The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others - eBookDebbie KittermanChosen / 2018 / ePub$7.91 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 19 Reviews
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Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Bridge-Building Ministry of EncouragementOctober 22, 2018Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debbie Kitterman's class comprised a delightful balance of both brown and white faces, and when she overheard the symphony of Spanish and English conversations, her curiosity was piqued. At the first opportunity, she approached the pastor of the Hispanic congregation that was hosting her class.
"How come half of my class doesn't speak Spanish?" she queried. "Do they attend your congregation?"
"No," he replied. "During our joint staff meeting, I mentioned to the pastoral staff I was going to have you come teach my congregation on how to hear from God, so word got out."
The desire to hear God's Truth and to encourage others through His Word was strong enough to bridge the gap between two cultures, and if we were honest, this is a bridge upon which we all need to place the soles of our feet. Finding that Christians everywhere need a bit of help getting outside our comfort zones, Debbie Kitterman has shared her own journey along with the good news that God intends for us to build one another up as we speak words of Truth. In The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for Others, we find Kitterman's confidence and fervor flow from years of learning alongside biblical characters like little Samuel that the voice of God in our ears and in our hearts requires action on our part.
God the Holy Spirit is Living and Active
Debbie's ministry trumpets the "freelance nature of the Holy Spirit." The third Person of the Trinity is living and active, through His Word and in His people. Those who put Him in a box miss out on the full display of His power at work in ordinary people. Furthermore, we are built for connection, for relationship with God and with each other. Living in harmony with the example of Jesus means embracing a lifestyle of encouragement. "Jesus had radical encounters with ordinary people every day. By listening to the Father's voice and doing what the Father said, Jesus was able to release heaven into the situations and lives of those He encountered." (21)
When we take the risk of sharing God's truth with others for the purpose of encouraging them in their walk with God, that movement into obedience may have the domino effect of moving them into obedience as well. As we align our words and our actions with the plumb line of Scripture, we will find ourselves swept up into the bridge-building ministry of a God whose invitation is open and full of hope:
"Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18, 19)
Many thanks to Chosen Books for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5encouragingSeptember 12, 2018ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a non-fiction book about helping people to understand what prophetic encouragement really means. The stories and prayers were very interesting. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5EmpoweringSeptember 5, 2018MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved this book. So encouraging and full of good insight.
Often times when I read a book like this I feel ill-equipped but Debbie made me feel empowered that this is something I can do.
I loved the Go Deeper sections and the Activation. If you take your time and do these things you will gain a much deeper and meaningful understand of this book.
This is one I highly recommend.
A copy of this book was given to my through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
Deana4 Stars Out Of 5Hearing From GodSeptember 4, 2018DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I knew from the title of this book that I was in for a journey that would reacquaint myself with Jesus and the gift that he has given me. I didn't know for the longest time why I would get this message and feel the need to write it down. I never shared it with anyone but my husband. I wasn't sure if it was from God or was it just my own thoughts being shared. I knew in my spirit that God had spoken to me and wanted me to share what He had said but I was scared of what people would say.
I liked the different examples the author shares of people in the bible who heard God speak to them. Sometimes we doubt that God is speaking to us and wander around lost and miss what He has for us. I remember the story of Samuel as the author talks about him in the book. When Jesus spoke to him, Samuel didn't recognize his voice. How many times have we heard God speak to us but still doubted it truly was Him?
The author does a good job of explaining what prophecy is and how it operates within each of us. The first time I heard someone speak in tongues, I freaked out. Then immediately another person interpreted what was just said. I was so confused I was ready to run out of the church. That day I was introduced to prophecy and I wanted to know more about it. One thing I have learned over the years is to be careful who wants to speak words over you. I am always careful when someone says they have a word for me from God. We all have heard about "false prophets." Yes they are out there and God cautions us to discern what is truly words from Him.
I liked that the author talked about the five fold ministry. Each one is not more important than the other, but are designed to work together as one. We are meant to work as a team to spread His word, encourage each other and operate with confidence in the gifts that He has given us.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful ministry teachingSeptember 2, 2018MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A helpful handbook for those seeking to hear from God, this nonfiction guide shares how to hear God's message and offers a multitude of examples of listening and learning to discern God's voice and share His words with others. I found it informative and encouraging. The author uses Scripture to support her teaching. She explains what prophecy includesspeaking God's words. I found many great quotes within the text, such as "Discernment is not a feeling!" and "God gave us the gift of prophecy to reveal His nature." She begins by explaining that Jesus teaches believers have direct access to the Father. We do not need others as a go-between. But we can interfere with the communication. She shares how to be clear the message is correct and how to test to make sure. I appreciated her honest anecdotes and vulnerability. Prayers are included with the stories. The book made me want to draw closer to the Lord and learn to hear from Him better. The one thing I would suggest would be not to place the "Encouragement in Action" sections on a gray background with small font and tiny print for the prayers there. It was hard for me to read. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.