A Different Kind Of Strong Review
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got this book. It’s certainly a world outside my experience. Daniel Trotter became a drug addict about the time he became a teenager, and his life spiraled down from there.
He recounts his teen and young adult years without glamorizing or sugar coating his misadventures and misdeeds. He periodically made attempts to reform himself and change his life, but without success. Eventually though, he did hit his bottom, and realized it was time to pull his life together.
This book follows Daniel through a pivotal turning point in his recovery—a forty-day fast in a state park outside Spokane, Washington. As he goes through this solitary ordeal, he has time not only to ponder on what he wants his life to be, but what his life has been. He intersperses his feelings, impressions and challenges of taking on such a fast with his memories and reflections on his life to this point.
He made it through 30 days before he found the answers he was seeking. Lest you think this is a miracle, happy-ever-after story, the end of the fast was not the end of Daniel’s trials. He still had a few more trials to go through, but he continues to move forward with peace and purpose in his life.
While this book is certainly not “light” reading, it is uplifting and inspirational. I found myself wondering if I would have it in me to fast for 30 days (not likely as I struggle with 24 hours). I cannot imagine what it must have been like for Daniel, both in fasting, and in his earlier unhappy life.
But I can learn from his story, as can all of us. There is hope. If you are still here, you can change whatever it is that is wrong in your life, and return to God’s love, and become whole again.
I recommend A Different Kind Of Strong for adults and older teens who are looking to be inspired and gain strength from Daniel Trotter’s experiences. If I were going to share this with teenagers, I would read it first, or at least with them to discuss the topics in the book. I would not recommend it for pre-teen readers.
A Different Kind Of Strong Summary
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 addiction and depression. He had friends, but life had lost all meaning.
During a radical 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.
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