Learning to Soar: How to Grow through Transitions and Trials
This is a very inspirational book and it teaches a Christian how to Soar with God, when many need to become more active in growing their faith.
June 3, 2011
Synopsis: How to grow through Transition and Trials. A constant reminder for todays Christian living, from the relationship between an eaglet and its parent. I quite enjoyed reading the book as it leaves one with that "tantalizing after-taste derived from an exotic dish.Co-authored with a blend of generational views the result of which is plausible; as the younger Willis, (who understands the ideology of any growing Christian) explored the harsh realities in the school of discipline as the eaglet had to encounter in the hands of its parent; while the elder Williss metaphors stressed the essence of such lessons as it affects us today.But on page 98, lies the crux of Gods reason for wanting all His Children learn to soar, there it states: As you try out your own spiritual wings, how do you progress beyond disappointment and mistakes? Let me suggest some guidelines for spreading your wings of faith so that God can accomplish His purpose for you:How to Build a Dynamic Faith.1.Scriptural Authority.2.Holy Spirits verification3.Alignment with Gods purposesId better stop there, as there are few more. Youd better fetch yourself a copy so youd learn how to soar higher and better unto the Divine heights God ordained for you.At such zenith, you will eventually experience what it means to soar high up there majestically like the Great eagle on the Wings of the Holy Spirit: and in retrospect, smirking that Why have I never done this before? What I have missed!
February 7, 2010
Eagles have long been a symbol of power and strength. It is easy to understand why our forefathers chose the eagle as a symbol of our great nation. We find many comparisons of eagles and their characteristics to the life of Gods people throughout the Old Testament.I have heard many such accounts used in sermons and have read even more in articles and other books. Still I was intrigued by the title of the book co-authored by Avery T. Willis Jr. and his grandson, Matt Willis, Learning to Soar: How to Grow Through Transitions and Trials. The book did not disappoint. While most of my previous encounters with eagle comparisons focused on their power and related it to the power of the Holy Spirit or the strength of God, the Willis grandfather/grandson team begins where many of us have the hardest struggle in our hardships, the trying circumstances of life, the times when we simply cant understand why God is allowed something to happen or is allowing it to continue. From there, they discuss the ways we learn patience (waiting rooms, anyone?!) and then progress to how our faith grows through stepping out, risking failure but dependent upon God. And then finally, they conclude with a refreshing challenge to live our lives in the power of the Holy Spirit, thereby fulfilling Gods plan and purpose for our life.By comparing the process of the eagles growth from birth to maturity to our own spiritual growth, the authors have captured well the reality that our own maturity comes through various transitions, trials, and steps of obedience. I highly recommend this book, no matter where you currently are in your faith journey with God. You will be challenged and comforted, convicted and set free. As Avery said at the end of the book, Catch the wind of His Spirit and soar.
February 3, 2010
The Lord, in the Bible, provides us with many illustrations for how to live a holy and Godly life. One of the most prolific and profound illustrations from scripture is that of the eagle. Learning to Soar' is a masterful book which provides the Christian with life lessons learned from studying the patterns of the majestic eagle.Avery Willis and his grandson Matt Willis show us in Learning to Soar how God uses hardships in your life to align with His purpose, and the result will allow you to "soar." Just as a mother eagle stirs her nest to encourage her eagles to fly, God "stirs your nest."The Willises compare our Christian lives to that of the eagle. Matt spent a great deal of time studying the habits of these majestic creatures. They show us the life stages of the eagle, from birth through maturity, and show us how our lives have to pass through similar stages of growth. Just as the parent eagles have to agitate the nest so that their eaglets learn to fly and dont become too comfortable remaining with them, so too does God have to our nests. The Lord takes the opportunity to stir us in order for us to grow and to soar, as He would like us to do. This book is particularly timely, with the economic turmoil that we have gone through as a country over the last few years. I believe that the Lord is stirring up our nests so that we not only soar, but that we realize what is important and press in to Him more closely and strongly. I appreciate the tools that this book provides.I just learned that Avery is battling leukemia. I will keep him in my prayers that the Great Physician will touch his body.This book was provided to me by NavPress for review purposes.Reviewed by Andrea Schultz Ponderings by Andrea http://andrealschultz.blogspot.com.
February 1, 2010