Book Review: Healing in God’s Time (Donna Clark Goodrich)

donnaEven though he spent several years in the Speer Family band, Dave Clark is one of those names you might not know unless you read album credits. But if you do read album credits, you know that—even if he’s primarily known for over twenty #1 CCM hits—the list of Southern Gospel songs he’s written or co-written over nearly four decades is a mile long. His Southern Gospel cuts include:

  • As if the Cross Was Not Enough (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Closer to You (Cathedrals, Speer Family)
  • Crucified With Christ (Booth Brothers)
  • He Forgets (Legacy Five)
  • I’ve Been There (The Statesmen, Jake Hess)
  • Mercy Came Running (Gold City)
  • Nothin’ But Good (Mike LeFevre Quartet)
  • One More Hallelujah (Florida Boys, Speer Family)
  • Over The Horizon (Ball Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Standing On The Promises (The Martins)
  • A Strange Way to Save the World (Brian Free & Assurance, Hope’s Call)
  • That’s What I Am (Gold City)

Through his teen years, he traveled around Michigan on weekends, singing Gospel Music with his sisters. They went by The Clark Family. Over time, his passion for songwriting grew to the point that he moved to Nashville at age 17 to pursue his dream. But even before the move, he began to have issues with chronic throat sores, so severe that he was hospitalized numerous times. These health battles continued through his with The Speer Family and well into his full-time songwriting career.

Healing in God’s Time was written by his aunt, Donna Clark Goodrich. She tells the story of how these severe health issues shaped his faith and his songwriting, and how God eventually brought healing. Even if you didn’t know any of his songs, it would still be a remarkable story—but add his story to his songs, and you have a story you won’t forget for years.

Credits: Washington, DC: Believe Books, 2009. Review copy provided.

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  1. Thanks for the review, Daniel. I’m praying the book will be an encouragement to many, no matter what they’re going through. The book can also be ordered through me. See my web site at: http://www.thewritersfriend.net

    • Thanks! I had not been sure where it could be purchased.

  2. It’s also available on Amazon and ChristianBook.com, which by the way, is a great source for books on many subjects, as well as Christian fiction of every genre. They also carry Southern Gospel CDs, although not as many as I’d like! Daniel – I’m fairly new to your blog, but I enjoy it immensely. Thank you!

    • Patricia – Neat! And I’m so glad that you enjoy it here! Thanks!

  3. Two of my all time favourite SG songs are He’s All I Can Not Be and In God’s Own Time both recorded by the Speers and written by Dave Clark. Neither of these songs are well known in the SG genre but I still love and enjoy them after all these years. I had no idea of the health issues that he had faced. When you are an observer and all you see is happy smiling performers who look like they’re having the time of their life onstage, you don’t stop to think about pain they may be suffering.

    • Yes, he was sick for 19 years with a throat disease called apthous stomatitis. 29 doctors at Mayo Clinic didn’t know of a cure–until God stepped in. Those are two of my favorite songs too.