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Monday, August 26, 2013

Eddie Hyatt: Reader Review

I've read a few books over the summer and I keep coming back to The Power of Weakness by Keith Giles.

Totally rocked my walk.

Thanks to your book and God's work in my life I am a recovering Pharisee. No nicer way to put it. Thank you Brother.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


That's what I tell myself whenever a friend of mine recommends a book. and my friend was right. This is the second book I have read that was authored by Keith Giles. Rather, the second one I've read and loved. He gets to the heart of the matter, defines it clearly and does it without raising my defenses. It's kind of like when Jesus was talking to the woman at the well. He told her the truth about herself but instead of feeling wounded she felt freed. I recommend this to my Christian friends who are looking for a closer walk.

By K. Miles

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


I received this 100 page ebook as part of a giveaway as a result of buying Frank Viola's new book. Gee, I hope the other gifts I downloaded are as good as this one.

Pastor Giles takes us through the stories of key Biblical figures: Jesus, Solomon, Moses, Samson, David, Gideon to name a few. He demonstrates using Scripture how they only "succeeded" by emptying themselves to fully surrender their lives to God. Samson, for example, was only powerful because the Holy Spirit equipped him with incredible strength.

This book comes at an important time for the church where I believe we may have forgotten this critical aspect of faith. God can only use us when we let Him by depending on Him. All of these Biblical people were weak so they depended on the Father to provide the power.

Well written with strong Biblical references. My only suggestion for improvement would be if we saw some modern day examples of this phenomenon. I get the concept and want to do it, but I'm still not quite sure how to. What do I need to do when I wake up each day to be "weak" and therefore depend on Jesus?

Highly recommended.

By Ian Acheson [from]

*Note: This is a review of the ebook version. The expanded print edition answers the reviews question in the last two, newer chapters not found in the ebook edition.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Part 3: Bruce Collins Interviews Keith Giles

Bruce: Compare the contrast between how others treated the women at the well as opposed to how she was treated by Jesus?

Keith: In the book I share a few quotes to reveal how Rabbi’s in Jesus day used to teach that women were worthless.

But Jesus went above and beyond to teach women, to minister to them, to heal them, to treat them as equal human beings. It was really more scandalous than I think we can usually appreciate.

With the women at the well, Jesus purposefully went to minister to a Samaritan (which is bad enough) who was a woman (strike two) and also a bit of an outcast – even among other Samaritans. She was the least, of the least, of the least, and yet Jesus is able to touch her in such a way that she becomes an amazing evangelist and her entire village comes to trust in Jesus as the Messiah. Again, the weakness of that woman was the catalyst for God’s power to work a miracle.

Bruce: What did Jesus teach us about humility?

Keith: The greatest distance in the Bible isn’t measured by how far the East is from the West, but by how far Jesus humbled himself to step down off that throne in Heaven (being worshiped night and day by the seraphim) to make himself nothing and take on the form of a servant – even an embryo in the womb of a no-name Jewish teenager in Palestine, in order to save the world.

What most Christians fail to realize is that when Jesus was on this Earth, he was fully human. His identity was God, the Son, but he was a man. He told us that he only did what he saw the Father doing. He said he couldn’t do the works he did apart from the Father. He showed us how we can live a similar life in the Kingdom. He was our blueprint for living in the Kingdom. So, we can’t use the excuse “Well, Jesus was perfect! He was God so that’s why He could turn the other cheek and forgive people and things like that. I’m not Jesus so I can’t do those things.” But that’s not what Jesus tells us. He says that if we believe in Him – if we put our complete trust in Him – then we will do the works that He did, and not only will we do those things – we’ll do even greater things. I don’t think that’s about doing bigger and better miracles, but it’s about the principle of multiplication. As the Body of Christ expands to cover the Earth we will accomplish things that Jesus didn’t during his earthly ministry.

Think of it like this: What do you think Jesus would be doing if he were here today? Where would he spend his time?

Now, let’s realize the truth: Jesus IS here today. We are His Body. We are “little Christs” (which is what the word “Christian” means). We are His ambassadors here and now.

This isn’t about us. Remember? The Gospel isn’t about us. It’s about Jesus. It’s about His Glory, His Kingdom, His rule and reign, etc.

It’s about us dying to ourselves daily. Letting go of ourselves and our rights so that His life and His plan can be accomplished: 2 Corinthians 4:10 “Always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

We have to get away from this idea that “God is my co-pilot”. He is not your co-pilot. He’s either the pilot or you’re on the wrong plane.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bruce Collins Interview (Part 2)

Here's a partial transcript of the interview between myself and radio host Bruce Collins:

Bruce: What does Paul's life teach us about suffering?

Keith: Paul is the first one to identify this Kingdom-principle of weakness by name, although the idea is really evident throughout the lives of nearly every one we encounter in the Bible.

