Using Scripture and powerful real-life examples, Joyce Meyer reveals that we, not God, determine our level of intimacy with Him. She reminds us that Moses went alone on a mountaintop while the others stood at a distance from him. And while at least seventy people traveled with Jesus, only twelve were his close companions. Of the twelve, Peter, James, and John were closer still. But only one of the three laid his head on Jesus' breast. Although Jesus loved them all, only one of his followers achieved this highest level of intimacy. With that in mind, Joyce talks about four levels of commitment open to us and the gifts God gives us at each level. In Knowing God Intimately, Joyce Meyer gives you the keys to finding your unique relationship with God.
The depth of our relationship with God is not dependent on his pursuit of us, but on our pursuit of him and our willingness to be obedient to his Word.
Meyer, a bestselling author and media personality, confesses she spent many
years as a Christian "just going through the motions." In this upbeat
offering, she explains in a warm, conversational style how the void was filled
through seeking a deeper intimacy with God, specifically in receiving and
using the power of the Holy Spirit. For Meyer, God is in the details, and she
looks to the Holy Spirit for guidance in everything from finding her lost TV
remote ("Immediately in my spirit I thought of the bathroom and, sure enough,
that's where it was") to solving serious problems, such as suffering from
sexual abuse. As she unfolds four levels of commitment in achieving intimacy,
there's a smattering of preacherly exhortation-"You and I need a Holy Ghost
invasion!"-and some direct dialogue with the Almighty ("God once said to
me...."). Meyer's simplistic illustrations occasionally range into clich , but
ensure that any reader will be able to understand her points, as when she
observes that "sitting in church does not make one a Christian any more than
sitting in a garage makes one a car." As a strong proponent of speaking in
tongues, Meyer offers a detailed description of exactly what to do to receive
"the gift," but admirably balances this with her observation that the most
important gift is love. Charismatic readers and Meyer's legions of fans will
appreciate this passionate discourse, while non-charismatic readers willing
to overlook points of disagreement will find some insights worth pondering.
(Apr.) Forecast: In a major acquisitions coup, Warner Faith signed Meyer last
year in a deal that included all of her backlist titles (with 6 million copies
in print) and several new works, this being the first. Meyer will promote the
book for 10 consecutive days on her television program, appearing on 350
stations, and on her radio program, carried by 375 affiliates. She will also
be a guest on the 700 Club and will excerpt the book in her magazine, which
has 630,000 subscribers. This will be the Crossings Book Club's main selection
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