“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned: struck down, but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-8
I have been waiting and waiting to share this amazing book with all of you! I can’t think of a better time than Christmas to give you all the gift of knowing this beautiful woman’s story. Boy, do I wish I could give one of her books to each and everyone of YOU! But since I cannot, I decided to celebrate this Christmas season of giving by having a book giveaway.
I watched the powerful video below of Patti talking about her life story a few months ago. I had the honor of being one of the first to watch it, while it was still in the editing phase. Even then, I knew that what I had seen and heard from Patti would be life-changing for me. I finished watching the video with tears streaming down my face and chills covering my body. I became very passionate about sharing her story, and even felt frustrated that I had to wait until the book came out and the video was done!
There is so much that struck me about watching and hearing Patti’s story. It is very rare to see someone who has overcome the challenges Patti has, yet still see joy and peace in their life. Peace & joy just flow from Patti. Patti has shown me exactly what it looks like to love our God with a giddy love (she even gives a giddy giggle in the video a couple times, so watch for it..it is my favorite!) It is a passionate, intimate and trusting love. She also showed me what it looked like to just hold on, as she grasped tight, pushed back, and found peace despite the extreme pressures life brought..
Some of the pressures that Patti has overcome?
~physical and sexual abuse
~ living with a chronic pain and a brain injury from an auto accident
~depression and homelessness.
Yes, she has had her share of life’s pressures, but what peace she has found in the midst of them.
When I finally got my hands on her book, Finding Peace in the Pressure Cooker, the timing was perfect. If you have been following along, you know that since mid-October I have been going through breast cancer reconstruction surgery. It was a much longer process than we thought it would be, with many, many complications. Reading Patti’s book truly helped get me through it all, and reminded me to keep giving my concerns and burdens to God. I found myself highlighting many pages as I read.
Here are some of her words that really touched me:
“That’s Mom; she was never going to change. But something changed inside me. I had gained new ground by standing up to her, and I was healed of the emotional injury that day in church. I was never going to let her bully me again. She tried, but I stood my ground for the next eight years.”
“Then the Lord spoke to my heart telling me to make a choice: I could either carry the offense of my Mom’s actions or carry the burden of her lost soul. The choice was mine to make. What was it going to be? I felt a strong burden for Mom’s soul.”
“…if I carried fear, resentment, and malice—then these emotions would keep me from sensing his presence.”
“What have I told you that you can do with all your burdens?” I answered him, “You said I can give all my burdens to you.” God promises he will not just walk with us when we are burdened, but that he would also take our burdens upon himself. Isn’t he amazing? I love him so. I was instantly released of the heaviness in my heart, and peace took its place.”
Patti writes with an honesty that I could relate to. She is authentic and vulnerable. I kept finding myself nodding my head at the book in my hands…I could so identify with her feelings. Her honesty was very refreshing.
Here are some examples:
“Angry people frightened me.”
“Personal criticism made me defensive.”
“My life was shaped by the demands of the people around me, and I lost all sense of my own identity.”
“I confused love with pity by protecting the addicted or depressed people in my life, rescuing them from their problems.”
“I felt responsible for the damaged people in my life and tried hard to help them change their behavior or attitudes.”
“I trusted the addicted or depressed person’s promises, even if he or she had broken countless promises before.”
“I had unhealthy boundaries and couldn’t say no without feeling guilty.”
“I avoided pain by working, spending, serving, and clowning around—anything to not feel.”
Can you relate to any of these things? I know I could…most ALL of them. Patti tells us how she overcame and found peace.
I will end this with some of my favorite words from Patti:
What drives me to sit before women? I love to get eye to eye with them so they can see into my heart. I share the pressures of life, not to pick a scab, not to trigger anything, but just to show them that I understand pressures of life–prolonged, consistent pressures that can crush you–but because of what we have in God, because of the empowering of His word & His promises, we can push back from the inside out.
Maybe our surroundings won’t change, but we change. This is the God I serve. He changes the conditions inside my heart. He didn’t take me out of anything, He kept me in everything. I’ve been hit by cancer, I’ve been hit by cars, I’ve been tied in chairs, I’ve had my nose torn open–but I’m NOT going to be quiet about my God. The world has done alot to us, but my God has taken it back by His design. You CAN have peace in this pressure cooker world.
Get to know Patti Davis:
Don’t forget to watch the video above!