God is Able
Great encouragement to believe God is able
You are in a tough spot and you cry out to God. You wonder if God can actually do it. Oh, you believe in the power of God Ã¢ÂÂ theoretically Ã¢ÂÂ when it's someone else's problem. But what about when it is you who needs the power of God? Do you have faith in God's ability/willingness to take care of you?
Priscilla takes us through Ephesians 3:20-21 phrase by phrase. She tells some pretty amazing stories about what God has done in her life and the lives of others. But she is quick to note that God has not always answered her prayers the way she requested. She's been disappointed, confused, unsure.
Priscilla handles well this issue of God not answering our prayers the way we want. Paraphrasing her, whether God chooses to do something is a question of His sovereignty, not His ability. Whether or not He will do it is His business. Believing that He can is our business.
God has not always changed her circumstances but He has changed her. Ã¢ÂÂSometimes His best work is not what He does for us but what He does inside us,Ã¢ÂÂ she writes. She has confidence that God is able. Because He is able, because He is love, we can be secure in any situation.
This is a very practical book. It is short and very powerful. Priscilla's writing style is so contagious, you'll be encouraged as I was. In fact, why don't you go read Ephesians 3:20-21 right now and start believing.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
November 29, 2013
I Came Away Encouraged
God is Able studies Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Paul wrote Ephesians 3:20-21 when he was imprisoned, it seems more likely that he would write a litany of his suffering as David did in many Psalms. Instead, Paul found hope in God apart from his circumstances.
I reviewed a book by author Priscilla Shirer several years ago, published by Moody Press--publisher of learned treatises on Christian truth. I found that book, though valuable and useful, a little dry.
But Moody editors must have removed her personality. God Is Able gives a glimpse of an attractive woman who lives her faith. She writes as she probably speaks.The reader will find no dryness here.
She understands discouragement and trouble, but has come through it more in love with Christ than in all her life as a preacherÃ¢ÂÂs daughter. God is Able is not self-help. If you follow these five steps it will all be fixed. There isnÃ¢ÂÂt a single step to follow (unless you count turning your life completely over to God).
I came away from God Is Able encouraged, and determined to pray bigger to a bigger God than any of us can imagine.
One point of disagreement; it has become fashionable to stick the title in the middle of the page with no other decoration and call it a cover. I miss the days of beautiful covers. There is no reason to choose this book in a bookstore.
Priscilla Shirer is the daughter of Dr. Tony Evans and a busy writer and speaker in her own right.
I received this book from the author's representative. I have not met the author and I receive no pay for any review. This is my opinion.
November 25, 2013
Nothing is impossible with God
Using Ephesians 3:20-21 (Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.), Priscilla Shirer breaks down the verses to show that God is up to great things in our lives. Whatever it is that you need to bring to God is the very thing that God is able to do beyond what we ask of Him.
In "God is Able", Shirer testifies to God's ability by sharing her own personal experiences openly and honestly. God is always able to perform great things in our lives by using our adversities and troubles. We often look for God to rid us of our troubles, but instead He uses them to strengthen our faith and our character.
Shirer offers us confidence and hope in "God is Able", a powerful book filled with life-changing wisdom for those who will hear and receive. God's miracles don't always make headlines. Sometimes they are our own personal testimony that God cares about you and is able to do great things in your life.
I appreciate Shirer's honesty and openness. Even though some of her stories have been used in previous books, I found them encouraging.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
November 19, 2013