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Outstanding and destined to become a classic!
on 31 May 2012
Randy Clark and Bill Johnson have both had notable healing ministries for many years now, and they both run schools to teach other believers to do the same. They are each more than qualified to write this book on their own, and together they have produced what I believe will become a classic. There are many Christian books on healing, but this one is outstanding.
The book is full of wonderful stories. It starts with the personal testimonies of Randy and Bill where they explain how they came to believe that healing is for today. These open and honest accounts set the tone for the rest of the book.
Part 2 deals with the theology of healing. Randy first discusses the biblical context for healing, and then covers the theological objections that are often raised. He describes how the Lord's power should go with proclaiming the gospel, and that healing is for all believers. A chapter follows on factors that have contributed to a demise in faith for healing. Included here is a wonderful story of a traditional Baptist church in Brazil which went from a size of 300 when Randy first visited, to a main congregation of 9,000 plus 5,000 in satellite churches within a few years.
Bill then takes up the reigns with chapters on `Healing and the Kingdom' and `Healing and the Authority of the Believer'. He discusses the importance of the Kingdom of God where there is no sickness, the authority believers have in Christ and the way this has led to seeing miracles in public places.
Part 3 covers the practice of healing. Bill helpfully lists the things he has done to see an increase in healing by `Creating a Faith Culture', and he emphasises the power of sharing testimonies and the rich benefits he has found from doing this. Then there is a chapter on `Healing and a Prosperous Soul' which discusses the connection between the mind and physical sickness.
The final two chapters are written by Randy. There is a wonderful chapter on `Words of Knowledge for Healing', a practical guide on how to receive words, how to give words, and their power. I found this very helpful. The last chapter explains how to pray for healing, and the importance of hearing and obeying the voice of the Spirit. Randy describes a five-step model based on the way Jesus prayed for healing, a very useful framework particularly for those new to praying for healing. After Randy learned it from John Wimber he began to see many more people healed.
In summary, this is a wonderful book and I think every Christian would benefit from reading it. Buy it, read it, and put it into practice. If you are hungry for more this book could help change your life!