Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review: Do What Jesus Did by Robby Dawkins

Chicagoland pastor Robby Dawkins hadn't moved past that question either-until he discovered that the miraculous things Jesus did during His lifetime are not just history. They're today's reality. When he started living the way Jesus did, he started living life, as he says, straight out of a superhero movie.
So can you. In this dangerous book, you'll learn simple, practical ways to take hold of your God-given "power tools"-prophetic ministry, healing, ministering the presence of God and deliverance from demonic power. And through amazing but true stories from the front lines of ministry, you'll see what happens when ordinary Christians harness God's superpower to bring His Kingdom to earth.

This blog is dedicated to the Bible, Bible Study, and interaction with the Bible; however, as I have become more and more immersed in urban ministry and missions this site has become overrun with the same focus. This may be particularly evident in the book reviews. As I see more and more miracles and people giving their lives to Christ I become more insatiable in my desire to see God's kingdom come. I'm reading the Bible more than ever, but I'm reading it more for life and practice than ever before as well. I'm more interested in how to do the Bible than how to study it, and I struggle to turn down review copies of books that inform and inspire readers to minister like Jesus and see God's power change people's lives. Do What Jesus Did by Robby Dawkins is one of those books.

Missionary and Pastor Robby Dawkins does a phenomenal job of blending his story of discovering God's transforming power with practical teaching and examples of how to minister God's power and love to others. His passion to see people transformed by God's love leaks from every page as well as the struggles, pains, and obstacles that this passion has endured. Books on supernatural ministry and miracles are usually only as good as their testimony and practicality, but for once "a real-life field guide to healing the sick, routing demons and changing lives forever" does not do this book justice. It's about so much more than that. While remaining extremely practical and accessible, Dawkins manages to pull us into his own struggles and passions. This is a very personal story, and Dawkins surrounds a core of the gospel and its transformation from the inside out with practical instruction and testimonies of God's supernatural answers to prayer. The inseparable blend of teaching on both character, perseverance, humility, and field guide instruction on healing, deliverance, prophecy, and other spiritual gifts make this book a full and balanced meal.

The author's ability to pull the reader into his own life experience and be honest about both the thrills and challenges of this kind of ministry gives his testimony and instruction an emotional weight. I spent the second half of the book squinting through tears as Dawkins describes the death of his mom, his son's autism and his dependency on his heavenly Father. His perspective on failure and perseverance resonate with both the struggle of war and the peace of kingdom reality.

I have read many books on supernatural ministry and specifically supernatural evangelism. This may be the very best. It is certainly the best holistic description of supernatural ministry I've read, and I will be recommending it to many friends.

My thanks to Chosen Books for providing a complimentary review copy. I have given an honest review.

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