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Explore the places where God’s presence meets life’s pain. Find hope and new life.

With unbridled honesty, pastor Jorge Acevedo explores the “caves” we all experience in life – anger, fear, depression, temptation, grief, hopelessness, and death – and how these caves can be a surprising place where we discover hope, redemption, and space to be with God.

Life is unpredictable, messy, and hard – and most of us are ill-equipped to deal with the difficult seasons of life. We live in denial and avoid our emotions, turn to addictions and compulsions to numb the pain, or try to white knuckle our way through it (because we think that’s what “good Christians” do).

But the truth is that the only way out of pain is through it. We have to walk into the caves of life– the painful experiences and emotions that are part of being human – because when we do, we find that God wants to meet us there.

In Everybody Needs Some Cave Time, pastor Jorge Acevedo explores with unbridled honesty the “caves” we all experience in life – anger, fear, depression, temptation, grief, hopelessness, and death – and the way that these caves can be a surprising place where we find hope, redemption, and space to be with God.

Weaving together powerful anecdotes from people in Scripture; personal stories of addiction, recovery, loss, and healing; and a wise faith that has withstood the ups and downs of life, Acevedo connects us to our own humanity and the humanity of Jesus who invites us into the cave of resurrection where we can find new life.

Everybody Needs Some Cave Time will help you embrace the messiness of life, live in the tension of pain and joy, and discover how God can form your character even in dark seasons. Without denying, dismissing, or avoiding pain, you will learn how to use it to develop more capacity for hope and a spiritual resilience that will transform you into the person you were created to be.

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Jorge Acevedo

Jorge Acevedo is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida. Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America.

Previously, he served as Executive Pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Florida; and as the Minister of Youth and Children at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

Born in Puerto Rico, Jorge moved with his family to the United States at the age of four months. At age 17, he was touched by the grace of God and rescued from a life of addictions, and his life has never been the same. His greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church.

Jorge is a 1984 graduate of Asbury College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Bible. He is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. Jorge was ordained as a Deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in May 1986 and as an Elder in May 1990.

Jorge was the 2001 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award from the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 2007, he was named the Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2009, the Foundation for Evangelism named Jorge the 2009 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

Jorge co-authored Sent: Giving the Gift of Hope at Christmas. He also authored Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World, and co-authored The Heart of Youth Ministry. He haswritten for the United Methodist Publishing House, Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine, and Our Faith Today.

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We all want to avoid pain, tragedy, and negative experiences, but they’re an inevitable part of life. When we are faced with suffering, we can either allow it to make us jaded or we can walk into it and discover why it’s a surprising place where we can meet God. Everybody Needs Some Cave Time is not a “how to get out of the cave” book. It’s an encouraging resource filled with vulnerable insights and practical guidance for your unique pilgrimage through life – a sacred journey of formation, redemption, and hope.

If you’ve ever felt exhausted from trying to keep it all together when life is falling apart, if you’ve watched the “Sunday School” answers collapse under the weight of real life, if you’ve wondered if you can hold onto faith and still be fully human, this book is an invitation to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly of life and come out stronger on the other side.

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Meet God in the dark places of life. Find hope, healing, and redemption.

Everybody Needs Some Cave Time will help you embrace the messiness of life, live in the tension of pain and joy, and discover the surprising ways that God shows up in dark places.

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