Item description for Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs by Bruce Wilkinson & David Kopp...
Overview The powerful principle of the three chairs.
In 30 years of ministry author, Bruce Wilkinson, has seen a longing for personal and spiritual change in the lives of hundreds of men and women. Their questions are surprisingly similar: Why don't I have passion in my spiritual life? How can I be closer to God? Is it still possible to restore my marriage? Can I raise my children for God? Where do I start?
If you recognize your own desires in theirs, then this book is for you. Every page is written specifically for a believer who is ready to take action for lasting life-change. Based on the dynamic principle of the three chairs, this book will show you not only where God is inviting you to make a change in your life, but how to do it. When you're done, your life will be different. Because making spiritual breakthroughs has always been God's loving-and possible-best for you.
Publishers Description It happens in almost every part of life. We wear down, burn out, and lose hope. While nothing is fail-safe, there are things you can do to halt the downward slide in your family. This book gives dynamic biblical solutions to people who are asking: - Why don't I have passion in my spiritual life? - Is it still possible to restore my marriage? - Can I raise my children to be "on fire" for God? - Where do I start? Bruce Wilkinson shows how, in the midst of a society without morals, a passionate relationship with Jesus is possible -- not just a "mountaintop experience," but an everyday vibrant relationship. This popular book is newly released with an updated cover!
Bruce Wilkinson is the founder of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and Walk Thru the Bible International. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Prayer of Jabez and Secrets of the Vine as well as 30 Days to Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs and numerous other books. Bruce and his wife, Darlene, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have three children.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.66" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2002
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1576739295 ISBN13 9781576739297
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More About Bruce Wilkinson & David Kopp
Author and narratorDr. Bruce Wilkinsonis the #1 New York Times best-selling author of over sixty books, includingThe Prayer of Jabez. Bruce currently leads Teach Every Nation, a Bible training movement educating church leaders whocannot access or afford traditional institutions.Dr. Mark E. Strongis the lead pastor of Life Change Church in Portland, Oregon, and the author of Church for theFatherless and The Divine Merger."
Bruce Wilkinson currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. Bruce Wilkinson was born in 1947.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs?
Simplifying Spiritual Breakthroughs Jan 16, 2006
Wilkinson used a simple but effective teaching aid - 3 chairs which are used to represent 3 portraits or spiritual states in which everyone in the world can be divided into as illustrated in the diagram below:
CHAIR ONE - commitment, saved, spiritual
CHAIR TWO - compromise, saved, carnal
CHAIR THREE - conflict, unsaved, natural
His thesis that by identifying which chair we are sitting on at present, we can make a `spiritual breakthoughs' by making a decision to move from one chair to another.
Firstly, in an effort to make the concept relevant, Wilkinson have oversimplified the process of spiritual growth without reference to grace, spiritual formation, character development and development of new worldview. He seems to give the impression that spiritual breakthroughs is easy and achievable by human effort alone.
Secondly, there is weak theological support for his thesis except using Paul's terms (spiritual, carnal and natural man). In his Biblical example, he used Joshua, elders and children of elders. While he made his point of generational slide, the children of elders were disobedient rather than non believers. But it is true that there is a generational slide if each generation do not develop personal faith in Jesus.
Thirdly, Wilkinson meant the three chairs for Christians, backslidden Christians and non-Christian but there is no reference to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and of the Holy Spirit in spiritual transformation. Wilkinson seems to imply that spiritual growth can take place by decision making alone. There cannot be movements between the chairs without adequate appropriation of the theology of the cross and inner transformation without the work of the Holy Spirit especially in his examples of Julia, Ernie and Kate.
Finally, while marriage and parenting is important, one wonders whether the three-chairs model is the right approach. Section 3 & 4 sounds like promotions for Walk-Thru-the Bible Ministries programs. Wilkinson's book promises spiritual breakthroughs but one wonders whether it can delivers except for a short time haze of spiritual high.
perfect book Aug 12, 2002
this is ideally for couples, but the lessons are awesome for singles, too, and Wilkinson scores right on target this time.
A foundational book Mar 22, 2002
I read this book about a year ago, and like my Bible, I find myself going back to it. If you have ever had any questions about where you are in Christ or spiritual maturity, this is a book for not only you and your household. A great gift for every occasion! The Lord's Blessings.
Rigid Aug 22, 2001
Perhaps it is the fact that I am young, and that is why this book didn't cause any spiritual breakthroughs for me. Much of the book is geard toward those who are married or divorced and have children. I had high expectations when I picked it up because his other books I have read are wonderful, but I just didn't get much out of this one. The three chairs concept of spiritual maturity in an individual seems undermining to me as well. God is big and does big things and maybe, just maybe you don't sit in one of those three chairs. Wilkinson creates a character for each chair, and considering most of them were married/divorced/parents I really didn't identify with any of them, but I am sure if you are any of these the principles are wonderful. I wouldn't recommend it for young singles.
Spiritual Challenge and Inspiration May 26, 2001
I have enjoyed reading this book, even though, at times, the challenge to live a more godly life is convicting. I believe the author exhibits "tough love" in calling forth God's best in the reader. I have found this, along with Bruce Wilkinson's other books, to be helpful in my Christian walk.