Author Jim Maxim does not doubt the existence of hell. He saw it up close. At only eighteen years of age, drugs and alcohol had nearly destroyed him. His young life was spiraling out of control at a rapid pace. But one December night would change his life forever when a near-fatal car crash shattered Jim's face and head. Laying in critical condition in the hospital, Jim was confronted by the personal demons that plagued his life and then found himself face-to-face with Jesus.
Releasing July 5 from Whitaker House publishers, Face to Face with God is the true story of a life restored and redeemed from addiction, self-destruction and rebellion. "I wrote this book for people like the old me who may feel like 'lost causes,'" Maxim said. "I'm living proof God answers prayer, and that absolutely no one is beyond His reach."
Now a successful Philadelphia businessman, husband, father and grandfather, Maxim has dedicated his life to sharing the love and power of Jesus he found at the lowest point in his life. For years he has worked one-on-one with those who can relate to his story, actively volunteering for a variety of inner-city ministries with his wife, Cathy. He and Cathy also founded of Acts413, a ministry dedicated to encouraging Christian pastors and leaders through prayer and discreet ministerial support to those that serve as shepherds to God's people.
Face to Face with God has been endorsed by a variety of Christian leaders including Dr. Jack Hayford, popular pastor and author who writes, "Jim Maxim is a living testimony of God's power to redeem. His journey will inspire you to trust God for release from your captivity."
Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Dr. Herbert H. Lusk II, now a pastor, said, "This book is a must-read—it contains a treasure chest of theological and biblical truths that do not require a professor of theology to unlock. Jim's life is a vindication of hope and faith in the relentless love of God."
Teen Challenge President Don Wilkerson, who wrote the foreword to Face to Face with God said, "Jim's testimony is like those I have witnessed in over fifty years of ministry to the addicted population. Alcohol almost destroyed him. Yet, by the sovereign grace of God, Jesus revealed Himself. Jim was raised up from a hospital bed and today he is a successful businessman who tells his redemptive story in the United States and overseas."
Maxim is founder and president of Maxim Automotive and MaximTrak Technologies which helps automotive retailers and OEM's manage and improve profitability and compliance. Maxim serves on the boards of various ministries including People for People and World Impact and is the chair of The Hope Center, an inner-city crisis pregnancy center. Maxim also works with various mission organizations in Africa, ministering to both pastors and children. Maxim's Acts 413 organization will sponsor their next event for Christian leaders in Philadelphia on August 19, hosted by Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Maxim will be appearing at the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta, July 10-13. For further information, visit www.Acts413.net.