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Flashpoints Hardcover – April 4, 2002
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The book starts slowly and I felt the first few chapters tended to meander a lot. Once the book gets into some specifics on how to identify when you might be ready for embracing one of these life changing moments, and specifically how to take advantage of the opportunities and what to expect, it is captivating and helpful.
I especially like the way the book cautions about the trails and challenges of embracing these "flashpoints". As is clear in the Biblical passages included in the book, we may well be called to make changes and have opportunities to make a difference in ways we haven't yet dreamed of, but these changes will not be pain-free nor without their share of consequences. This is an excellent point, and is what separates this book from so many other "seize the day" type of proclamations. Our focus truly should be on not "what's in it for me", but rather "what's in me for it"! The trials and challenges strengthen us for a higher purpose and often without these we would be unable to succeed.
The last half of the book is outstanding and well worth the read. My only complaint was that the editing of the presentation was not as impactful as the message, but overall this is a great book and a good wake up call to take advantage of the "flashpoints" we are given and to have the courage to risk enough to change ourselves and be a change in our world.
He talks about when you get an inspiration for something that you just can't ignore and you have to act on it. What I appreciate about this book, in comparison to other books popular in the Christian market right now, is that it's not name-it-claim-it, or you have the power in yourself to do this, or whatever. He emphasizes over and over how the inspiration must be of God's will, it will take a lot of faith, a lot of work, and there will be trials and temptations and setbacks. But there will be growth in grace and maturity and discipline at the end, as well as perhaps financial gain or material blessing and such. He never assumes or lets the reader assume that God will just grant our desires or wishes or inspirations without working on our character, on our faith, on our lives. I also appreciate how honest he is about his own life and mistakes and failures, from his struggles with weight to paying for an abortion in college.
The book is a very easy read, and perhaps will give you the motivation and inspiration to change your life and make a difference no matter what the cost. I so praise God for Steve and the ministry of New Life!