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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Awakening to God - Gerard Long

Discovering His power and your purpose.  Foreward by Bill Hybels. The author is Executive Director of Alpha USA, which is a "course of interactive sessions exploring the basics of Christian faith.  This book asks the question, Do you ever wonder if God has a bigger purpose for your life? Chapter titles include Awakening to God's Love and purpose, Awakening to Brokenness, Awakening to Eternity, and Awakening to our calling.  In the chapter titled Awakening to God's provision, he writes, "It doesn't depend on you."
A lot of this book encourages evangelism through reminders such as love one another, be patient, and demonstrate kindness.  God truly does have a plan for your life made out of perfect love.
On page 73, in the section titled What's in Your Hand? he states, "God has been-ans is-working in you to prepare you for such a time as this.  He has placed in your hands various gifts, abilities, and experiences-including, perhaps, some brokenness-that you can now use to accomplish the purpose He has set before you."
The author writes about losing two of his children, one to a suicide, the other to an accident, and how it effected himself and his marriage.  His honesty and openness is heartbreaking and hard to read, but it can inspire others that Bod brought him through this tragedy. It is good that he includes this persona account, "A journey filled with incredible joy and devestating brokenness."
He describes his personal faith journey, background and upbringing, and while working in the banking industry had a "Godly discontent." As you can tell by the notes section, there are many references to scripture and is Bible based.
After you read this book you will realize that "God is on the move and He is calling your name."
Published by Tyndale House publishers.
I have received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.

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