Currently this is my all time favorite book. It's an incredible story every Christian should read. Brother Yun's story is one that inspired me, horrifCurrently this is my all time favorite book. It's an incredible story every Christian should read. Brother Yun's story is one that inspired me, horrified me, challenged me and actually brought me to my knees in prayer. Besides the Holy scriptures only 1 other book has moved my soul for days at a time. (The Final Quest by Rick Joyner). His life is an example of what it means to have Jesus as your first love. It's also a fine example of what it means to stay true to the Master in the face of incredible pain, suffering, and loss. It's also a testimony of God's great faithfulness in the face of incredible odds. When we obey God to do what seems impossible and crazy, He does come through in amazing ways. Brother Yun is a saint among saints and a true giant in the faith. Worth the cost and time to read this one!...more
Surprised by the voice of God by Jack Deere remains one of the best books I have ever read! I have heard the audio version of the book numerous timesSurprised by the voice of God by Jack Deere remains one of the best books I have ever read! I have heard the audio version of the book numerous times and found it to be excellent. But the written version is uber-excellent!
In the audio version Prof. Deere makes the case for the continuous view that God still speaks today and miracles still abound. They never really ended after the canonization of the Bible like so many claim in recent days. I think the fact that Mr. Deere used to be an ardent Cessationist makes his arguments even more effective.
In the written version, he expresses the same arguments in further detail but he also goes beyond such arguments to touch on the beliefs and fears that can trip us up in our walk with God and hinder our experiencing the vitality of the Christian life. From Bible Deism to "Charismatic witchcraft" to fears of being foolish or experiencing pain or even the fear of intimacy with God, Jack covers quite an array of spiritual snares meant to keep us from the living a Biblical Christianity.
But this book is more than just an argument for God speaking to us today and even doing supernatural things in our lives. It's a call to knowing Christ deeply, personally, and experiencing Him. And Mr. Deere calls us to the Living Christ in both a though provoking and inspirational way.
This book, like any good book on the topic of spirituality and faith, can take you to the place where you find yourself standing naked before the Living God who is real and is there wanting a real relationship with you. On the one hand, that is a glorious prospect. On the other a terrifying one. For some, it may awaken them to the realization that they may be hiding from God in quite a many religious activities and not even know it. For others, this book also has the potential to show them that possibly the Christian life they think they're living may, indeed, be anything but truly Christian. Others may come to see that they are only living a partial Christian faith having chosen only one half of what it means to really live the Christian life. And some will probably read this book and affirm its message, having lived the holistic Christian life it describes and promotes.
Regardless of wherever one finds oneself, this book is worth reading....more