What Belief Can Do
How God Turned My Pain into Power and Tragedy into Triumph--and How He Can Do the Same for You
“Riveting.” -Publishers Weekly
God can-and will-change anything.
In the early 1960s, Ron Archer was born to a teenage single mother in the inner city of Cleveland. The result of an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy, he was nearly aborted by those who wanted to take advantage of his mother. Ron was abused by a babysitter, teased unmercifully by classmates for his stuttering, and abandoned by an unloving stepfather. At age ten, he put a loaded snub-nosed revolver to his head and pulled the trigger.
The gun didn’t fire.
With the help of a heroic teacher who introduced him to the Bible, Ron discovered Jesus Christ and finally found his voice. Now a celebrated public speaker, he reaches out to others who are in despair, sharing the hope that can only come from God.
In What Belief Can Do, you, too, can discover how God can transform your pain into power-and your tragedy into triumph.
Published: February, 2020
In his gritty debut, inspirational speaker Archer shares the story of his hardscrabble childhood and how it brought him to God’s grace. Born in 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio, Archer faced a litany of obstacles growing up: his teenage former prostitute mother had attempted to abort him; his home life is rife with abuse; he is sexually abused by a neighbor; and classmates ridicule him for his stutter. At the age of 10, he unsuccessfully attempts suicide. But a teacher changes the trajectory of Archer’s life by helping him master the spoken word-and find faith in God. With his newfound sense of identity, purpose, and community, 16-year-old Archer becomes a part-time preacher at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Cleveland, where he helps lead his sister and mother to faith. Archer, who is African-American, then becomes senior class president and valedictorian of his 98% white private school. Peppered with observations on the cycle of poverty and racial prejudice-and how he overcame both-Archer’s memoir is riveting, instructive, and will appeal to Christian readers looking for an inspirational story.
Ron Archer’s story is captivating. As a “trick baby,” his life was miraculously spared, and there’s no question in my mind, it was for God’s kingdom purpose. Ron is one of the most gifted communicators I know. I believe with his eyes fixed on Jesus and with a love for God and all his neighbors, he can help lead the too-often overlooked and “least of these” into a Promised Land life. He has supernaturally been transformed by the power of the gospel, and he wants everyone to experience the divine encounter Jesus referred to as being “born from above.” I don’t think you’ll be able to put this book down, and everyone who cares about the future of freedom will want to hear him share not only his heart, but the heart of his heavenly Father.
-James Robison, Founder and President of LIFE Outreach International