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Saturday, August 22, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: The Buzzards Are Circling / God Has Never Failed Me


Unfamiliar with Stan Toler, the title of this book really peaked my curiosity!

Stan Toler, senior pastor of Trinity Church of the Nazarene, shares encouragement, humor and shows us how God is still at work in our lives even when everything seems to be going wrong. The chapter titles of this book made me laugh, as I could personally relate to just about all of them.

I enjoyed his honesty in the introduction where he tells of the “buzzards” circling as he was writing this book – his mother-in-law passed away, his father-in-law and step-father were in the hospital, and he had just wrecked his new car in his own driveway. Stan Toler definitely knew what he was writing about as he penned his latest book.

Chapters 5: When The Fountain Of Youth Has Rusted, shares insights about learning to cope with life’s challenges. Stan makes the statement: “So, it’s not whether we face those turbulent times but rather how we face them that will make the difference in our lives.”

Other chapters focus on surviving your situation, gaining confidence in tough times, letting God take control of the situation, surviving the lean and mean times and settling the issues that hinder healing.

If you’re in the midst of a spiritual crisis or facing life’s trials, this book will encourage you to trust God, be patient and look at your situation with hope instead of fear.

This book is the sequel to God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me To Death A Few Times.

God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me To Death A Few Times

Stan Toler is an author who knows his subject matter. Having personally faced times of crisis and heartache, he writes in a manner that speaks to you, no matter what you’re going through.

Stan writes about God’s faithfulness even in the midst of life’s battles and encourages his readers with humor and hope. It was inspiring to me to read that even as a child, Stan was raised in a household of faith. As his childhood home was burning to the ground, Stan’s father stood praising God in the midst of tragedy – the lost everything materially but none of their family was harmed.

In Chapter 1: Pinto Beans and Fried Bologna – Now That’s a Feast of Faith, Stan recounts the Christmas of 1961 where his family had no food for Christmas Day. His father was laid off and the family was scrimping and saving in order to keep the lights on. Again, Stan’s father stood in faith and declared to his family that God would provide. They popped popcorn that night for dinner. The next morning (Christmas Day) they were awakened by a knock on the door and people from the Fifth Avenue Church shouting “Merry Christmas!” God had sent those people with gifts, clothes and a thirty day supply of food!

Stan comments: “Since that day, I have always believed that God will provide, and that God is never late when we need a miracle!”

If you need a faith boost – I strongly suggest reading this book. I was encouraged and inspired and felt stronger spiritually, reading Stan’s stories of God’s provision.

Author Bio

Stan Toler is senior pastor of Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was recently elected as the 39th general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene. For several years he taught seminars for Dr. John Maxwell’s INJOY Group, a leadership development institute. He also serves as the executive director of the Toler Leadership Center, located on the campus of Mid-America Christian University, and is the co-founder of BGW Forward in Faith. Toler has written over 70 books, including his bestsellers, God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me to Death a Few Times; The Buzzards Are Circling, But God’s Not Finished With Me Yet; God’s Never Late, He’s Seldom Early, He’s Always Right on Time; The Secret Blend; Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry; Total Quality Life; and his popular Minute Motivator series.

For more information or to purchase these books:

The Buzzards Are Circling, But God’s Not Finished With Me Yet

God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me to Death a Few Times

by Stan Toler

David C Cook/August 2009

ISBN: 978-1-434765-94-9/224 pages/softcover/$14.99

ISBN: 978-1-434765-95-6/224 pages/softcover/$14.99

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