Item description for Gripped By The Greatness Of God by James MacDonald...
Overview MacDonald gives readers a deeper understanding of who God is and why we should live differently because of who He is. Each chapter gives a suggested portion of Scripture to read, a "Make it Personal" section, and a closing prayer.
Publishers Description When was the last time you were really and truly gripped by God's greatness? Most Christians recall heartfelt resolutions around a fire at bible camp as children, and perhaps a revival meeting or two. But what causes the fervor of those experiences to translate into a consistent life pattern? Pastor and author James MacDonald believes that the better we understand God, the better we understand ourselves, and the less likely we are to favor our own will over God's. He writes, "God is not safe and He will not be squeezed into some neat, respectable Sunday discussion...No. To know God at all is to watch Him explode any box we put Him in with His terror, majesty and indescribable wonder.'" Expounding upon Isaiah's encounters with God, MacDonald prods snoozing saints to rediscover the wonder of God's attributes. He also shares candidly from his experiences in life and ministry where God proved Himself to be the Great I AM. This book will spur new and seasoned believers alike to detest mediocrity in their spiritual walks. Ideal for individual or small group study.
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Ingram Advance - 08/01/2005 page 76
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN 0802447783 ISBN13 9780802447784
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More About James MacDonald
James MacDonald is senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, a multisite church in Illinois. In addition, his Walk in the Word broadcast reaches more than three million people weekly. James's ministry also includes a biblical counseling center, a training center for pastors, and a Christian school.
Bob Kellemen, ThM, PhD, is the executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (www.biblicalcounselingcoalition.org), the executive director of the Association of Biblical Counselors' Center for Church Equipping, and the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries (www.rpmministries.org). Bob has pastored three churches and has chaired the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Bible Seminary for 17 years. Bob and his wife, Shirley (a kindergarten teacher), have been married for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, one daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter. Dr. Kellemen is the author of nine books, including Equipping Counselors for Your Church.
Stephen Viars earned his DMin degree in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and has served as a pastor and biblical counselor for more than 20 years at Faith Baptist Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana. He serves as the president of the board of the Biblical Counselors Coalition, the vice president of the board of National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the United States and abroad.
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Like, Where's the Greatness, Dude? Jul 4, 2006
If MacDonald is "A.W. Tozer meets ESPN SportsCenter", then he'd better hire Tozer as his coach to whip him into shape before he gets back into the writing game. MacDonald's book seemed just the thing I was looking for to help revitalize my walk with the Lord. As I've been turning my attention lately to passages in Isaiah that focus on God's holiness and sovereignty, "Gripped" appeared to be the perfect accompaniment. And what a majestic, powerful, convicting book in the Bible to tackle! But the more I read, the more I was gripped - annoyed! - by MacDonald's high-school hallway conversational writing style and pithy analogies and metaphors throughout. (Moody Press let him get away with such drivel as, "cool", "And like, ..."? Where's the editorial integrity?) The places in the book where he discusses God's holiness - and he makes a couple of very good points - are too heavy on catchphrases and too light on intelligent discussion. This book feels like he's having a casual Friday night chat at Starbucks with teenagers rather than truly plunging into the splendor and staggering awesomeness of who God is. I expected a much better effort from a pastor than this, and was greatly disappointed. "Gripped" may well inspire younger readers to dig into Isaiah, but others may wish to pass on this for a book that carries an iron grasp.
A descriptive study of the Book of Isaiah as which is as inspirational as it is informative Jun 7, 2006
Gripped By The Greatness Of God by Pastor James MacDonald (Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois) is a descriptive study of the Book of Isaiah as which is as inspirational as it is informative. Deftly analyzing the timeless teachings of these Old Testament scriptures, Gripped By The Greatness Of God offers readers a knowledgeable guidance through the truths exemplified in vivid passages of prophecy and commentary which impact upon and reflect some of Christianity's deeply rooted beliefs. Concluding with the epilogue "How to Stay Gripped by the Greatness of God", Pastor MacDonald's theological treatise is very strongly recommended reading for Christians of all denominations who are searching for an in-depth grasp of the timeless scriptures comprising the Book of Isaiah.
Get RESIZED! Aug 19, 2005
This is a fantastic book from Pastor James MacDonald. I was priveleged to hear these chapters in sermon form (available from www.walkintheword.com) and can tell you that this was an amazing trip through the end of Isaiah!
So often, our problems and difficulties overwhelm us because our view of God is so small. By seeing the Lord as He truly is, we are RESIZED and our perspective is changed.
This book goes through the text carefully, but in a way that any person can follow. It definately follows Pastor James' writing style... think A.W. Tozer meets ESPN SportsCenter.