Grapes need pruning--and so do Christians, Wilkinson writes. God's "pruning" is painful, but Wilkinson argues that this pruning away of "self" is necessary to gain desirable results. He notes, "Pruning will intensify as God's shears cut closer to the core of who you are." Wilkinson urges Christians not to confuse "pruning" with "discipline," and offers a helpful chart to distinguish between the two. He discusses four levels of fruit bearing, from "no fruit" to "much fruit," and the connection between God's pruning and an abundant harvest.
Wilkinson's warm, personable writing style helps him come across as a confidant and mentor. Even though he admits, "I assure you that I possess no special knowledge in these matters," millions of readers seem to think he does. He lays down the challenge: "If you don't know and apply Jesus's vineyard teachings, you'll never experience the abundant life you long for. There is simply no other way." Christians aspiring to maturity in their spiritual lives will likely sit up and take notice. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Wonderful reading: you'll want to read it 2 or 3 times and use it as a devotional.Published 1 month ago by hugh barnett
The secrets of the vine was another wonderful read by Bruce Wilkinson. He takes you on a journey thru John 15 to find out as to why Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shevanthi Perera
I loved how the author wrote in this book. this book gave me a deeper understanding of the whole purpose of the Christian life! must read this book if you are a christian. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer