Saturday, May 28, 2011

You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson

Having read Bruce Wilkinson's mega bestselling Prayer of Jabez and Secrets of The Vine, I anticipated a book which would inspire and intrigue from beginning to end. I was not disappointed!

Right away, the stories about people who put these principles into practice and connected with others to deliver God's love to those God directed them to helped me understand the mission of You Were Born for This. The mission upheld the fact that God wants all of His children to deliver miracles to others and to remind them of His love and desire to have a personal relationship with all of humanity.

We can be His delivery agents as long as we are willing to be the hands and feet to do the work. Subtitled 7 Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles, this book was delivered in a How To format. My only objection in this entire book was that at times it did feel a bit "methodical" as if God would need His people to approach His Word in a certain way. I know the author did not intend to replace God's directions but some sections could have been left out or abbreviated. One example of this critique was a sort of "infomercial" about the author and his previous books.

This book was an exhortation to live your life as never before. Page 15, "You Were Born For This is a bold initiative to reclaim the miraculous as normal way of life. Through biblical insights, true stories, and practical  how-tos, I'll show you what that new normal could look like for you."

It was written to the born again believer who already has a desire to serve God and be a part of an exciting journey to help others see God. It would be difficult to get through this book if you did not already have a passion for Christ and His Word.

So many great stories which I liken to parables. The stories stuck with me especially the story on page 20 about easter eggs! My all time favorite quote which I will never forget was found on page 102 in the section entitled Getting to the root of fear. I quote, "All of us feel fear when we are about to do something that involves considerable risk. Risk, after all, means there's no guarantee of success. And usually when we feel fear, we don't  proceed. But fear is a fruit, not the root. The root is unbelief in our hearts.  That's why the greatest obstacle to a life marked by miracles is not fear but unbelief."

Yikes. I enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end. I feel I am better prepared to go into all the world and make fishers of men. I am reminded to pray daily to be available and always ask, "What can I do for you?" Then wait for God to do the work!

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