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    1. Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: Over 65
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      encouragement to change for Charismatic Christians
      November 14, 2012
      bookwomanjoan
      Oak Harbor, WA
      Age: Over 65
      Gender: Female
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      Change is hard. It can be frightening. But it happens, and more is coming. In fact, God requires change.

      Jesus promised that His believers would do "greater works." Those greater works are outside of our comfort zone. Our minds must change if we want to do those greater things.

      Using Habakkuk as an example of a person willing to go beyond his comfort zone, Phillips gives the following steps to receiving your vision for the greater works: 1) ask God for a word and wait for it, 2) write down what you see and hear (he suggests regular journaling), 3) share the vision with others, 4) discern the season to act on the word, and 5) trust God with a life of faith.

      He explores a surrendered life, a spirit-controlled mind, and radical obedience. He gives five steps to a God-sized future.

      Phillips is quick to remind his readers that vision and change must be based firmly on biblical ground only. He also reminds us about opposition and enemy attacks but that failure is not final. God will restore.

      Phillips is charismatic and frequently refers to the baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, enemy strongholds etc. He sometimes sounds like popular preachers, assuring you God has a wonderful future for you, God wants to bless you, etc.

      His message is clear, however. After 33 years pastoring in the same church, he has come to embrace change and not be afraid of it. He wants his readers to have the same attitude.

      This book is another in the long line of those encouraging Christians to be all God wants them to be. Charismatics will find this book particular appealing.

      I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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