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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Review by Kirra Antrobus

The Power of Weakness by Keith Giles begins by making a very important point.  Giles states, "Even as these new ways of thinking and living confound our minds and often defy our human logic and reason, we must constantly strive to remind ourselves that it is not God's system that is unrealistic, but it is our pattern of thinking that needs to be reformed and renewed."

Giles looks at various people in the Bible and shows how clearly God chose to use the weak of the world rather than the powerful.  Moses was not a speaker, but God used him to speak to Pharaoh in order to free the Israelites.  He used Samson, whose strength only came from God and his obedience to Him.  Paul had his "thorn in the flesh" that inspired the beautiful verse, "And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9a (NASB).  The climactic chapter came when Giles explained how even Jesus lived His life by weakness.  Philippians 2 says that Jesus emptied Himself, becoming a man.  Through that weakness, He became completely dependent on God.

After that climactic chapter, Giles explains how all of that is important to us in the church today.  He explains to us why and how we should be living our lives through the power of weakness, and dependence on God.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I urge you to read it.  Giles' words made me really think about how God wants to use me.  He may want to use my strengths, but He will use my weaknesses as well, and maybe even more so.    When you read this book, make sure you take some time to consider how weakness played an important part in the lives of those that God has used and how He can use you as you allow God to use your weakness, too.

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