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Pastor's Incredible Journey From Rock Bottom Despair to Loving Devotion to God

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Friday, 11 Aug 2017 01:40 PM

A reconnection with one's faith and relationship with God can help ease stress and depression and deliver a natural spiritual boost, Pastor Nicole Crank, leader of the fast-growing Faith Church and author of the new book "Hi God (It's Me Again)" tells Newsmax TV.

"I kind of wrote it for that middle-of-the-night-moment when you're like 'okay, somebody just tell me everything's going to be okay because I'm kind of freaking out,'" Crank said Friday to John Bachman on Newsmax's "America Talks Live."

"You're overwhelmed or you're stressed out or you feel depressed or you feel like 'I've given 110 percent of myself and it's just not enough so 'what do I do now?' or you feel rejected on love."

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Crank, who with her husband David operates three churches in St. Louis, Missouri and one in West Palm Beach, Florida, said her book is geared to read aloud.

"'Hi God it's me again. I'm so mad right now I just want to hit somebody but I know that's not going to help but I don't know what to do.' So it's designed to just read that out loud and take you from the problem to help to the resolution," Crank said.

"It's basically an icebreaker with God on a topic but it also gives some promises of God so that it lifts up your soul and gives you some anchors, some handles to wear. You might have felt like you were being overwhelmed in like an ocean of problems, so this is built to hopefully be part of a life saver."

Crank — whose church was named as one of the top 10 most influential churches in America by Newsmax Magazine — said people who attend services sometimes believe pastors have had cushy lives and do not speak from experience.

Not so with Crank.

"Mine was more like one of those Kentucky Fried Chicken's sporks and a couple of the tongs were broken and it was used before. That's kind of how life started for me. I was given up by my father before I was born, adopted by my stepdad when I was three," she said.

"I was molested in fourth grade [and] raped by a community service worker when I was 13. So I go into this new high school, rejected … alone and … I'm going to do whatever it takes to be popular and be liked. That means going to the parties, doing all the wrong things with all the wrong people and all the wrong boys. I became a pregnant, unwed mom at 17.

During her first marriage, a prescription medicine addiction turned into cocaine habit then crack cocaine addiction. The marriage turned violent.

"[There was] a divorce, a restraining order, a bankruptcy, a foreclosure and literally going into hiding in life because he … kept trying to find me … So I had to actually leave my life to live life'' she said.

"I ended up in Florida and I was living in a hotel for cash. I was working at a diner for cash and that's when that was my first 'hi, God it's me again.' And I'm back in one of these lonely messes and I don't want to be alone anymore," she said.

"And I really feel that God gave me the courage to go back and face life, face my ex-husband, face the danger of the situation and to come back into life and actually live again. That's what I see with people so many times. They're making a living and they're going through but they're not having a life.

"Even though they're waking up every morning and there's a family and there's a job but they don't have a life. And that's what people are really supposed to enjoy. That's what life is for is to have, to enjoy, to have peace no matter where you're at."

Then she met David, who was a worship leader at his pastor father's church. They hit it off, got married and went on to found Faith Church 14 years ago.

"We have about 18,000 active members. We have three churches in St. Louis, one in West Palm Beach, and the television ministry is growing," she said.

In addition to six weekly services that are streamed online, both pastors maintain their own personal blogs, in which they share encouraging daily insights, anecdotes of family life with their two kids, and uplifting spiritual stories.

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