Monday, November 19, 2012

"Dreams and Visions" by Tom Doyle

I just finished "Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening The Muslim World?" by Tom Doyle with Greg Webster. Wow! What a great reminder of what God is doing in the Middle East! Mr. Doyle did a wonderful job of compiling amazing, true stories of how God is reaching out to the Muslims of the Middle East through dreams and incredible "coincidences."

"Dreams and Visions" takes stories of real people encountering Jesus through dreams and visions in countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iran, just to name a few. I had chills reading the true accounts of people encountering Jesus for the first time or maybe they had heard of Him before. Not only did this book encourage me to pray even harder for the people of the Middle East, but it reminded me that the Lord is always desiring for every tribe, tongue, and nation to come to know Him in a true, saving way. It makes me think of the verse, "The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV) God wants ALL to know Him and it is so beautiful to me that He uses dreams and visions as a means to draw people that may have no other opportunity to hear His message of love and grace.

I loved the stories in the book, but the writing style of Mr. Doyle would probably appeal to an older reader, maybe one who is not familiar with the Muslim world. His explanations would be great for someone who is new to the more "out of the box" ways that the Lord reveals himself to men and women.

Overall, I highly recommend this book I anyone who would like to see a real picture of how God is working on the hearts of Middle Easterners. "Dreams and Visions" is an incredible account of the heart of God for all the world.

"I Exalt You, O God" By Jerry Bridges

I have loved going through this 30 day devotional focused on worshipping God. "I Exalt You, O God: Encountering His Greatness In Your Personal Worship" by Jerry Bridges is a phenomenal devotional that will lead in into worship of God for
• His Greatness...beyond measure, beyond compare
• His Holiness...transcendent majesty
• His Wisdom...skill and splendor on display
• His Love...the infinite love of an amazing Father for His child (from the book description)

I think Mr. Bridges does a wonderful job of defining what is worship, both corporate and private. I felt convicted, challenged, and encouraged in my journey to worship the Lord more in my personal life and in corporate settings. I think he does a great job of clearly defining hard to understand terms and he does it with Truth straight from the Word. I like that whatever he was saying was totally backed up with Scripture. I loved learning about all the places in the Bible that talk about worshipping God. I also loved the quotes that he used from different theologians and writers through the years. 

Each day of the devotional was quick, thorough, and packed full of new ways to approach worship. Each day also has a large amount of Scripture to reference what Bridges is discussing. I loved the prayers at the end of the days the most, though. I love being able to pray Scripture and much of the prayers were just that. He referenced each verse in the prayer so you could go back and read it on your own later.

 I would recommend this book to anyone high school age or older. It would be a great devotional to go through with your spouse because they are quick chapters each day, but leave plenty to talk about and discuss. 

These opinions are my own. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah.