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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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I loved the book! It was enriching and gave me a lot to reflect on in my Christian walk.Published 4 days ago by Joy Lee
A great little book helping us remember to keep the main thing the main thing. Draw near to God and then GO!Published 1 month ago by Window Man
This is a good book with a lot of depth for our understanding. It helps make clear many of Jesus's teaching about the vine, care and harvest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cathy Miller
I have enjoyed the insights from "Secrets of the Vine." Living in the presence of God and allowing Him to shape my life, brings peace and joy.Published 2 months ago by Bonita Mosley
Very good detail on this subject-pruning and abiding and growing in the Lord. Great reference that I return to as needed.Published 2 months ago by Jan Dorman