The stories in this book, especially at the beginning, made me long for what they have. By the end, I wasn't sure the result was what the authors intended. They kept saying how they wanted to connect people directly to God and get out of the way so God got the glory for what happened. Excellent!
Except, by the end, I felt like their retreat center was a unique and special place that I wished I could go to so I could meet God in a powerful way rather than feeling like I could meet God like that anywhere. I was left thinking how amazing being a part of that must be, not "glory to God! Look at the amazing things He's done!" So did the book really achieve what the authors set out to do?
Many of the chapters were about what's going on at their retreat center, so there was a chapter on miraculous physical healings, another on visions and manifestations, etc. Woven between these were chapters that slowly described how the author and his wife came to run the center and how things developed over time. I found some parts confusing. Maybe a Charismatic christian would understand all of the "church speak" he uses, but I was left never quite certain what he meant by certain words or phrases or why he did things certain ways (like how he went about "praying" for healing).
So praise God for what He's doing at the retreat center and through the author's many projects. But the book only left me with longing...it didn't actually connect me into a closer, deeper relationship with God.
My pastor strongly recommended this book and is one of three books being read for our Lenten studies. During my first reading my spirit was stirred within me. Oh how I long to experience God moving like this in my church and community! I have already recommended this book to a couple of friends.