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Once I Was Blind But Now I See: A compelling witness of the miraculous work of Christ in one man's life.
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But do they grip my heart? Sometimes. Do they change my life dramatically? Rarely.
In Charles Piccirilli's memoir, Once I Was Blind But Now I See, I was captivated from the beginning. You see, the world is in a state of tumult, confusion, and despair. The world continues to tell us that seeking pleasure, power, and prestige are the antidotes to such darkness. But Piccirilli reminds us that it is God who liberates. It is God alone who frees us from the darkness of sin.
Piccirilli is honest about his journey from the slavery of various sins, including addiction and the occult, to authentic life in Christ. The power of the Holy Spirit is evident as he describes very ordinary situations that God clearly inserted His voice into. How refreshing to be reminded that God loves us each individually, that He died for me! Piccirilli demonstrates that truth in his story, which is woven with brokenness turned into wholeness.
Incredibly, Piccirilli seems to exhibit the spiritual charism of healing (my observation). Again, this was so encouraging to read about real-life events in which God showcased His presence through miraculous healings and transformations, often through the intercession of Piccirilli and the Spirit-filled prayer groups of which he has been a part.
For any Christian who is discouraged by the direction our world is headed; for anyone who is a skeptic or seeker; for those who genuinely long to be uplifted and reminded of God's unfathomable love - Once I Was Blind, But Now I See is a perfect book to read. The reader will discover in the pages of this book that his life, too, has been filled with abundant blessings and miracles from Heaven. An ideal book for summer reading or even for group study through a parish program, Once I Was Blind, But Now I See will change your heart and your life.
Text (c) Jeannie Ewing 2017, all rights reserved, author of From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph.
When I first sat down with this book (ignoring the struggles I had in learning how to use my new Kindle), I couldn’t put it down until I was halfway through the book. Piccirilli’s story drew me in almost immediately. The numerous miracles recounted in this book are enough to make this book very worthwhile, but what really puts it over the edge is how it is written. Despite God’s very clear presence and involvement in Piccirilli’s life, his stories are told with humility. A lesser man might view himself as special, but Piccirilli instead spends the entire book glorifying God’s goodness and expressing gratitude for being a tool for God. God’s goodness is not bogged down by unnecessary descriptions or buried underneath words; instead, the book simply states the events with joy and a little reflection from Piccirilli. Piccirilli's testimony is incredible, not because of the miracles in his life, but because it is what a testimony should truly be: a story of how God works through us and a call to action.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.