As I was reading this book, one characteristic that I was blessed by was the transparent way Priscilla shared about what she believes, and in some cases, what she believes for others who are struggling or need to hear a truth. She shares in one chapter that it took awhile for her to be captured by the truth. What the author shares is about Who God is and not that He will give us all we want. Do you know why? If God gave us all we want, not only would we be spoiled, but we would be putting ourselves in a mess. Like those who have help raise kids, taught kids or whatever, we all know that giving in to them isn't the best for them.
God is able to do for us more than we can ever imagine. He wants more for us than we can ever comprehend. I am not talking about material things, but what matters most_the spiritual part of us. Priscilla shares about perspective, especially those long nights where answers haven't come yet and sleep hasn't either or how about a long season in your life that is causing you to be weary and just putting one foot in front of the other takes a great amount of concentration?
Wherever you are right now in life, whether good times or bad, physically okay or not, none of these things stops God from working. The whole idea of God is Able is to remind us that when we can't, that's okay because God can. Yet, if we remember that God can do above and beyond all that we ask or think, He will do it in ways that will surprise the socks off of you or maybe humble you. I, too, experience the Wow moments of God working and the humble reminder that I was never meant to live dependent on my flesh or anyone else, just God.
Read God is Able and consider encouraging someone with a copy this holiday season!
Do you believe that? I mean, really believe that God is able?
This book might challenge what you know and believe about God's ability in your life.
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. Priscilla takes one verse and dissects it every possible way to help us understand the fullness and the vastness of God's ability. The verse is Ephesians 3:20-21. A verse that many are familiar with but likely have never had it broken down quite like this. Each chapter takes a word or section of words from the verse and kneads it through until there is no mistaking what the intentions of those words are, and the power intended behind them.
Now don't go judging this as "I've heard all about that verse before." Because Priscilla has an amazing gift of peeling back YOUR layers and digging deep into YOUR heart to tell an new story about this verse. You won't be disappointed.
The book has a very easy flow and is easy to digest in small parts. It also is short enough to read over a couple of days. Her light-hearted but get-to-the-point style of engaging the reader is refreshing and perfectly suited for this topic of opening our hearts to the greatest that God is able to do in and through us.
An excellent read and an excellent gift for someone you love who is struggling through that impossible situation.
Thanks to B&H Publishing for my free copy to review. The above comments are my honest opinion.
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 - theoretically - 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. "Sometimes His best work is not what He does for us but what He does inside us," 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.
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 preacherâ€˜s daughter. God is Able is not self-help. If you follow these five steps it will all be fixed. There isn't 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.