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'Something Greater': Paula White-Cain's Revelations of Purposeful Pain

'Something Greater': Paula White-Cain's Revelations of Purposeful Pain

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Paula White after an event to celebrate a national day of prayer in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

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Have you ever experienced tragic loss? Unfairness? Betrayal? Abuse?

Has suffering ever made you wonder if there is anything more, anything purposeful, about your life?

Rev. Paula White-Cain is a world-famous pastor who seems like she has the perfect life. Millions listen to her every word and buy her books. President Donald Trump considers her a friend and confidante. Her husband, Jonathan Cain, is one of the most successful rock musicians ever, the writer of Journey’s mega-hit “Don’t Stop Believing,” and is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But she knows divorce as well as stardom, and criticism as well as praise.

In "Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials," Rev. White-Cain reveals, for the first time, how imperfect, violent, and even terrifying her life has been. But this is not a book of wallowing in one person’s purposeless pain. In revealing the tribulations of her early life and the trials she continues to go through now, White-Cain hopes to show others that they are not alone in their suffering — and that something greater can and will emerge from the pain.

Paula White-Cain did not grow up in a churched family and when she lost her father at a very young age, she did not know God. Her family was at turns very affluent and flat broke. There was conflict and violence at home. She was abused.

Hers was a very painful upbringing. But again, this book is not about wallowing in suffering or opening wounds for the sake of generating pity. There is a point to all the revelations. As Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Minister of First Baptist Church of Dallas has pointed out, “Anyone who questions whether they overcome their past mistakes or present hardships will be encouraged by Paula’s fresh reminder of God’s remarkable power to redeem and transform lives.”

Christ suffered for us. He also promised His followers would suffer. Who would ever be so arrogant as to promise anyone that this life would not include moments of real and lasting suffering?

It’s at age eighteen that White first steps out and becomes a Christian. But even as a child she knew, somehow and for some reason, she would be famous. That purpose doesn’t manifest itself until years later when she enters the life and work of a pastor and launches her global, multi-channel, and multi-demographic TV broadcasts. Within a few years of that launch, White receives a phone call from Manhattan. The voice on the other end of the line: real estate mogul Donald J. Trump. Trump proceeds to tell White not only has he been watching her sermons, he quotes them to her. Trump discusses, details and dissects other pastors to a level of detail that astonishes White, both for his eagerness to hear the Gospel and memory for detail and stories. Over the years, Trump becomes a friend and now that he is President of the United States, White-Cain is one of his closest advisers.

This is just one of many surprising turns in "Something Greater." Another surprise: A snap decision she says was inspired by God put her sermons on a local Florida TV station for a mere $300 per month. It was one of those broadcasts, and not the far more expensive national network broadcasts, that Trump saw while flipping channels at Mar-A-Lago.

White-Cain has long been known for her ability to weave stories and scriptures together into a compelling narrative. That skill provides fuel for her ministries and is strongly in evidence in "Something Greater." Her novelistic style and eye and ear for detail carry the reader through story after story that, while often dark and twisted, point to a light, and also point to a purpose behind the pain.

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