with our struggles, not by sidestepping or hiding them. We can’t always change our circumstances, but we can change our perspective. The key to unlocking our potential and experiencing the peace and purpose we crave is nothing less than total surrender to God.
“Sometimes we really do want to follow Jesus,” Malarkey says, “but we’re coming from a step behind because we’ve let the bad stuff get in the way. We’ve got to get it out, and we tend to see God more clearly when we’re going through hard times, when we’re really hurting.”
When our perspective changes, it is possible to have a life filled with meaning, basking in the pleasure and approval of God.
"A Beautiful Defeat" is Malarkey’s second book. His first book, "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven," spent more than a year on the New York Times best-seller list in 2010 and has been translated into 22 languages. The book chronicles his son Alex’s experiences following a car accident in 2004.
Before his transition to writer and speaker, Malarkey owned a Christian psychotherapy practice, which included counseling with individuals and married couples, as well as work with prisons, group homes and residential treatment facilities. He has an undergraduate degree in sociology and religion and a graduate degree in clinical counseling, and lives with his wife and four children in Huntsville, Ohio.
For more information on the event, contact Rev. Nelson Blount, 440-835-0243, pastornelson@OurCrossPointe.com.
I pastor CrossPointe Community.