With regard to content, this book is in my top 5 favorite audiobooks.
Richard Baxter's "The Reformed Pastor". The reason why is that Baxter and Tripp both do you a great service in helping you do a thorough (and painful) self-examination.
I think Maurice does a wonderful job reading the content. As I was listening, I found myself forgetting that I was being read to - a quality I appreciate. Get out of the way of the content. Great job, Maurice.
Not in particular, but in the whole, I was greatly refreshed and warned.
This is a must-read/listen for anyone serving in ministry in any capacity. I hope to pass this book on to my sons when the time comes.
I love the fervency and desperation in Chan's style and reading. Coming from a charismatic background and then moving into the reformed tradition, I feel like I know where Chan is coming from.
I'm not sure I know of any books that are comparable in content - Chan's purpose is to focus your attention on the Third Person of the Godhead, and help you commune and fellowship with this Person.
Francis Chan reads like he preaches. He's passionate, intense, and edgy.
I could have easily allowed myself to listen to this book in one sitting; who doesn't want to experience more of the Spirit's power in their lives? Or to glorify God in greater measure?
Mostly, I felt like Francis was talking to those of us in the Reformed tradition. We are most easily characterized as "putting the Spirit in a box" or "quenching the Spirit". I do feel there is room for those accusations, but it's not entirely warranted. That's another discussion.
Where I felt the book lacking was knowing how to discern the Spirit's leading, prompting, and direction. Chan gives several examples of people living by the Spirit, keeping in step with Him, but doesn't give any biblical insight on how one knows that it is, in fact, the Spirit leading us there.
Overall, I profited from this book. And I would read it again. I would also recommend it. At the very least, Chan's got me thinking about my theology of the Spirit, and how I can better serve my Savior by living by, in, and through, the Holy Spirit.
This book is definitely in the top 3 position of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
I guess that would be Dr. Medina.
His voice is immediately interesting to listen to, and doesn't tire you - quite the opposite, his voice is animated and jolly. It feels like your older uncle or wise grandfather is talking to you in his living room.
I laughed at the stories, and cried at my own counterproductivity.
The book is very heavy on the Darwinian Evolution presuppositions. If that bothers you, it may be best to skip it. If you can stomach that it's still a very fascinating read, definitively pointing to a Creator if you're willing to see it.
There isn't a particular moment that stands out (except maybe chapter 1, which sets the stage for the rest of the book), but the entire work flows with a constancy that keeps you interested. Each chapter is relatively short, but there is definitely more than enough to keep you thinking and reading.
I'm sure I never would have read the accents into the written word, but I did enjoy his performance.
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I bought the physical book because I so appreciated the audiobook. You would do well to perhaps do the same.
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