Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Baptist Preacher Takes the "Weird" Out of the Supernatural
Demonstrating humor, candor, and personal vulnerability, this Southern Baptist preacher offers an entertaining, non-religious look at the Holy Spirit. He shares transparently, recounting his own history of depression and panic attacks until Jesus rescued him and showed him how to do the works of the Father. As Norris explains, "I had no paradigm for that."
Then he challenges readers to engage with the supernatural. Even though Jesus said we will do even greater things than he did, we don't. Norris' engaging narrative style lowers readers' defenses and opens their minds to the idea that these "greater things" are more attainable than they think. Because we are loved more than we imagine, says Norris, we are more capable of doing the Father's works than we have ever considered.
Cafe Lily's Review:
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book other than the obvious.....(Baptist guy leaves mainline denomination to embrace charismatic theology)
I read parts of this book out loud to my husband, as we could relate to so much of Chad's writing in this book. I laughed out loud, because of his use of Southern expressions and phrases - it made the book that much more enjoyable for me, having Southern roots myself.
This was such an interesting read, and for those who would automatically shy away from a book dealing with such a topic, I would encourage those readers to consider reading this book anyway. This is not over the top, wacky writing - its a man's spiritual journey and what God has shown him along the way.
I love Chad's list in the back of this book, "Father is". It was an awesome reminder for me personally.
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.