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No Well-worn Paths Paperback – 3 Aug 2001
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An autobiography by Terry Virgo, and the story of New Frontiers International. This fascinating account tells of Terry's conversion as a teenager, his subsequent baptism in the Spirit and his call from God to serve him as a Bible teacher and church leader.
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I don't go to a New Frontiers church but have had close links with a number of NFI churches over the years, so when I managed to pick up a copy of this second hand it looked to be a promising read. The book is a clear life story of both Terry Virgo and the New Frontiers movement which he founded.
What challenged me the most was that he always tried to act on the working of God through the Holy Spirit, and that he expected God to work. This leads to some very honest musings over the starting of the charismatic movement and some of the politics of that both at what was London Bible College and in the early `apostolic meetings'.
A book that's worth reading, although I'm sure it's due an update soon.
It's a book which will stimulate thought and challenge accepted wisdom about God and His church, particularly in this country. I was challenged in particular by his use of prophecy in leadership and the way he leads his church 'outside the box'. I was encouraged by Terry's combination of sound theology and belief and reliance on a God who acts.
Why only 4 stars? Well, although Terry charts his journey and thoughts on church excellently, I would have liked to find out more about Terry himself - what makes him tick, does he have a 'hinterland', any 'thorns'?
But maybe I'm being picky because I admire him & his achievements so much.
This book has certainly been an encouragement for me, in that Terry came from quite humble beginnings to go on to do great things for God, which he is still doing today. Excellent book that I would recommend to anyone. As Professor Andrew Walker says on the back cover, 'It is not merely good, it is destined to become a classic.'
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