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John Wimber: The Way it Was [Paperback]

Carol Wimber
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8 July 1999
John Wimber, who died in November 1997, is best-known as a great evangelist, a huge influence on the charismatic movement world-wide and a pioneer of church planting. A former rock-musician with the ‘60s band The Righteous Brothers, he later founded the Association of Vineyard Churches and in the ‘80s lectured at Fuller Theological Seminary. His books were bestsellers. This book sheds light on the man behind the public persona and Carol does not gloss over the darker points of their time together: the near breakup of their marriage in 1961 before they became Christians, and John’s courageous battle with cancer in the ‘90s. Essential reading for all Wimber fans and all who wish to know more about this spiritual giant of the twentieth century.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (8 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340735392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340735398
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Wimber is John Wimber’s widow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars John Wimber - The way he was 29 Aug 2002
Written from his wife's perspective, this book provides an honest and emotional view on the man behind the ministry. The first few chapters relate to Johns childhood and some might feel they are a waste of words. However, our lives are shaped by our upbringing, therefore this information is vital in understanding who John Wimber was. This is a story about an ordinary man who, through a simple faith in God, led an extraordinary life. This book should inspire you to go out and 'do the stuff'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great review of an amazing man 8 Sep 2001
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This book gives an unique insight into the life of possibly the most influential person in church history in the 20th century. Written by his wife, it gives a behind the scenes view and helps us to understand more about Wimber. It is a very honest and candid book. I would personally miss the first chapter, but the rest is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carol tells it like it was. 30 April 2006
By S. Schenkel - Published on
This book really took me back to my days at the Vineyard. I did not attend Anaheim Vineyard, but we did experience many of the things that Anaheim did. I think that this book really gives a good idea of how things functioned in those days. John Wimber is pictured as he was an incredibly gifted man, who made his share of mistakes. He was a man who loved the Lord more than anything. He obeyed God above all else.

John spoke many times at my church less than a year before he died. It was great to see him speak to us with such great enthusiasm even though he was in great pain. If I had not read this book I would not have realized that. He was the real deal. I feel honored to have gotten a chance to watch him doing the stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carol Tells It Just The Way It Was 26 Dec 2008
By Sojourner Truth - Published on
This book provides a clear reminder of so many of the things I learned to value in the Vineyard movement. John and Carol Wimber handled the Bible like a couple of giddy children. They obeyed the word of God, and then with great enthusiasm watched to see what God would do. Their simple faith in the word resulted in plenteous fruit for the kingdom of God. As this book reveals, John was simple, but he was not a simpleton. He counted the cost of discipleship, and he kept his focus on Jesus. Jesus was the example for John for every kind of ministry. Not only does this book tell it like it was, the book, written by John's beautiful wife, has a big heart. Only a heart as big as Carol's could understand a heart as big as John's. I wept, I laughed, and I praised God for such a wonderful life as that of John Wimber. He revealed Jesus to many of us around the world, and for that I am eternally grateful. If you want to know the character and integrity behind the Vineyard movement, this book is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book; great man 2 July 2008
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I loved this book and I loved the man. I sat under his teaching and I loved it. He was such a humble man and he loved music and story telling. I am sorry is is gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound affect on my own religious convictions 7 Jan 2012
By C. Ducat - Published on
This book essentially was what reminded me of why I was religious in the past (and have come back to the church, in a more humble fashion). An incredible man, a remarkable book by his wife of 30+ years, and a great story of a life very well lived. If anyone understood what Christianity (and religion in general) is suppose to be about, it was this man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Jesus Christ 1 May 2011
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I just read the book this week. It took about 40 or so pages to tell the story of the family origins of the Wimber clan to give background. After that, a story unfolded that moved me beyond words. Hearing Carol tell the story brought me into the moments of their joy and also the trial and error that all followers of the Lord have to contend with. Reading the last pages took time. Hearing how a man of God passed from the earth slowly, hurt. My comfort came in thinking that maybe everyone has a shelf life. Like an hourglass, you only have so many hours on earth. This man spent his hours loving Jesus Christ and the people whom Jesus loved. I'd choose to live the ending of the book,if I could live the middle of the book as well. Many thanks for telling this story!
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