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The most important thing for me in this book is the reassurance that somewhere inside, I still love God. I was beginning to think I'd lost my faith, I'd even told God "I give up on you." But I really didn't mean it. I felt like I was a failure and not good enough for God any more, because I couldn't hold back my own depression and self-hate. But Wilkerson writes, "If you were running from God, you could probably understand why the testing and severe trials kept coming on... But you are not running, not rejecting Him in any way... You yearn to please God and want only to serve Him with all that is in you. That is why your hurting is so debilitating... From somewhere deep inside you, a voice whispers, 'Maybe I'm defective..." How did Wilkerson know? I don't cry, but reading that made me cry. He talks later about the crosses we have to bear. I guess mine is heavy sometimes. I wanted to die. I wanted to remove my darkness from God's light in this world. But this book has helped me to see I am not alone among Christians. Because I don't understand real love, I often feel separated from God's love. That in turn leads to doubt about whether I'm truly Christian. Wilkerson discusses this also, and says that doubt itself is an insidious enemy. If I can call doubt my enemy, I can fight it with God's help. I didn't know if I'd read this book because I really was ready to give up. But, it came along at the right time, and had the right title, too. Thanks, David Wilkerson, and God!
This book is my second bible so to speak. I have read it at least 5 times. It gives me hope when I feel so worthless at times. It reasures me that I am free from sins grip even thought I don't usually feel that way. The most important point I got from this book is that God is always there to help me in the fight to do his will and that I need to trust in him and not in my own strength to overcome any temptation that I may encounter. Its a great uplifting book that will get you though many a trial along with your Bible of course.
I purchased the book, for the simple fact that I did feel like giving up. I brought it home thumbed through it, then put it down; thinking to myself another book about God and I won't read it. Needless to say I began at page one, and went through the entire book. I could not believe the information that the author put in the pages hit home to the reality that God really loves you and is right there waiting to pick you back up now that your down. My recommendation, if you are distressed with life and feeling that God cannot love you because of sin in your life then this book is for you. Take Care.
When I discovered this book, I was feeling overwhelmed by the thought of all the work the I should be doing as the new chair of our Provincial Council for Women. We were preparing for the culmination of the 18 days Campaign to End Violence Against Women and our installation of officers. Being used to a competent staff that executed everything that we planned to do in another NGO, I did not have all the working committees needed for a well-organized and meaningful affair. The book's title struck me although I knew I wasn't in such desperate straits. I was feeling overwhelmed because all by myself, I was carrying a burden that should have been shared by the other officers. I didn't have to reflect much to know that for quite a while, I had also been carrying all my other burdens by myself, with an occasional prayer for divine assistance and guidance once in a while. Recognizing the stressful situation as an invitation to abandon myself once again to God's loving care, Dave Wilkerson' s book seemed to have been sent to me just when I needed it. Three weeks later, a person dear to me has abnormally high PSA and an enlarged prostate, my son could have killed himself or been seriously injured while riding his bike yesterday and my little cat who relies on me to take care of him has been vomiting and has blood in wet stools. Now I'm OVERWHELMED in capital letters and what Dave wrote about being called into the storm can't be more relevant.
First of all I want to say Ive bought 4 of these books at the time of this review. 1 for myself and 3 others for my brothers/sisters in Christ.
When I first read this book for 2 years I had been "straddling" the fence so to speak. I loved the Lord but I had lost that passion, fire and desire to really get in there for the Lord. I rememember just after reading the first few pages of this book I was literally crying.
I wanted to be close to the Lord but I was hurting from personal issues. Its easier to say or quote scripture when you are on the mountain.
As I said in the title this book tell it like it is...We as a body in Christ need to learn when to be a lion and when to be a lamb. There alot of people hurting for various reason...some reasons you may not understand and may seem insignifigant but to the person going through the trial its a very serious and very real battle.
This book will give you insight into a true man of Gods heart on this subject and he even shares moments of his own life to where you realise hey david wilkerson a man Of God is a person just like me.
Ultimatly our healing will not be found in this book or any book except the Holy bible...Only Jesus Christ can heal us of our wounds.
This is a good read though and it was an encouragment.
I had gone through a period of such intense depression, not only with myself but also with the church and was finding it near impossible to hold on to any positive thought when this book came into my life.
To illustrate how good it was I was able to read the book in bed despite having severe OCD with the spine crumbling out and a cornflake in the middle! (anyone who has OCD will know how relevant this is)
Everything I had just gone through was covered in the book from 'cure all' prophets, to the church letting us down and where to go from that deep place of desperation.
This is not a self-help book but a deep insight into the bible as it applies to our lives today as christians in end times. David Wilkerson does not write from a distant perspective but as one who has undergone intense introspection, one who has made a number of mistakes and judgement errors but also as one who continually lets God into his life.
Love this book and don't even think about buying it if the title even grabbed you for one short moment. What would I have done without this book at the time it came? I dread to think.
David Wilkerson has the ability to overturn some of the most deepseated religious thinking without deviating from scriptural, Christlike thinking for one moment. I simply loved the book and moved on immediately to one of his other titles after applying the soothing balm of this book.