Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm back, but something a bit different!

Good Morning Everyone!
I am back on dry land and have been for awhile now, but I have been visiting my home town.  Thus, I haven't gotten to craft.  However with that said, I would like to tell you about another wonderful program I have become involved with.  
A few weeks before I left for my cruise I was introduced to the program Blogging for Books.  It is an awesome site hosted by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  Boggers can sign up for the program and if accepted are able to receive free books in return for honest reviews posted to the company's site and blogged about on the participant's personal site.  Well, awesome for me I was accepted, and based off of my profile information, I was able to choice a book from a listing of five different ones. Plus, having time, I was able to read the book on my cruise!
I picked the book  You Were Born for This: 7 Key to a Life of Predictable Miracles by Bruce Wilkinson, who also wrote books such as the Prayer of Jabez, The Dream Giver, and The Dream Giver (my personal favorite).
The following is my review of the book as written for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
I am not sure what to think of this book. Honestly, it took me a while to get into the book, and I started it over several times. Yes, I long to be used in God's miracles and by God to do his will, but I am not sure the book instruct me on how to do that in the way I thought that it would. There were times when statements were made that seemed to make me question what I thought I understood certain Bible passages to mean. Even after the first story with the waiter, I felt the story was a bit of a stretch of a miracle. To me it seemed like a bit a manipulation of a simple blessing the Holy Spirit was trying to nudge the author to do. I think the author seemed to make that situation more difficult and uncomfortable than needed to be.

Now with all that said, were there good points? Absolutely! The premise of the book is wonderful! Who would not want to see miracles worked around and through them? I would consider the book a successful read if only in making me think about and becoming more sensitive to being used by God. And the stories of everyday people (just like you and me) being used by God are wonderful (overall) and creates a desire in the reader to be used the same way. Thus, with that fact alone, I would suggest reading it if you need/want the reassurance of what it is like to be used by God.

Regardless, Bruce Wilkinson is an amazing author. However, if you are going to only read one of his books, I highly suggest The Dream Giver.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group with the understanding I would read the book and give my honest opinion.

Thanks for stopping in again.  I can't wait to get crafting and challenging again soon.  Go check out the Blogging for Books site. Tell them, I sent you :-)

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