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Dreaming With God: By Bill Johnson
I bought this book in 2014 and have read it at least twice. It’s not a ‘light read’, but don’t get me wrong, I mean this in the most complimentary way. It’s ‘weighty’, ‘meaty’ and rich in Biblical truths. A treasure of a book. As with any Bill Johnson book I’ve read, the chapters are broken down into sections with clever, thought provoking headings, that both draw you in and cause you to think. It’s a style of writing I particularly enjoy and always makes me look forward to the next Bill Johnson book!
If you’re a person who likes to study, you’ll probably find that some of these small sections will take a long time to get through because you’ll feel spurred on to look up a verse of scriptures here, a reference there, and really digest and understand what you’ve just read.
If you choose to buy this book, I would advise that don’t try to rush through it. You may find you want to, because it’s hard to put down! But resist the urge; savour each well written chapter in the same spirit that I believe it was written – prayerfully!
Read this Book If:
You long to learn how to partner with God in the world of the supernatural. Particularly if you belong to a church that does not facilitate or teach on this.
Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst is a thoroughly relatable read; although aimed (I think) primarily at women) I believe men too would be touched by this book.
So many people go through life believing deep down that they are unworthy of love, unaccepted, feeling rejected by others and, ultimately by God. These are lies that we need to be break free of.
Why Should You Read this Book?
If you recognise yourself in the pages of Uninvited, as I did in some of the chapters, Lysa’s easy, conversational writing style will help you to spot the damaging beliefs you may hold and the ineffective ways you may be trying to deal with your pain. She replaces these with transformative Biblical truths. This is not a ‘self-help’ book, it’s a book that points the reader to the only one who can heal and transform lives – Jesus Christ.
It would be easy to pass by Tozer’s works because many of them were written over 50 years ago and sometimes the language can be old fashioned- but may I say something? From just a few pages in I forgot about any of that! I was so challenged, blessed and encouraged through this book. A.W. Tozer writes with the authority of a prophet of God. There’s a powerful message in this little book. But it leaves the reader with a choice: Listen and apply, and experience the blessing of God’s presence, or ignore the message and go on as before, doing life one’s own way.
How incredible it is that Almighty God chooses to make people like you and I His dwelling place; to live and walk and talk with us. God wants to reveal His power to us in personal ways. However, Tozer writes, we can’t just live whatever way we want to and then ask the Lord to bless our lives with His presence.
We need to allow God to be the one in charge and cease trying to control God. God is not at our beck and call, He is not a genie in a bottle waiting to grant our wishes when we rub the bottle the right way, He is Lord of all. Tozer says, it’s time for us to take God’s Word more seriously, as God’s Word tells us clearly how to live, and how He longs to bless us.
As with all Tozer’s books, each of the 39 short chapters gives much food for thought (and further study if are so inclined.)
It’s a challenging read: one that requires action – application of the truths in these short chapters will be something that you will want to ponder throughout the book. Jill 💜