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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Walls Fall Down - Dudley Rutherford

Hope for those up against the wall moments n your life. 7 steps from the battle of Jericho to overcome any challenge. Hope for those up-against-the wall moments in your life.  What can we learn from the story of Jericho? If you grew up in the church you have heard the story many times how the walls of Jericho fell down because God's people were obedient. But how does this apply to us? This book answers that question.
There are 7 chapters in the book to match the 7 days God's people marched around the city. At the beginning of each chapter is a fictional narrative of what could have been taking place behind the scenes.  There is some historical license taking place any time anyone writes historical fiction because the only events we know for sure is what is written down.
There is a prayer for each day at the end of each chapter.  The author relates the issues that Christians face today with walls coming down. The author puts it this way, "Joshua and the Israelites followed God's unusual plan to walk around the heavily fortified walls of Jericho for 7 days." and by following God's instruction, the walls fell down. "Whatever walls you may be up against, you don't have to stay stuck behind them."
Chapter titles include, Shrinking the wall, Make it a holy exercise, Obedience brings the blessing, and the perfect number. Mr. Rutherford says in the chapter titled The discipline of consistency on page 148. "Consistency leads to victory, and victory begins in the mind."
Also in that chapter, one of my favorite in this book, he references Malcolm Gladwell and his theory that it takes ten thousand hours to be an expert at anything. And this quote, "One important key to consistency is focusing solely on today, knowing that God will provide everything you need." This is a paraphrase from Matthew 6:25-27.
About fear he says, "Don't allow fear to rob you of the value of a deeper relationship with the Lord and the joy of obtaining ultimate victory."
The author is Senior pastor of Shepherd Church in Los Angeles, CA and is the author of 4 other books.  I believe this is an overall good analysis of the Jericho story, and how it realtes to us today.
Published by Thomas Nelson books.  I have been provided with a complimentary copy for the purpose of this review.

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