Because of You, I Lost Everything!: True Stories Told from the Eyes of a Missionary Kid (Paperback)

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Because of You, I Lost Everything!: True Stories Told from the Eyes of a Missionary Kid By Dawn Darnell Darnell (Contribution by), Jr. Darnell, Jim H. Cover Image

Because of You, I Lost Everything!: True Stories Told from the Eyes of a Missionary Kid (Paperback)


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Young Adult Christian Non-Fiction Category!  


Life is full of uncomfortable situations that may cause a person to question the validity of God or the reasons behind their pain. BECAUSE OF YOU I LOST EVERYTHING is full of true stories about Rev. Jim Darnell Jr. and his missions in Africa with his Father.  Through scriptures and personal stories, it becomes evident that only when everything is lost, can we truly find God.  Rev. Jim Darnell counts more than 62 churches across Africa, South America, and North America that his parents physically created themselves. Jim's entire life was spent watching God work miracles in the lives of people across the world. 

Through The missionaries, Jim learned at a young age to live for God and spread love like Christ.  His father taught that a life lived for personal dreams is a selfish, un-Godly life that leads to soul poverty.  Also, getting saved quickly in the end, only to die "safely", is not the purpose for salvation--The purpose for salvation, according to Rev. James Darnell is to live a life for God and only God and only then is true salvation present.  When salvation is rushed on a dying person, they never experience the joys God provides the souls when salvation is part of life.  

Today, people work all day, spend most of their time away from family, come home to their big houses full of endless comfort and convenience and keep wanting more.  Many of these people endlessly buy and want more, yet never feel fulfilled.  BECAUSE OF YOU I LOST EVERYTHING strips down the human lifestyle to bare minimum.  It shows that life is not about the material items surrounding a person, but how they live for others and fill their soul with love from God.  Only then will they be fulfilled. Losing everything is really losing nothing and gaining everything through God and his salvation. 

Rev. Jim Darnell, Sr., may he rest in peace, carried forth God's values to Rev. Jim Darnell, Jr. and the lessons learned in Jim's entire lifetime are passed on in BECAUSE OF YOU, I LOST EVERYTHING.  Worth the read!  

yes  STAFF PICK and Recommended by the ICBA Panel of Judges! 


This book is in the makings of a TV mini-series
  • 2023 - OFFICIAL SELECTION - Christian Book Awards
  • 2023 - GOLD - ADULT / NON-FICTION - Christian Book Awards
  • 2023 - GOLD - TEEN / NON-FICTION - Christian Book Awards
  • 2023 - GOLD - YOUNG ADULT - Inscriptions Christian Book Awards
  • 2023 - DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE - NONFICTION - Independent Press Award
  • 2023 - WINNER - BIOGRAPHY - Purple Dragonfly Book Award
  • 2023 - WINNER - MISSIONS - Illumination Christian Book Awards
  • 2023 - BRONZE - RELIGION-CHRISTIANITY - The Bookfest Awards
  • 2022 - WINNER - NEW AUTHOR - Story Monster Royal Dragonfly
Taken to Africa as a boy, Jim revisits the moving of the Spirit, the making of spiritual giants, and how his parents started 62 churches. He also tells bizarre adventures growing up in a foreign country. Some of the stories are: lost in Africa without money; eating fruit bats; show me the worst of the worst; being the 11-yard-long python's snack; baptizing with the crocodile; what is the stick, rope, and bucket for; the curse and the caretaker; and much more. This is Jim's autobiography.

Born in Dallas, Jim spent his childhood in West Africa as a missionary kid. Jim has pastored three churches and serves as a missionary to Ivory Coast. A teacher of 23 years in math, French, and Spanish. His university degrees are a BS in Mathematics, a Master of Divinity, a Master of Secondary Education, and a Master of Educational Technology.

Rev. Dawn Renee Darnell is a globally recognized photographer and artist. Ms. Darnell has art exhibits in galleries in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United States, Expo Metro, and Art Basel. She has won 11 international photography awards. Mrs. Darnell has been honored in Marquis Who's Who, Marquis Top Professional, and in the Millennium Magazine. She is a member and Juror of the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), which judges the Communicator, Davey, and w3 awards.

Together, Jim and Dawn Renee have won 23 book awards.
Product Details ISBN: 9798839663510
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: July 5th, 2022
Pages: 298
Language: English