Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Birthing the Miraculous by Heidi Baker

Birthing the Miraculous by Heidi Baker weaves the story of Jesus' miraculous birth with the story of the birthing of Iris Global and the movement of the Holy Spirit that is sweeping Mozambique and the world through the lives of Rolland and Heidi Baker. The parallel is fitting. Both stories are intensely personal for those involved and tell of great humility, obedience, and sacrifice as women of great faith and favor surrendered to the call of God and the work of the Spirit in their lives. Both stories contain valuable principles for our lives and ministries, and both stories tell of miracles that touched the whole world.

Heidi Baker uses her own life to illustrate the principles that have rooted and sustained the movement catalyzed by Iris Global. The book effortlessly moves from biographical sketches to passionate calls for intimacy with the Father. The core of the book is a call to abide in Christ from John 15. Heidi Baker convinces us with story after story, and paragraph after paragraph that the only way to bear fruit is to stay connected to Jesus. Intimacy with God is the open secret. It's something we all nod our heads to, but it's something that the Bakers have fought for and proven with their lives.

Birthing the Miraculous is a life-changing book. The stories are unforgettable as is the example of the Bakers and what God is doing through their ministry to the poorest of the world. But beyond the stories and testimonies there is something more to this book. There is that almost tangible presence of God in these words. Words string together into sentences and sentences into paragraphs, but there is something so much deeper than well written prose and well-articulated passion. It's not the writing itself, but the Spirit within the author who has inspired the words. The presence of God leaks off these pages, whispering behind the words and drawing us closer and closer to Jesus. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I cherish every one of Heidi Baker's books, and of all of them, this one is perhaps the most complete, and the most articulate. This book comes from one of the giants of our generation, one of whom the world is not worthy. May we follow her as she follows Christ.

My thanks to Charisma House for providing a complimentary review copy. I have given an honest review.

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