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Miracle Work: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Supernatural People Paperback – March 29, 2012

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"Every Christian should read Jordan Seng's 'Miracle Work'! Best book since 'Power Evangelism'!" - Carol Wimber, wife of the late John Wimber


"Every Christian should read Jordan Seng's 'Miracle Work'! Best book since 'Power Evangelism'!" - Carol Wimber, wife of the late John Wimber

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"Jordan Seng's book is extraordinarily helpful because it answers the "How?" and "So what?" questions being asked by real people. I've seen nothing else like it. It's for everyone looking for sane, intelligent, practical instruction about the miraculous power of God in the twenty-first century." Caleb Maskell, Society of Vineyard Scholars and former Associate Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University

"When people are suffering, they don't need normal. They need something different. Fortunately, God provides it through you. The great coaching in this book will explain how you can get involved in miracle work and bring God's love to the world." Mark Dahle, author of How to Pray For Healing (and what to do if nothing happens)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Symbolic Books (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061561566X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615615660
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miracle Work is easy-to-read, witty, and insightful, but you will also be challenged. If, for example, you think that people can't be super-natural or that miracles just don't happen today, Jordan Seng will challenge you to think about your own thinking. On the other hand, if you are open to the idea that people, even walk-by-'em-on-the-street folks, can be super-natural, then in this book you will find practical, down-to-earth ways you can test that idea.

The chapters of the book alternate between (1.) the author's personal stories and (2.) examinations of principles that apply to a super-natural life. The format feels like you are listening to a story from the author's life one moment and then getting explanations of why and how: why the story is important and how you might have a similar story to tell about your own super-natural life. Jordan Seng will challenge you to take tangible actions that can change your life and the lives of the people you care about. You will even find ways to crank up your own super-natural gifting through obedience, sacrifice, and faith.

Miracle Work is not name-it-and-claim-it doctrine. This book faces the reality of life on earth head on, but asks "How much are you willing to trust and risk?" so that you can have a super-natural life in which super-normal stuff happens.
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Miracle Work by Jordan Seng is, as the subtitle explains, "a down-to-earth guide to supernatural ministries": healing, deliverance, prophecy, intercession, and Spirit-baptism. Written in an engaging, folksy style, the book combines personal anecdote, biblical teaching, and practical, experience-based guidance. It is one of the most interesting books I have read this year, for several reasons:

First, Jordan Seng is not the guy you'd expect to write this kind of book. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a PhD in political theory who served for a time as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In his infamous essay, "On Miracles," David Hume argued that reports of miracles arose among chiefly "ignorant and barbarous nations," or were received by "civilized people" from "ignorant and barbarous ancestors." Clearly, Hume never imagined the possibility of a miracle-working PhD, which simply shows the limits of his imagination and the extent of his prejudices.

Second, Seng is neither a member of the word-of-faith movement nor an advocate of the prosperity gospel. By the same token, he is not a proponent of classical Pentecostalism, with its doctrines of healing in the Atonement and tongues as initial physical evidence. In other words, he doesn't fit the public stereotype of a "faith healer," nor can he be easily fitted into ready-made theological grooves. He is the pastor of Bluewater Mission in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is affiliated with Vineyard Churches, and thus shares some of that movement's emphases. Nonetheless, he ministers across a wide variety of denominations. (His publisher, InterVarsity Press, is a mainstream evangelical book house.
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Miracle Work is a primer in what most Christians refer to (mistakenly) as pentecostalism or charismatic Christianity. It's an introduction to things like miraculous healing, exorcism, speaking in tongues, and such. Only, for all the times you've ever read or watched something to that effect that you thought was hokey, you were getting something different than what's in this book. This book is awesome.

Seng has a fairly brilliant structure here, thought it's subtle. The chapters weave back and forth between autobiographical narratives and matter-of-fact biblical studies, so it's engaging, like a good sermon should be. However, what I think is brilliant is that he walks the bulk of his reading audience through the story the way they'll need to hear it. He starts by acknowledging that it's weird, that there are places to start, that there is a way to think about it, that there are things to look for. He saves the really juicy stuff until later on, so you're pretty well engaged by the time you get there.

The only thing I wish there were more of was a sense for the history of miraculous ministries throughout church history. He devotes about three pages to the highlights, but I think he's underestimating both how interesting and how important it is for contemporary Christians to realize that they are part of a bigger story. That said, it's not a fatal flaw...just maybe a future appendix.

I'd give this book to anyone who is curious enough to want to know, but level-headed enough to need someone with a Ph.D from Stanford (like Seng) to convince them. And I probably will. It would be interesting to see what happens to American Christianity when it really gets ahold of this.
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A wonderful, well seasoned book written with a kind pastoral heart. After some 30 years in ministry and teaching this is the best book I have read on the subject
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Jordan Seng has written for the most part, a biblically-based and practical guide to Christian healing prayer ministry. One of the main theses in his book is that Christians need supernatural power from God to do healing prayer ministry and God is eager to give his Spirit so that we may have this power. The power equation is: authority + gifting + faith + consecration = power. Interestingly, Jordan Seng did not give a definition on what constitutes "power." Power is a loaded word, and it should be clearly defined to avoid misunderstandings.

Seng offers some good insights regarding authority (e.g. the right to wield God's power), namely, that a person needs to be obedient to God in order to gain more authority to do effective healing prayer ministry with positive results (pp. 56-63).

Furthermore, a person needs to have gifting from God to do effective healing prayer ministry. If the person doesn't have the gift of healing, then he/she can seek someone who has that gift of healing and include that person in the team (pp. 63-65). In this section on gifting, I felt that Seng could have provided a more complete definition on what constitutes gifting or a spiritual gift. He just stated that one should try it out and see if one gets results. There needs to be a more adequate and Scriptural definition on gifting.

Thirdly, the effective prayer intercessor needs to have faith, and in Jordan's words, "miracle-working faith believes that God is genuinely eager for the goodness of miracles" (pp. 66-69). Jordan Seng points out from examples in the New Testament where Jesus looked to a person's faith when he did miraculous healing, and he removed doubters to raise the environment of faith so he could perform more powerful miracles such as raising the dead.
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