Healing Unplugged: Conversations and Insights from Two Veteran Healing Leaders
I have read many books on the ministry of healing. There are many that are good, but I've found there are few that truly are incredible. "Healing Unplugged" is one of the few. After reading this book, it not only fills you with incredible insight and wisdom, it inspires you. Honestly, after reading this book, you will be stripped of every excuse the next time a person in a wheel chair crosses your path.
Matthew 10:8 and Proverbs 4:7
July 23, 2012
Many experiences, practically no Bible at all.
"Healing: Unplugged" is a book with a unique format: two interviews with two friends who have been involved in the healing ministry for many years, and who have worked alongside each other, as well as well-known leaders worldwide. Bill Johnson and Randy Clark converse and share memories.
I am having a hard time finding an adequate descriptor for some of the ideas exposed in this book. For instance, the authors mention that they were wondering how to start/continue their ministry in an effective way - nothing wrong with this - and that their example was other people's way of doing things, even words, positions and gestures. I cannot but wonder where the Bible was left during this process. Now, please understand that I value other people's example, but when it comes to Biblical doctrine, the foundation cannot be human experience. Another example is when Bill Johnson describes an extraordinary experience one night; he started by saying he was still learning about recognizing spiritual events, when he felt something he would assume to be due to an "angelic presence" (p.67). I kept reading, curious to find more about that presence, but he never said anything else about it. I then started wondering what source that angelic presence came from - God or Satan. Once more, no support from the Bible, just personal experience and reference to other people's experience. Randy Clark also describes supernatural experiences, like heat waves or warmth that made him feel at peace.
In other words, the focus of both interviews is the miraculous; the main search of the experiences described is healing. Throughout the pages, there is no mention about teaching/discipleship, nor encouragement to know God and get closer to him. Moreover, salvation, the most wonderful miracle there could ever be, is set aside.
I would strongly discourage people from reading this book; healing is wonderful, and it a precious blessing God bestows on some people. However, as wonderful as it is, it should never be the core of any christian ministry nor the motivation for people to know about God. If someone is interested in knowing more about Mr. Johnson and Mr. Clark, this would be a good alternative to a traditional biography.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of a review. In no way has this biased my opinion on the book or on the authors.
July 23, 2012
Healing: Unplugged: By Bill Johnson and Randy Clark. In this book we have the opportunity to hear from two greats in the faith about their walks with God and how they got to where they are today! Its filled with lessons learned, amazing stories of healing and how God spoke to them and more. My husband and I are avid listeners of Bill Johnson's sermons and I believe have read almost all the books he has written! He has such amazing insight into scripture and revelation that will just blow your mind! I loved hearing about how he got to where he was and how God called him to pastoring in Redding. Randy Clarks testimony on how God called him was just amazing! I think we can all relate to these people and what they've gone through. Its amazing how God can take normal people and make them do extraordinary things. It took a while to get through this book as my husband kept snapping it up to read as well! Its one that will definitely be going in our personal library, it has been so helping that my husband is even considering buying copies to give out to the volunteer's in his area in our church! I highly highly recommend this book!!!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House
July 21, 2012
this is a very interesting book, well written, and full of biblical truth. The book is set up in 2 sections, the authors interview each other, and it is basically 2 conversations about a subject they have deep knowledge and experience in, and yet are very humble about...healings. I have to admit, sometimes the candor in which they write about seeing the deaf hear and the paralyzed walk struck me as unnerving, and yet, I fully believe that if I had seen what they have seen I would be able to speak with confidence about it as well. Both men are so clear to remind the reader throughout the discussion that it is God who is doing the work, and as they fumble through their role it is, God blesses their desire to be obedient, even when they (in hind sight) would change things.
June 29, 2012