On June 16, 2016, the lights went out on pastor Steve Mickel.
The sudden death of his 21- year-old son plunged him into deep darkness, causing his long-held faith to hang in the balance.
Had everything he’d ever learned and taught about God been a sham? Why would God allow such a catastrophe? What if He’d even caused it?
With refreshing honesty and humble compassion, the author boldly confronts the soul- searching questions we all ask when darkness falls. When you’re trying to navigate your pain, questioning God’s true character and trustworthiness, this book will be your headlamp.
About the Author
Steve Mickel grew up in the home of a pastor, faithfully attending church every week. He graduated from LIFE Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a masters in strategic leadership. The sudden death of his 21-year-old son plunged him into deep despair, and caused him to question whether or not God is trustworthy. All the years of pastoring, church planting, and mission work in Croatia had not prepared him to face the sudden tragedy of his son’s death.
With his wife of over 26 years, Suzanne, their three sons and daughter-in-law, along with an amazing host of friends and family, they navigated the valley of the shadow of death and discovered a deeper and more sustaining trust in Jesus.
Presently, Steve serves as the Lead Pastor at Westside Church in Bend, Oregon and loves spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and enjoying the outdoors. Even through life’s hardships, Steve continues to encourage people to connect with Jesus in meaningful and purpose-filled ways. Steve writes at his blog, stevemickel.com.
Praise for Walking in the Dark
In Walking in the Dark, Steve Mickel goes where few spiritual leaders are willing to go: to the very edge of doubt, fear and pain. His writing is profoundly honest, achingly raw and beautifully hopeful as he guides us through the dark spaces of deep hurt and into the reality of the goodness of God. There are no easy answers here, but for those who find themselves in a dark season of sorrow, there is a trail- tested map to a place called Hope.
Bo Stern, author of Beautiful Battlefield
Steve Mickel’s Walking in the Dark reads a little like Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr., or St. Paul’s writings from prison. The pages herein are drenched with pain, grief, reality, and utter hopefulness. . . The man who wrote this is the same on the stage as he is in the living room. His story is true. His testimony is honest. And his pain is redemptive. A must read for anyone confused by God.
A.J. Swoboda, PhD, professor, pastor, and author of Subversive Sabbath