The Prayer of Jabez - Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce Wilkinson makes some useful points and motivates the reader to have more faith.
The...moreThe Prayer of Jabez - Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce Wilkinson makes some useful points and motivates the reader to have more faith.
The book is based on two small scriptures found in 1st Chronicles 4: 9 - 10, which reads:
9 ¶ And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my acoast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
Wilkinson advises that miracles come when we exercise our faith in the same way as Jabez. Jabez started from humble beginnings, yet "God granted him that which he requested." We can experience the miracle of Jabez, by praying first, to be blessed, second, praying for opportunities to enlarge our circle of influence, third, praying for God's hand and spirit to be with us, and finally, praying to be kept from evil.
I actually also read the Prayer of Jabez for Women and got more out of that book than this one - but both cause one to think about our prayers and our personal desires to be a useful instrument in God's hands.(less)
I really liked this book. IT is a personal account of a man who was excommunicated and his reconversion. It was fascinating and gave me new respect fo...moreI really liked this book. IT is a personal account of a man who was excommunicated and his reconversion. It was fascinating and gave me new respect for anyone that goes through that process.(less)
This book has new ideas on an old topic. Brother Wilcox applies the atonement to our daily lives in a way that has not been presented to me before. It...moreThis book has new ideas on an old topic. Brother Wilcox applies the atonement to our daily lives in a way that has not been presented to me before. It is an easy read and motivates me to be better.
One quote from the book:
Little children don't learn to walk in a day. Between the time a child is carried in a parent's arms and the great day when he is running on his own, there is a lot of hand holding, baby stepping, and falling. For a child learning to walk, falling down may not be desirable, but the lessons learned from it are.
Similarly, before we came to the world, God knew we had progressed as far as we were able without an earthly experience. He could no longer carry us by keeping us in His presence. It was time for His children to learn how to walk on their own. That's why He lovingly placed us here - across the room, so to speak - and stepped just beyond our reach, all the while beckoning us to come. He knew the tumbles that awawited us. He knew the ups and downs ahead. That's why He planned from the very start to send our older brother to hold our hands, lift us up, and guide us across the room back to His outstretched arms. We left those arms crawling. We can return to them running. (p. 19)(less)