Friday, September 30, 2011

Chad Varga, If You Only Knew

I woke yesterday with what I can only describe as what I think swallowing razor blades might feel like. As the day progressed a slight fever and headache followed. To say my schedule was slightly rearranged would be correct. I had planned to spend the entire day editing.
My girlfriend called offering to drop off "the book" I showed interest in reading.
Chad Varga entered the picture. I spent the day getting to know all about this young man's life.
From the first page of his book, "If You Only Knew" I was hooked. I read with tears in my eyes what this "child" endured. He shared his life growing up with a Mother was was hooked on both drugs and alcohol.
It seemed fitting that just a day or so ago I wrote about teenagers who complain about "nothing". Ones who have not lived with abuse. They need to walk in Chad's shoes.
This man shares his love of the Lord. He explains how the Holy Spirit moved time after time in his life.
If you haven't read this book I highly recommend it. Whether you grew up with a Mother who was an addict, or perhaps a Father who was an addict, or if your life was less than perfect, Chad shares, if he could do it, so can you.
His love of the Lord is contagious. What a blessing reading his book is. I'm praying for his ministry. I'm praying for him. Let me know if you've heard him speak.
What an inspiration you are to me Chad Varga. 

7 comments:

Joylene said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, Katt. Thanks for sharing. I'm putting it on my list. God Bless.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Joy, It's hard to believe what he went through---and turned out the way he did, encouraging teens! He could have made millions playing basketball, but he took a different path..... Great book about a faithful follower of the Lord....

Carol J. Garvin said...

You're the second person who has raved about this book. I'm going to have to get my hands on it! We spend too much time complaining about the trivialities in our days. Sometimes it's good to take time to walk in someone else's shoes. Thanks, Katt.

Carol J. Garvin said...

P.S. -- Hope that nasty sore throat cleared up quickly.

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Carol,
I think one of the reason's this book grabbed me, is I've been troubled by the attitude of our young people. They live a "charmed" life---Chad Varga had something to complain about---an abusive alcoholic, drug addicted mother, whose boyfriends beat her almost to death--in front of her children, but yet Chad chose the "other" path. He is leading children to Christ, not complaining about "his scars"......

dalees107 said...

You KNOW I love this post!!! I love working with Chad in bringing the Christian community together to reach the youth of our county!

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Debbie,
And you KNOW I am so incredibly proud of you for doing it!