Changed by Faith: Dare to Trust God with Your Broken Pieces . . . and Watch What Happens
Excellent Evangelistic Tool
I am always on the lookout for books to add to our ministry library. Having been in full-time pastoral ministry for 13 years, my husband and I have often been in need of resources to help those who are not yet in the faith but who are seeking, those who are struggling in their faith, and those who want to go deeper into study on their own. I chose Changed by Faith: Dare to Trust God with Your Broken Pieces...and Watch What Happens by Luis Palau with Jay Fordice, hoping it would be a book that could encourage and challenge those who are hurting and discouraged. It is exactly that.
Changed by Faith is full of life-changing stories Ã¢ÂÂ stories of lives that have been radically transformed by faith in Jesus Christ. At first I found the stories a bit much. I was getting the impression that the book was going to focus more on the people Luis had encountered than how to practically make that change. However, as the chapters progressed, more was given.
At times I felt that there were too many pat answers and not enough concrete steps given about how to live an Ã¢ÂÂamazing, world-shaking spiritual journeyÃ¢ÂÂ (taken from the back cover). Also, when giving a defence for the historicity of Scripture and supporting archaeological evidence, it would have been helpful to include footnotes with the sources to encourage further study.
This book is evangelical in nature - not a surprise as Palau is an evangelist. It is geared toward a seeker audience as well as those who are discouraged or stagnant in their faith. There are no new answers given as to how to be changed by faith. I found this refreshing. After all, the gospel hasnÃ¢ÂÂt changed and it is the ultimate guide for our life in Christ.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
March 23, 2011
In his book, "Changed By Faith," Louis Palau strives to demonstrate how a strong faith is the cornerstone to a life changing relationship with God and a powerful witness within the world.
He shares numerous examples, numerous stories, of how he has led people of all ages to Christ, and these are very endearing moments to say the least. He shares of how their lives were different, how their lives were transformed, by the newly found presence of Jesus, by their newly found faith in the Christ that died for them on the cross of Calvary.
These stories, however, while they are heart-wrenching and uplifting, seem to be missing two important aspects of Biblical conversion, repentance and baptism. In his quest to bring the love and forgiveness of Jesus, Louis never mentions that those he spoke with were brought to understand that they were sinners in need of a Savior and baptism.
The deletion of these two aspects of conversion falls within the popular way of presenting the gospel today. While the finding of, relying on, and living out of your faith are admirable, the following of scripture also should taught. The scripture clearly defines the path of salvation, and it is the only path that should be taught or followed.
All in all, this book is a good recommended read, as it does demonstrate what can be accomplished through strong faith, as long as it is followed by the seeking of what the Bible states to be the way to salvation.
Dr. Jeff krupinski
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March 17, 2011
Evangelistic book by an evangelist
Luis Palau is an evangelist, and this is an evangelistic book. The thrust of it is that faith in Jesus is not just something that can be added on to a life, but is something that fundamentally changes it. He directs his writing at various kinds of people who have not made a life-changing commitment to Jesus: skeptics, people who feel that going to church periodically and calling themselves Christians is enough, people who are outwardly successful but inwardly unfulfilled, the addicted, the unloved, the burned-out, the hopeless. To each of those people (and more), he says that the good news of Jesus transforms lives by bringing about personal and social change and bringing beauty from ashes.
Palau (and his co-author, Jay Fordice) tells the stories of many people whom he has met in his years as an evangelist, and these make the book easy and fun to read. I have read several books over the years that lay out the good news of Jesus, and aside from the stories of how faith in Jesus has changed people, this book had nothing new to say. As far as IÃ¢ÂÂm concerned, that is a point in the bookÃ¢ÂÂs favor. After all, the gospel message is not new. The way in which it impacts each life makes for wonderful stories, though, and I appreciated PalauÃ¢ÂÂs emphasis on telling personal stories.
I'd recommend this book to nonbelievers and new believers.
I received a review copy of this book from Tyndale House. I was not asked to give a positive review.
March 15, 2011
A nice little read
I recently had the chance to review this book. It looked interesting and I had never heard of the Author who is a speaker and know worldwide mostly in the Latin community of Latin America. So I knew nothing of him or about him when reading it. I started reading it and was actually drawn into it a little. It is a nice read. He tells from his own life experiences and from others life experiences he has helped along the way. I enjoyed him sharing those stories and how Jesus picks up and puts people back together again. The whole book is centered around how Jesus puts the broken pieces back together again in all of us,if we simply come to trust him in every matter of our life. He can take the worst situations and worst past history or mistakes and put you back together again,just simply by giving your life to Jesus. This is very nice little read.
Thank you Tyndale Publishers for providing this book free of charge for my honest review.
March 4, 2011