Tuesday, May 29, 2012

You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson

You Were Born For This by Bruce Wilkinson is an inspiring book that shows how God can work miracles today, in this modern world through cooperative believers through faith.  Many bible believeing Christians dismiss the possibility of miracles.  Many discount the possibility of any type of miracle with the idea that it is a rare occurance. Yet Bruce Wilkinson says this does not have to be the case.  When discussing miracles, the author does not refer to supernatural miracles that defy the laws of nature or, but rather the every day miracles accomplished by God through the actions and cooperation of his servants.  For example, this book isn't about visions, or physical healings or miraculous ressurections from the dead.  Instead this book portrays miracles that are possible every day- such as answers to prayers that are accomplished through other believers that the Holy Spirit may work through.  As an example, the Holy Spirit may nudge you to help another person in some way or form- whether it is through a conversation, comfort or even a gift. Modern culture takes pride in individuality, competition and the amassing of wealth and recognition.  This book teaches the opposite.  It is about helping others- even when it is not easy or comfortable.   In a society which glorifies the occult and where popular movies and television shows about the supernatural romanticise possession- this book may be the opporsite of being possessed in which the author teaches the reader to be filled with the Spirit and how to become more attune to the subtle callings of the Holy Spirit to help others.  This is a hands on how to manuel that teaches the reader how to become more aware and open to helping others through everyday miracles. There are inspiring ideas such as the concept of the "God pocket" in one's wallet, and how to start a conversation in order to fascilitate a miracle.  The reader is taught to understand subtle cues in conversations or behaviors-  that might lead to life changing opportunities to help others in need.  Fear or anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction- and not a sign to turn away from someone's need but to explore it further.  The discussion questions at the end of the book provide an easy format that organizes the main points for future reference. As a blogger for Multnomah publishers I recieved this book for the purpose of writing this review.  The opinions expressed are my own. 

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