Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Book Review of Miracles are for Real by James L. Garlow and Keith Wall
Miracles are For Real: What Happens when Heaven Touches Earth
By James L. Garlow and Keith Wall
Published by Bethany House
Reviewed by Clint Walker
Many people, although they believe in Jesus, do not really believe in the miraculous. Even those who do believe in miracles in general often have a hard time hoping and trusting that God can do the miraculous in their lives. James Garlow and Keith Wall believe that this should not be so. In their book Miracles are For Real they are argue that miracles are for today, and that they are surprisingly more common than we usually expect.
It is easiest to describe this book as having three parts. The first part of the book makes the case for miracles in the everyday lives of believers and in communities of faith. The second part of the book expends considerable effort describing how miracles work. A third part of the book confronts some faulty thinking and misconceptions of how miracles work.
What I like about this book is its sensitivity to real life questions such as: Why haven't I received my miracle I had prayed for? or Why do so many supernatural things seem to keep happening for the same few people? Thinking through and answering these questions is difficult. I did not always like everything about how the authors answered these concerns, but I am very thankful they attempted to confront them.
I think Miracles are For Real would be a great book for two groups of people. First, I would love to see newer believers read this book. Secondly, I would love to see this book get into the hands of people with real questions about the power of prayer.
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