Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dangerous Books

What makes a book dangerous is when it throws out our cool calculations of how God works and who he uses.   A dangerous book incites dangerous faith-filled living.  Therefore, the test to see if a book is dangerous is by whether it meddles with your heart and head and ultimately your actions.
Personal encounters with Jesus are always beautifully dangerous.  This book was no exception.   After reading this, I almost wish to have been born in the land of veils.   With danger comes some exhilarating escapes and tales of Jesus' abiding presence.  Veiled women that meet Christ must especially treasure that the heavy veil of works was torn in two by Jesus dying on the cross (Matthew 27:51, Hebrews 10:19-22).   I too was once a veiled woman and Jesus has thrown off my false notions of himself.  He still reveals himself to the senseless, the unlikely, the hardened sinners who don't even know their need until they see his sacrificial offering.

Loved that this book goes against the opinion that with more money more kingdom business can be done.  God, who owns all the storehouses of heaven, is not thwarted by the small change in ones empty pockets.  God uses a penniless ministry to change men and women caught in the addiction of drugs in Hong Kong.  Jesus is truly enough.  It is not about more workers and resources, it is about preaching the unadulterated gospel.  Jesus loves the down in out, the drug lord and the prostitute and he came to bring not short lived pleasure, but eternal heart-pulsing security.  My obsessive compulsive nature knows that ultimate joy is found in an addict that can't get enough of God.
This book was also a raw reminder of our precious son's unknown background and potential future. 
May Jesus do what he can only do and redeem yet another dragon chasing son.

Well, any book written by a man named Surprise is bound to be surprising.
If you rarely read, read this book and not the others.  This is an excellent account of the Sovereignty of God and it will encourage you to still your heart to hear God's voice.
The child of two witch doctors is woken in the night in an African hut.  Just as in the book above Dreams and Visions, God is calling people to himself in the most astonishing ways and he is bringing them in contact with other believers and the Word of God to mature.  I was sorry to have finished this gripping book.

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