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Overview By contrasting mediocrity with the spirituality of the great heroes of the faith, Blackaby shows readers that they need not settle for less than God intends for them. God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people when they allow Him to enlarge their spiritual capacity.
Publishers Description People have their limits. Some choose to ignore them. God's power and love have no limits. So why do Christians put limits on their relationship with Him? We could be pursuing greater knowledge, experiencing deeper intimacy, and abiding in freer joy... and yet we routinely settle for mediocrity in our spiritual lives. But if you are ready to explode your self-imposed limits, Dr. Richard Blackaby can guide you through powerful and passionate insights revealed in this new book. By contrasting mediocrity with the spirituality of the great "heroes of the faith," Dr. Blackaby shows you that you need not settle for less than God intends for you. God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people like you...but only when you allow Him to enlarge your spiritual capacity and overcome your self-imposed limits. ""I hope this book inspires you to aim for a new level of walking with God. I want you to reach heights in your spiritual life that you never dreamed were possible, to experience God working through your life in a powerful new dimension, to hear words from God that will dramatically change your life and your world. I want to help you blow past any limitations you have set for yourself in your Christian life." --Dr. Richard Blackaby "
From Publishers Weekly Christians, according to Blackaby, are satisfied to plod along in dreary, unrewarding spirituality and have chosen to limit their experience of God. If this former pastor and seminary president, well-known preacher and bestselling author has anything to say about it, Christians will soon blow past every limitation theyve ever set for themselves in their Christian life. The issue isnt God, he says, but us. Blackaby addresses some common limitations to a vital spiritual life, as well as how to overcome those limitations. The somewhat platitudinal list includes such statements as God will not reveal more truth to you than youre capable of receiving, God will match His assignments with your character and your walk with Him and We determine the amount of joy we experience from God. Blackaby offers stories and liberal use of Scripture throughout, encouraging Christians to revitalize their relationship with God. Readers wont find sparkling freshness here. They will, however, find help in rediscovering spiritual truths theyve heard before, this time told against the backdrop of Blackabys heritage (his father is noted Christian leader Henry Blackaby) and experience. Blackabys book is a serviceable first step toward the radical commitment he claims God requires. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Unlimiting God: Increasing Your Capacity to Experience the Divine by Richard Blackaby has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 01/07/2008 page 32
Publishers Weekly - 11/12/2007 page 52
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.06" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590529413 ISBN13 9781590529416
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More About Richard Blackaby
Dr. Richard Blackaby has served as the president of Blackaby Ministries International since July 2006. Richard is the oldest child of Henry and Marilynn Blackaby. He has been married to Lisa since 1983. They have three children: Mike just graduated from Southeastern Baptist Seminary and now serves in a church in Georgia, Daniel just graduated from North Greenville University, married, and now attends Golden Gate Seminary, and Carrie is a university student. Richard and Lisa reside in Greenville, South Carolina.
Richard earned a Bachelors degree in history from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity by Dallas Baptist University. Richard served as senior pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba and then as president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta for thirteen years.
Richard has co-authored several books with his father Henry including: Experiencing God: Revised Edition, Fresh Encounter: Revised Edition, When God Speaks, Experiencing God Day by Day, The Experience, Spiritual Leadership, Experiencing God: Collegiate Edition, Hearing God’s Voice, Called to Be God’s Leader: Lessons from the Life of Joshua, Reality: 7 Truths from Experiencing God, God In the Marketplace and Discovering God’s Daily Agenda. Richard was the managing editor and contributing author of The Blackaby Study Bible. He also authored Putting a Face on Grace: Living a Life Worth Passing On, Cross Seekers: Discipleship Covenant for a New Generation and Unlimiting God: Increasing Your Capacity to Experience the Divine.
Richard speaks internationally on the Christian life, spiritual leadership and revival.
Richard Blackaby currently resides in Cochrane, Alberta. Richard Blackaby was born in 1961.
Reviews - What do customers think about Unlimiting God?
Unlimiting God Oct 24, 2008
This is an amazing book to help us get God out of the box and open ourselves to him and his will.
Blackaby's words will be particularly challenging to Christians whose spiritual lives have gone flat Jul 15, 2008
If you find prayer, worship and Bible study boring, or your Christian walk unremarkable, then former Canadian pastor Richard Blackaby (son of the bestselling author Henry T. Blackaby) invites you to rethink your faith in UNLIMITING GOD.
