[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”1433681919″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31bMzI8kNSL._SL160_.jpg” width=”104″][simpleazon-link asin=”1433681919″ locale=”us”]God is Able[/simpleazon-link] My review: 4 of 5 stars
The simple red cover, three-word title, and conversational style of God is Able belie the depth of the author’s message. In God is Able, Priscilla Shirer picks apart two powerful verses in Ephesians: Chapter 3 (20-21) Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
If you are a Believer, then chances are you know intellectually that God is able. But, like me, you may have difficulty actually applying this knowledge to your prayer life and overall outlook. Yes, God made the mountains and the oceans. But, there are wars, poverty and pain in this world, so why on Earth would God apply his ability to my problems. How dare I even ask? Shirer addresses this question and others as she takes apart these verses.
At first, I was taken aback by the conversational tone of the book. The way she addresses the reader directly feels almost too personal. But, I began to realize that the direct address was deliberate. It was meant to be personal. She didn’t write this book to the public in general, but to you and to me. Unnerving? Yes. Effective? Absolutely. Do I recommend this book? Definitely. It’s a quick, simple read, but with the kind of perception and depth that will make you want to read it again. This time with a highlighter handy.
“As long as the problem was somebody else’s, I could believe in God’s big-time ability with a big old sense of gusto” (p. 4).
“When was the last time you just told your stuff to shut up and go to sleep, and then gave your full attention-deliberately and intentionally-to the living Lord” (p. 46).
“To limit His work to the range of our mind’s capacity to plan and comprehend is to limit our own experience of the extravagant capacity of God’s miracle-working potential, which spans all the way to eternity and back” (p. 90).
“I’ll take His transcendence over my intelligence any day” (p. 91).
Ideas to consider:
How may you be keeping God in a box?
What might change in your prayer life and outlook if stopped focusing on your problems, turned 180 degrees, and focused on God instead?
In accordance with FTC guidelines, please note that I received a free copy for review from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.