“A Powerful Joy” by Pastor Josh
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Have you longed to experience the presence of the Living God? Do you desire to see the supernatural power of God transform your life and renew your mind? A Powerful Joy will help you:
- Understand and overcome spiritual adversity in your life
- Develop a victorious and peaceful thought life
- Discover the reality of God’s call upon your life
- Find courage and boldness to do for God what you never thought you could
- See how God can use an ordinary person do extraordinary things for his purposes
“A Powerful Joy is indeed a powerful joy to read!”
Book Review by The Rev. Nigel W.D. Mumford
“A Powerful Joy” is indeed a powerful joy to read! Teaching vignettes and golden nuggets of insider information and wisdom about the healing ministry presented with meaningful strokes of the pen. Fr. Acton teaches through mini homilies that all tie together to rekindle the fire of the passion of the healing ministry. The information enclosed in this small but powerful book is drawn from obvious experience in the trenches of sickness and disease. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found the stories from life experience and the obvious healings that have taken place to be an encouragement.
Fr. Acton reminds us that, “Healing is the ‘Normal’ of the Kingdom of God. We must learn to have and expect a new normal.” He reminds us that this should be a “Front and center ministry’ of the Church.” This is one of those books that you start to highlight and then realize that it would be easier to just dip the whole book in yellow die!
Half way through the book Fr. Acton draws out the confrontation between the young David and the giant Philistine. Acton quotes, “David said to Saul, ‘Don’t let anyone be discouraged. Your servant will go and fight this Philistine!” (I Samuel 17:31). “How can a young boy take on a giant who had been a warrior since his youth?” The analogy drawn upon here is faith. Acton goes on to quote Pastor Bill Johnson, “If you only attempt what is possible, why do you need faith?” I found this part of the book a huge shot in the arm as so many of us tend to limit God. Acton reminds us that “David took the initiative and does not react to the human problem, but gets into God’s solution.” He writes. “No matter how huge the problem, “God is bigger!” A reminder for all of us that even the small ‘David’s’ the beginner, the pebble, can conquer the giant. So indeed, prayer in such a small package can conquer disease, through faith. No matter how small or insignificant you may think you are.
Personally, I found this book to be a refresher course with many reminders to stay on the trail. I would suggest that every prayer team member read, learn, and inwardly digest its contents. Rectors buy a bunch of Fr. Acton’s books and hand them to your prayer team as gifts. Having read the book a few times I put it down and felt the powerful joy and excitement that the Lord is definitely still in the business of healing. Those who are working in the healing ministry would benefit reading this book once a year. Read this book and reap the contents, you will be blessed. Fr. Acton, I hope you are working on your next book.
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