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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Book Review: Touching the Heart of God

Author: Paul Wilbur
Publisher: Certa Books, 2015
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian living, Celebrations

First Lines:

"As I travel around the world leading worship, I have the opportunity to connect with some amazing people. People of many languages, nations, cultures and religious backgrounds come together to honor the One True God – the Great I AM. In times of worship together, we have the privilege of Touching the Heart of God as He opens the very eyes of our hearts to know Him more…"

Goodreads Description:

Did you know that you have a huge inheritance and that you serve a King who exposes His plans, purposes, power, and deepest secrets to you as a citizen in His Kingdom? In Touching the Heart of God you will learn about this King and His Kingdom-its order, its benefits, and the privilege afforded to its citizens in celebrating the greatest military and spiritual victories in recorded history.

The God of all creation actually keeps a calendar that celebrates His activity in the history of mankind and encourages our participation in the feasts. Whether you are a Messianic or Gentile believer in our amazing Messiah, you will find new and empowering insights in this book, which will build your faith and provoke your participation.

Paul Wilbur, internationally-acclaimed worship artist, song writer, pastor and teacher, unpacks the "Calendar of the Kingdom" in a way that reunites Christians with their Jewish foundations in a crystal-clear understanding of who we are in Christ and how the Father intends for us to successfully and joyfully walk in His Kingdom. Get ready to be challenged in your thinking and excited about the days we are living in. These are the days of Elijah!

• The Feasts of the have an engraved invitation!
• Your citizenship in the Kingdom of God brings major benefits to your life today!
• How can Christians and Jews walk as One New Man and change our world today?
• Clearly see how the Old and New Testaments integrate for His purpose.
• Is it possible to Touch the Heart of God?
My Review:

In this book, pastor and worship artist, Paul Wilbur, shares his thoughts on the calendar of Jewish feasts and why Christians should be interested in remembering them. He creates a powerful argument for this, in a way that is compelling and loving, without being insistent or legalistic.

The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with Who the King is and what it is that He desires. The second part identifies the various feast-days, why they were created, what they recall, and how they are celebrated.

I have to admit it took me about 40 pages to get on board. The content seemed to go right over my head, or the writing style didn’t grip me. It was only when I started reading aloud to my husband that Wilbur’s words began to make sense. I tell you this in case you experience the same as you are reading; reading aloud may make all the difference. And the content is certainly worth sticking around for.

There is no acknowledgements section, so it’s hard to know if the book had an editor, but it could have benefited from one. There were a few minor typos, but where the book could have been stronger is in its organization or construction. So, for example, everything about the Sabbath should have been found in one place instead of being scattered throughout the text.

Wilbur’s expressed heart “is that the Father will bring us all to a greater place of understanding and unity, for this is the Father’s heart” (p. 14). I believe he accomplishes this goal. My husband and I indeed achieved a greater understanding of the Jewish holy-days and we look forward to remembering them this coming year. In this, the calendar included near the end of the book (covering 2016-2025) will be most helpful.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

*I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Crash review program. My review has not been influenced by this fact in any way.*

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