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Yielding to the transforming power of God is not a destination we reach, but a daily "yes" to the journey--this is how our mind is renewed. It is in this place that He defines us, refines us, and reminds is what we are here for.
Our destiny--being loved and created by God--always precedes our calling. Calling can change throughout the years but God's love for us will never change. When we understand this and it transforms our identity, then we understand the Gospel. That is when we are transformed and that is how we learn to walk in power.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
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StarlaSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5MediocreMay 20, 2017StarlaSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2After reading Transformed: Challenging Myths About the Power-Filled Life, I feel a bit ambivalent about it. As a pastor who has grown up in the charismatic/Pentecostal tradition, I know firsthand the weak spots of our tradition. Too often, the obstacles that our practices create for faith remain overlooked and ignored. I was hoping Christy Wimber would draw attention and provide insight into these struggles. While she strongly addressed issues such as valuing talent over character, the type of communication in the book demonstrates another missing element in the discipleship structures of many Pentecostal/charismatic churchesintellectual development.
Wimber seems like the kind of person I would love to have coffee with; heck, Id probably even love going to her church! She seems to exude much wisdom and have a naturally mothering/mentoring presence. This book, however, has many typos, an ambiguous outline, and does not cite necessary sources. Her pointsmany of which are good!get lost in lengthy chapters that feel like either many transcripted sermons mashed together or a rambling blog post. This book would have benefited from a strong editor and more time invested into making the writing clear and focused. Thus, I imagine that I would have enjoyed this book when I was a teen without any theological education who had not read much yet. Hence, the source of my ambivalence: at a younger stage in life I may have enjoyed this book, but now it wasnt really worth my time.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars because I think it may be helpful for others. Overall, I believe in Wimber as a follower of Christ and respect her leadership. I admire her commitment to the Church and fostering maturity within believers. May God continue to move powerfully within her ministry to transform His people into the image of Christ.
*Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An honest look at the Spirit-filled lifeMay 15, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was attracted to this book because of the subtitle: Challenging myths about the power-filled life. I've read lots of books about the charismatic movement and the spirit filled life. Most of them seemed unrealistic, all about victory and success.
Wimber's book is honest and realistic. Finally, someone in the movement is willing to write about the tough times and the sacrifice, sweat and suffering required for spiritual maturity. I really like her honesty. "It's alright to admit that life is sometimes hard." (23) We can admit that sometimes the path God is leading us on does not make sense.
Wimber is a pastor and I like what she writes about worship. It's not right to accommodate today's culture, she says. "We cannot influence something which we ourselves conform to." (79) I like her emphasis on paying attention to what God values, not what we like.
Wimber is also honest about sickness, suffering and healing. I really like how she admits that we don't really understand it all. She writes about grace and about her dismay in that a healthy fear of the Lord is often absent.
I highly recommend this book to those who have been put off by the overly enthusiastic books about the spirit-filled life. You'll find here an honest look at the charismatic life. I really identified with what Wimber has written and was encouraged too.
Food for thought: "A healthy fear of the Lord empowers grace and saves the soul." (185)
Here's more food for thought: "There are lots of ministries which work but were never God's idea." (192)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.