"Many Christians set their sights far too low," writes Blackaby. "They're satisfied to plod along in dreary, unrewarding spirituality, unwilling to pay the price for greater spiritual accomplishments. They may be comfortable, but they're not experiencing nearly as much as they could." In another line reminiscent of C.S. Lewis, Blackaby says, "The problem is never with God. The obstacle is us. We're far too easily satisfied."
Does this sound like you? Read on. The book is divided into seven sections, each exploring how the reader might "unlimit" God in a particular area of life: what we hear from God, how He works through us, what we know of Him, what we know of His power, a compelling chapter on joy and a concluding chapter on overcoming spiritual limits.
Blackaby's tone is that of a motivational preacher, calling the faithful to obedience and greater spiritual maturity. No surprise, as Blackaby is president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and a former pastor. In the best Baptist tradition, he uses a plethora of stories of biblical characters to make his points and plenty of autobiographical anecdotes.
God, Blackaby emphasizes, has more than a to-do list for us. He wants to have a personal relationship with us. This sort of relationship looks more like a love relationship than "religion," he writes. Blackaby offers basic ways to make this more of a reality: Reading scripture and journaling what God says to you. Becoming faithful in little things. Pray, Fast. Confess --- and deal with --- sin. Discover joy in any circumstance. Spiritual maturity is a process, Blackaby reminds his readers. Some of the obstacles to maturity are more difficult to see, such as success that keeps us from growing.
Throughout the book, Blackaby poses questions for reflection and suggestions for making lists for evaluation and prayer. Most of the information will be nothing new to readers but rather welcome reminders of spiritual disciplines often neglected.
Richard is the son of Henry T. Blackaby (best known as the co-author of EXPERIENCING GOD with Claude V. King), and his admiration for his father comes through in a short hagiography of the elder Blackaby's life early on in the book. He also includes some short mini-biographies of ordinary men and women who were used by God in extraordinary ways (Dwight L. Moody, Fanny Crosby, Charles Spurgeon).
This is a book to read in short sips rather than one long gulp. Most topics aren't dealt with in depth; Blackaby offers a sort of sermon-length treatment of each subject. Content-wise, some Christian readers may struggle with the author's seeming assertation that our lack of faith can be the reason why an unbelieving spouse continues not to believe, or a teenager gets into trouble, or a Christian wrestles with anxiety. More context might have been helpful in this section than is given to clarify exactly what he means.
However, Blackaby is clear that his book is no "name it and claim it" tome, nor is it about unlimiting God for prosperity's sake. "I do not see faith as a tool we use to get God to give us what we want." Rather, his point seems to be that ordinary believers can be used in extraordinary ways by God...if they let God work through them. "The good news is, you don't have to stay where you are," writes Blackaby. His message should be especially challenging to Christians whose spiritual lives have gone flat.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
seeking inspiration? May 3, 2008
Richard Blackaby's book is an inspiring collection of wisdom, personal reflection, and encouragement that will help you grow your relationship with Christ. Our small group read this book and loved every chapter!
Very Helpful Mar 28, 2008
We claim God's love and power have no limits, so why do we as Christians, set up our own self-imposed limits on what we receive. The God of the Bible is a powerful, merciful, loving God. He plainly tells us that with Him, all things are possible, yet I find myself, in my weakness, limiting what I can do. I think we would be surprised at what we could accomplish if we were willing to set aside those limits and step out, confident that with God's help we can be all He wants us to be. If you sometimes feel you only know God on a surface level, if you feel defeated and discouraged in your Christian life, then this book is for you. No, it's not a book comparing all religions. But if you're interested in a stronger relationship with Almighty God, Father, Creator, and Redeemer, you'll find help here. Richard Blackaby uses stories and scripture to provide answers to the questions that plague most Christians. Strongly recommended.
This author imposes limits on our concept of God Feb 4, 2008
I was so excited to see the title "Unlimiting God", because I have been deeply concerned for some time, that the different religions put limits on a God without limits - forcing "him" into their preconceived notions. Here, I thought, would be a book that could help break that box, into which people are always trying to force the concept of God. Sadly, this author is only able to conceive of a "Christian God", thus placing the people-contrived boundaries firmly in place, and leaving out more than half a world of people with a rich and close relationship with God. How disappointing.