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The Way in is the Way on Paperback – 5 Oct 2007
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I never saw Wimber but I'm sure I've felt his effects through his influence on the Vineyard church, new wine, soul survivor, and the charismatic scene in general. I really like whatever I've read, seen or heard about him. He seems a genuine apostolic figure - founding and leading a church planting movement with evident anointing - and at the same time a lot of fun and an intriguing character as well.
For those already acquainted with Wimber the material may feel like familiar ground - but his teaching, particularly around the importance of moving in the supernatural, still needs to be heard today. I think it would be a good book for all Christians, and a good introduction to Wimber for those who haven't heard of him before.
There were several things in particular that struck me whilst reading:
1) Wimber's (best) kind of evangelicalism. "I read the book and try to do what it says" - brilliant - and this was evidently a driving force in his life. "Keep to the main and the plain" - in the midst of revival type phenomena Wimber encouraged his leader's to stick to Christ and him crucified.
2) Wimber's death to his old self. His throwing on the garbage dump his music collection and instruments was a story I hadn't heard before and was convicting and compelling.
3) Vineyard's focus on the poor. "Remember the poor" - this is evidently the heart of jesus so it's always great to see it expressed.
4) How well read Wimber was. Wimber quotes from many different sources and at one point in the book says something like "I committed myself for the last six months to reread the great Christian classics." It was encouraging to me to see the role of reading in a great Christian leader's life again.
5) Wimber's emphasis on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Is this element being lost from the contemporary church scene? I loved the way he pushed the fact that to be obedient to the Scriptures we must at least seek to be moving in the supernatural. To 'see what the Father is doing' in every situation and get involved. The account of his teaching and praying for healing for months and months before actually seeing anything happen is a story that always convicts me. His advice is that if you want to heal the sick try praying for 1000 sick people and then go to the expert! Brilliant!
So, yes, I loved the book. If anything my only criticism would be that I would have like more. Maybe on leadership and church planting in particular. But 4 stars - worth reading twice and thoroughly recommended!
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