God refused to remove Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” after 3 requests and finally said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient (it’s enough) for you.” And then Paul understood: This weakness was “the power of Christ in me”.

Bruce: Describe how God works in our weakness.

Keith: The short answer is: We must decrease so He can increase.

The slightly longer answer is: We need to stop disqualifying ourselves from service because we believe that we’re not smart enough, or talented enough, or that we’re not a good teacher or speaker, etc.  The reality is: Neither were any of the great men and women of faith we see in the entire Bible. They were liars, adulterers, murderers, cowards, tricksters, and everything else. In short, they were just as screwed up as you and I are. So…what’s the difference between them and us? It’s that they made themselves available to God, and they were very much aware of their weaknesses, and most importantly – they actually did whatever it was that God called them to do. They trusted in God’s strength and they recognized their own weakness.

Bruce: What does Gideon show us in the way God uses weakness?

Keith: He’s a perfect example of this principle. The Bible tells us that Gideon was from the lowest of the 12 tribes, and that his clan was the least of the clans within that tribe. His family was the least family and he was the least among his own family. The perfect choice for God who was looking for a might warrior, right? He’s threshing wheat in a wine press. Why? Because he’s terrified of the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appears to him he says, “Greetings, oh mighty man of God!” which is the biggest joke in the Bible. He’s not. But God knows something about Gideon: He knows that Gideon will do whatever He asks of him. Like…sending home thousands of soldiers because God tells him, “You have too many men for me to give you the victory.” That’s someone who is not trusting in their own strength or ability to win a battle. Gideon knew – and everyone else knew – that it was only the power of God who would win the battle and set the people free.

Bruce: When we were children, we were taught that Samson probably looked a lot like a muscular physical specimen- does that take away from the true story of Samson?

Keith: Well, just imagine if we had been told the truth? What if our picture books showed tiny, skinny little Samson being filled with the Spirit of God and then lifting the gates of the city off the hinges? Or defeating an entire army with a jawbone? Wouldn’t that have sent a message to every little boy and girl? Wouldn’t we have understood that with God all things are possible?

[end part 2]


Monday, February 25, 2013

Bruce Collins: Pre-Interview (Part 1)

In preparation for my radio interview with Bruce Collins, here are the answers I wrote in response to his questions:

BRUCE: Keith, your new book, The Power of Weakness, could we say this is the opposite of a self-help book?

KEITH: Yes..and no. Most self-help books deal with “Top 10 ways to be be a better person” or “How to Succeed In Business”, etc. This book is for people who are following Christ and need to realize that they are exactly who God made them to be, and that they are perfectly designed to succeed as they submit to God and His perfect plan – which is probably not about helping them to achieve material success or fame, or whatever.

The Gospel isn’t about us. We’ve made it about us (i.e. – “I don’t want to burn in hell forever so I’m saying this prayer” or “If I become a Christian God will bless me and make me successful”, etc.) – But the real, actual Gospel isn’t about getting stuff, it’s about giving up stuff. Actually, it’s about giving up everything we have in order to receive Jesus and His Kingdom.

BRUCE: You describe the Gospel as counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. Can you explain?

KEITH: Well, as I’ve already mentioned, the culture (especially in America) is very self-centered. It’s about my rights and what I deserve, etc. But Jesus is pretty clear that those who follow Him have only one right – the right to give up our rights – so we can follow Him and experience life in the Kingdom of God. That’s counter-intuitive to us.

BRUCE: Talk about your interview with Todd Hunter and the epiphany you had as a result.

KEITH: Yeah, the first time I encountered this “upside down” Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus was when I was interviewing a guy named Todd Hunter who, at the time, was the former Director of Churches for Vineyard, for a magazine called RELEVANT.

When I asked him “What do you think is the single biggest problem with the American church today?”, his answer was that we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Gospel. When I asked him to expound on that, he said that the Gospel was not about saying a prayer so we can go to heaven when we die. That shocked me. So, then he explained to me that the Gospel that Jesus actually preached in the Gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, and John) was not about saying a prayer so we could go to heaven when we die. That never appears in the New Testament anywhere, by the way. But the Gospel was about repenting (thinking differently) so that we can enter the Kingdom of God.

Simply put: Jesus came to announce that the Kingdom of God was here and that we could enter it – right now – by simply surrendering our will to the King (that’s Jesus) and living every day of our lives under His rule and reign. That’s what “Follow Me” is all about. There’s no other Gospel.

*Listen to the actual radio interview coming soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Terri Davis Larson: Review

Wonderful book I just finished tonight by Keith Giles. I recommend it! 

Quote from his book in regards to real power:

"The person who chooses to turn the other cheek like Jesus, or to love instead 
of to fight back like Ghandi, or to heal instead of to condemn like Mother Teresa, 
or to march instead of to take up arms like Martin Luther King Jr., is the sort of 
person to influence entire nations and to inherit a legacy that will live beyond the 
grave and inspire others to do the same."