Friday, December 05, 2014

Storm: Hearing Jesus for The Times We Live In by Jim Cymbala, a review


There is no doubt the Church in America is in free-fall today with numbers declining and our youth bailing out at a rapid rate.  In his book, Storm, Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church shares his take on why the Church is no longer the salt and light in society it once was. 

Using the back story of going through Hurricane Sandy in New York, Pastor Cymbala views the current state of the church from the viewpoint of an approaching storm with chapter headings such as:
  • Storm Approaching
  • Storming Heaven
  • A Light in the Storm
  • Into the Darkest Night
  • Watches and Warnings
  • A Fog of Confusion
  • Coming on the Clouds
  • ... and many more.
The book is not only a conversation about what is wrong with the church today and what perhaps can fix it but it also contains many stories of lives changed through the ministry at Brooklyn Tabernacle.  They were all fascinating and a real witness to the power of God.

Which basically is why he says the Church is failing.  We have turned to programs and growing church numbers and left behind prayer meetings and the preaching of the pure Gospel.  And if you doubt this... you will find the statistics he gives alarming.

He does not leave us without hope that with prayer and preaching, the American Church will experience once again a Great Awakening and return to its' position as salt and light.  Not to take over politics or Hollywood or even local government.  But to change lives with the purity of the work of Jesus in the lives of people.

I don't read many books about the Church these days but I am very glad I read this one! 

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This book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of review but the opinion is my own.

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3 comments:

Trish Clark said...

Thank you for sharing this book review. I have always been blessed by Pastor Cymbala.
My son is a young Pastor and I intent on getting this book for him.
Be blessed
Trish

Cheryl said...

Brenda, I love what you say here..."He does not leave us without hope that with prayer and preaching, the American Church will experience once again a Great Awakening and return to its' position as salt and light. Not to take over politics or Hollywood or even local government. But to change lives with the purity of the work of Jesus in the lives of people."...for with all of my heart, I believe that THAT is where the Church has gotten off track. We are more concerned with politics and popularity and being "right" than we are with the story of Jesus' plan to save lives with the Gospel.

Thank you for sharing your review of this book. It's one that I may give a closer look.

Terra said...

This book sounds like one I would like to read. The examples of good things happening in his church would be spirit lifters and inspire good changes in our churches.