[Review] God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer
Author: Priscilla Shirer
Publisher: BH Publishing Group in October 2013
Theme: "Nothing is impossible with God."
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Icon Media Group and BH Publishing Group.
I've had close friends read Priscilla Shirer's books and taken part in her Bible studies, but I'm late in coming to the banquet table (so to speak). She has a spark of enthusiasm that is part cheerleader and a whole lot of passion for Jesus Christ.
Shirer begins with addressing what all humans have at some point in their life-a behemoth of a problem they cannot "fix or solve". She compels the reader to confess it and say it aloud. Then in the following pages she proves God is able to handle any and all problems. The focal passage is from Ephesians 3:20-21,
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
A quote from early on in the book stood out to me,
"never had trouble believing in the power of God when it was theoretical".
I believe God does bring us to a point in our walk with Him where we must exercise what we say we believe. God does not leave us as "newborn infants", but rather wants us to "grow up".
See 1 Peter 2:2
In God Is Able, Shirer encourages us to place our problems at the feet of Jesus Christ----- because God is able. God may not answer immediately, He may not answer in the way we expected. I know from my own life, it is I who am always changed. Changed by surrendering my fears and problems over to Him. I'm no longer carrying around the burden that left me chained and enslaved. The development of faith strengthens my character and maturity in Christ Jesus.
Shirer reminds us that we try hard to fix the problem our self, "to dig in and try harder", but we must let it go, because God is able.
Shirer's personality is visible in her writing. She is enthusiastic, persuasive and positive.
She shares experiences from her life, yet she writes directly and intimately to her reader.
The majority of the book is focused on reminding us through Scripture and through Shirer's affective witness, that all humans have problems but we must surrender them over to Jesus Christ.
The book is short at 176 pages, less than 200 words per page.
The book is not an exhaustive in-depth study. Some readers are uninterested in a theology type analysis, preferring a book that is easy to understand and relate to.
I know there are Christians who do not agree with the "name it and claim it" preaching or teaching. I did not see this dogma in the book. I did see Shirer encouraging her readers to depend on God's sufficiency and grace. Sometimes what we hear the most we fail to act on, dependency in God. We must be reminded of this teaching until we "get it".
|God is Able|
By Priscilla Shirer / B & H Publishing Group
Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing.
Not even that thing. Your thing. The one thing that seems to defy all attempts to defeat it, restore it, heal it, change it, overcome it, undo it, or just to get through it.
If you've lost even an ounce of confidence in the power and loving attention of God--if experience has told you that faith must simply acquiesce to impossibility--it's time somebody told you different.
Bible teacher and best-selling author Priscilla Shirer explores two power-packed verses of Scripture, displacing your doubts and rebuilding your assurance--not in a blind attempt to deny life's adversities and troubles, but to show you that God is always up to great things. Amazing things. He's a God who cares, and a God who CAN!