Literary Las Vegas: Benny Perez

It was a few days before Easter, 2010, and Church of South Las Vegas senior pastor Benny Perez’s life was at a high. His wife was pregnant and the church was prospering and poised for expansion. That’s when the storm hit. Perez lays out his troubles from the flatlining of his baby’s heartbeat during a routine ultrasound and the near loss of his wife to the financial crisis’ drag on the church and its members in “More: Discovering the God of More When Life Gives You Less.”

“If you haven’t gone through any storms or difficulties in life, then this book is not for you … yet!” Perez writes in his book’s introduction.

Throughout the book, Perez outlines how faith got him, his family and the members of the church through.

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Excerpt from ‘More: Discovering the God of More When Life Gives You Less’

That is the year I kept asking God the “Why?” questions. I questioned things I had never questioned before. You know what I’m talking about: The questions people say Christians are never supposed to ask — the questions to which we are supposed to already know the answers, because we believe everything that happens in the universe is supposed to make sense to our human minds. They are the questions that lurk in the dark recesses of our conscience, but we never allow to surface because they have the potential to erode our faith. But sometimes you can’t ignore them. They just jump out at you, get in your face, and refuse to be ignored. What do you do when that happens? What do you do when there seems to be nothing but horrible things happening in every direction and heaven seems to have closed for business? What do you do when life has handed you less and the God of More is seemingly silent? What do you do when you keep asking “Why?” and there is no answer?

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