Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Book Review: The Lifestyle of a Prophet
By James W. Goll
Chosen Books, 2013
English, 288 pgs
Accessible Guide from Bestselling Author for Embracing the Prophetic Calling
Internationally respected prophet and bestselling author James W. Goll offers a readable, practical approach to the prophetic gifting. Centered around a unique, hands-on 21-day guide, he helps believers develop the intimacy with God essential to hearing his voice clearly and correctly--and then proclaiming his words faithfully.
Through illustrations from his own life and those of John, Daniel, and Ezekiel, Goll exposes common misconceptions, the successes and failures of gifted people throughout church history, and wisdom from the trenches of the prophetic. Devotional prayers and reflection questions follow each chapter. A must-have resource for those in prophetic ministry and all who work with them.
I don't know what I was expecting when I chose this book to review for Chosen Books. I learned more than I thought I would and spent more time reading it than I typically do on a book review book.
The material is not light, but not dense. It's a challenging read but it's easy to grasp. I know that sounds like double talk, but I can't describe it any other way.
The book is divided into three major sections: The Lifestyle of Intimacy, The Lifestyle of Wisdom and The Lifestyle of Revelation. Each has seven chapters. The book is meant to be read one chapter a day, as a devotion. The actual reading isn't a long section, but do not skip over the questions at the end of the chapter. They really make you think about what you've read and what you believe in regards to what you read.
The Lifestyle of Intimacy is focused on getting closer to God. The other two sections are focused a lot on hearing God clearly and listening for what He tells you and how to pass on that knowledge and wisdom.
I'm not sure the book was 100% "for me" but it was a good read and I learned a lot from the devotions. I'm very willing to recommend the book to other believers.
I received a copy of the book from Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation has been received.