Echoes of Darkness: A Survivor's Story of Healing and Hope
|by Jadie Hager / David Hager|
| Retail: $16.95|
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Pub Date: September 2019
Item Number: 072379
Categories: Christian Living; Missions and Evangelism
A missionary family, a violent attack, and one woman’s brave determination to break free from trauma. Jadie’s story is one of forgiveness, hope, healing, and victory in Christ.
When she was a young girl in the 1980s, Jadie (and her missionary family) experienced a brutal attack while on the island of Palau in the South Pacific. That one hellish night left her physically, emotionally, and spiritually damaged. Jadie had the choice to live the life of a victim or to walk the hard road of healing that leads to wholeness in Christ. Though she faced physical injury, emotional scarring (including avoidance, memory loss, and regression), and spiritual attacks (including hopelessness, lack of identity, flashbacks, night terrors, and paralyzing fear of a “man in black”), Echoes of Darkness is a story of hope. Only by learning her true identity in Christ, learning the true meaning of forgiveness, and learning how to rightly apply faith and her authority in Christ to her situation was she able to move from victim to victor and experience a life of true freedom and complete wholeness.
No missionary story I have written is more heartrending than the account of the savage attack on the Beebe family in the islands of Palau. But as dark as the story is, the shining light of God’s forgiveness manifested through this wonderful family is an even greater testimony. In a day when so many are abused and greatly wronged, the message of Jadie (Beebe) Hager’s book is timely and will bring healing and freedom. I highly recommend this book to every believer, especially those who have suffered deep and enduring pain.—Randy Hurst, Communications Director, Assemblies of God World Missions
Shortly after the vile attack on her family when Jadie was only eleven, Jadie’s parents told their story in the church I then pastored. I have never forgotten what Jadie’s missionary dad said that day to our church family: “The Bible does not say ‘We feel that in all things God works for the good.’ But rather, ‘We know that in all things God is working for the good’ (Romans 8:28). Our knowings must be deeper than our feelings.” Now, thirty years later, Jadie shares a riveting account of the violent assault and its aftermath—the journey toward wholeness and forgiveness, the good that God has worked. Echoes of Darkness is grounded in biblical truth lived out through experience. I couldn’t put her book down. It is a must-read for anyone who has experienced trauma, loss, violence, or injustice, or for anyone who seeks to minister to a loved one with deep physical and/or emotional wounds.—Dr. George O. Wood, former General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God
Though awful and appalling things were done to Jadie and her family while they were faithfully serving the Lord, Jadie’s story is one of victory, not defeat. She writes as a victor, not a victim. Her total trust in the Lord to redeem our heartbreaking experiences is revealed in sentences like this: “Our life is like clay. Clay that is left to the effects of the environment will become dry, then hard and brittle, eventually becoming useless. Clay that is surrendered to the Potter’s hand will be molded and stretched, but finally used for a purpose designed by the Potter.” You’ll want to read this book and share it with your friends and family.—John M. Palmer, President, EMERGE Counseling Services, Akron, Ohio
Jadie has lived a life of ministry from her early years as a missionary with her parents in the South Pacific. She met her husband, David, during an overseas discipleship training program, and they were married in 1996. Together they have ministered in active duty military and as local church pastors. Jadie’s story of victory in Christ has been a light to many as she speaks around the country and overseas at churches and conferences. Her favorite topics are forgiveness, hope, healing, spiritual authority, identity in Christ, faith, and marriage. Currently Jadie lives and ministers in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and their four children