- Hardcover: 660 pages
- Publisher: E-R Productions, LLC; 1st edition (October 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933106816
- ISBN-13: 978-1933106816
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 244 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
In large parts of the world, the name Reinhard Bonnke needs no introduction. His reputation precedes him, opening doors that are closed to most men. His massive crusades in which millions attend and millions receive Christ are spectacular illustrations of what God can do when a man or woman partners with His Holy Spirit. Bonnke s God given vision of a blood washed Africa changed his life, and changed the world. In just the last decade alone, Bonnke s evangelistic campaigns in Africa are responsible for over 52 million documented decisions for Christ. His faithfulness in preaching the Gospel to forgotten people in some of the most remote places in the world has created a modern day revival unknown to the western media. His success is an astounding accomplishment and he is held in high esteem by Christian leaders, heads of state, and those whose lives have been changed through his ministry. Reinhard Bonnke holds an Honorary Doctorate from Regent University.
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I bought this book in 2014 OneThing conference when Mr. Bonnke came to Kansas City , and I started reading its Kindle version since then. But Since English is not my first language so I am a much slower reader, yet now I am at chapter 39, and I am so blessed by reading this book! There are so many places I cried when I was reading , and it also reminds us so much about how deep is that original love of our Lord Jesus who died on the cross for all humanity!!!
This autobiography is filled with heartwarming personal memoires, dramatic events, headline-grabbing miracles, beautiful testimonies, accounts of meetings with kings, presidents and rulers of nations, lessons learned and and even just some fun, lightweight anekdotes. We read how the often explosive political climates in Africa affected the ministry and led Reinhard and his team into sometimes life-threatening situations.
Although we know Reinhard Bonnke for his famous gospel crusades throughout Africa with attendance often exceeding more than one million people, his beginnings were humble and small.
When he was 11 years old he evangelized on the street corners of Glückstadt and was overjoyed to see for the first time a soul saved. God spoke to him when he was 8 years that he would be send to Africa, but a lot of people around him, including his father (who was a preacher) and family members did not acknowledge his calling. In many ways he was considered socially a 'zero'. Pentecostals were looked down upon in Lutheran Germany, his brothers looked down upon the occupation of their father and found it foolish that Reinhard wanted to be a preacher. When he eventually came to Africa he initially found little support for his ministry.
But God took him through a personal training through a series of events that would repeatedly break the mold of his thinking. Theological barriers were broken, denominational barriers were broken and natural barriers were broken. God gave him a vision of a blood-washed Africa and this vision has remained the driving purpose of his life. Always seeking and knocking for new opportunities to bring the Gospel in new and grander ways for maximum impact. The tents grew bigger until no tent could ever hold the crowds. The technological tools and equipment that were used grew more advanced and left nothing to chance. The crusades were headline news everywhere they came.
Besides his unstoppable desire to fulfill his life-time mission, one of the things that strikes me most about his life is his simplicity and pureness. Although his ministry has impacted the history and courses of whole nations and generations, there always remains this often boyish and feisty sheen in his personality and the complete dependence on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. From the outside he is changing the course of world-history, from the inside we read how he cries out to God for help how to handle the situations he faces.
Besides that, he never lost the ability to value the life of one soul. Every life is valuable, because Jesus paid the highest price for that one individual.
The book is full of lessons in faith and what gets clear from every page, is that Bonnke is actually a normal, ordinary man, whose secret of success is just in simple obedience to the voice of the Lord.
What God did through Bonnke, *GOD* did through Bonnke. And since it's *GOD* that does the impossible while Bonnke simply acts in obedience, it becomes clear that God can do miraculous things through anybody that simply chooses to obey.
One might argue that some stories in the book could've been skipped (nice to know that he loves to ride a bicycle, but the book could've done without a complete chapter about the subject). Sometimes Bonnke unnecessarily repeats some of the events in different parts of the book. But this style actually fits the man. It never pretends to be top-literature or anything more than amusing and faith-inspiring prose that anybody can read. And as just that, it succeeds marvelously and it will give you some lessons in history, politics, culture and ministry in the process.
One last remark: some of the stories in this book were also collected in the book 'Even Greater'. So if you read this book, you can skip that one.
Bonnke was called, went after the call faithfully. He is on top 100 in Gods list of all time.