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One Life to Give Paperback – January 20, 2015
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...most of those reached have been existing in lifelong conditions of abject poverty, hunger, inadequate shelter and clothing, often terrible , unimaginable abuse, and certainly fear and hopelessness. Imagine what the message of the Gospel means to them! Ultimately this is not a book about Rick Blaisdell, but rather a testament to what God can do through a humble man of giant and unwavering faith, even now in the 21st century. I highly recommend this book. The expanded and updated edition is wonderful.
Former Hospital Chief Executive Officer
May you discern, through Rick's journal like style of writing, that mission's work is not an act of work. This book is not about the act nor the logistics of mission's work, this is not about the "number" of people that Rick ministered to. It is about the "One" he ministered to. Each chapter retelling of supernatural events, healings, and deliverances will serve to encourage you in your walk with Jesus and in the ministry field he has equipped you to operate.
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Rick shows so much clarity in his walk with God. This is what I feel and hear from this wonderful book. . We are all in need of some good news...this book is the good news. Read and rejoice. Psalm 63:7 says, "Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadows of your wings, I will rejoice".
The improvements made in the rewriting of this novel were remarkable. I think the new book now captures the reality of it all and how the author becomes who God wants him to be. I could feel the experiences and appreciated the history of the journey. Everything seemed to jump out in detail and is an excellent rewrite to an already awesome book. Lorraine D.
From the Author
This book was written to be an inspiration to those who may think that just because they are only one person, "What difference can my life make"? If that is you considering whether or not to read this book, please do.
This book is a witness and a testimony of how God has taken a former drug addict and alcoholic, and transformed my life into something more precious and valuable than I ever knew possible. It is also written to give you the reader, the courage to never give up, and never look back. Keep a willing and open heart. God has great plans for you and your future. You have a destiny to fulfill. Allow God to use you as one of His chosen vessels for all the time you have left to serve Him.
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How can any Christian testimony be given less than 5 stars? Each testimony is a gift of God. And one testimony impacts countless other people in an exponential effect over time...as seeds of faith are planted, watered and eventually do sprout and mature to harvest! Sixteen mission trips over twenty plus years! Hallelujah! One life willingly given impacts hundreds of lives. Just as it was in the beginning years of the New Testament Church, the great co-mission continues to unfold to this very day. Pastor Rick is a torch bearer boldly going into some dark places with the light of Christ, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
We are the Body and Christ is our Head. Pastor Rick set this example for me as his testimony most assuredly equips the saints. By the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb we are empowered to exercise Christ's authority and victory over the kingdom of darkness to help others choose salvation and to overcome strongholds of poverty, infirmity, mental torment and seemingly irreconcilable relationships. Holy Spirit impassions us to help equip the saints to maturity in grace and knowledge of the Lord, learning to walk in His truth, grace, joy and rest.
But when the Lord sends us, by the power and provision of the Holy Spirit, we must be spiritually fit and prepared. After finishing reading Rick's testimonies, I am fully persuaded that to be sent and yielded and anointed to deliver miracles of healing, deliverance, and power...one must be humble before our sovereign Creator, with childlike faith, wonder, reverence...trusting in the Lord's great faithfulness and giving Him the preeminence. Without having crucified, at least to some appreciable degree, those strife-producing carnal tendencies, common to all people, rooted in pride and fear (complaining, criticizing, taking offense and being controlling)...one's own immaturity would hinder God's Kingdom purposes in the mission field. The anointing and power from Heaven our Abba has entrusted to our brother through the years... has followed on the wings of Rick's childlike faith and unquenchable joy in his Beloved, rooted in personal two-way intimacy with his Great Shepherd...exactly because he has freely willed to exalt his relationship with Jesus above his own rights, comforts, accommodations, disappointments and hurts.
Throughout his journaling, Pastor Rick reveals how to "walk on the happy side of misery" (as my Uncle JR says in describing the correct mental attitude when thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail), giving thanks in all circumstances when he is far from home. I could write a course on how to prepare spiritually for missions trips just based on what Rick shared in this book. I was moved to intercessory prayer more than a few times on behalf of certain individuals and circumstances written about in his memoirs. His story has only made me more thirsty for the living waters with which Christ fills us to overflowing. This book has made me desire to gush like Yellowstone National Park's "Old Faithful" fountain. I read the last sentence and followed it with a prayer of supplication for myself...that I might also permit Jesus to touch the lives of countless others as I let my own little light shine! Much gratitude to the author, a scribe for Heaven who put to words the evidence of things not seen but hoped for...in a blend of Rick's gentle humor, the wisdom of Solomon, the courage of David, the obedience of Abraham, the faith of Elisha, the repentence of John the Baptist, the love of the Apostle John and the character of Paul. And it is all because of Jesus that any of us can fulfill our destinies in Him as we develop His nature and character to glorify our heavenly Father. The author beckons us, as a recurring invitation throughout, "Walk beside me as we follow Jesus. I assure you He will supply all the grace required to do what it is His Father asks." Because Jesus gave up His one life for all...we want to lay down our lives for Him, and in doing so, we gain exceeding abundantly more than we can ask or think. This book is a wonderful springboard for me personally as one being prepared to be sent! Thank-You, Jesus!
This new book is a sequel to his previous edition that remarkably captures the transformed life of one former drug addict into a mighty man of God. This book will move one beyond complacency into the supernatural workings of a “supernatural” God. With true-life testimonies that came from the real moments, the author engages readers to consider that you being only one person CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. This is why he wrote the book. His testimony bears the witness of a chosen vessel moved by God beyond his own borders to share the love and compassion of Christ around the Globe. Readers will be inspired by the many supernatural and mighty works of God displayed throughout, as this book ignites a passion for the Gospel to be preached around the world.
Sharing his travels from 1991 to 2011, the author has composed his many years as an evangelist, preacher and teacher with eye-witness accounts by Blaisdell of the glorious healing and hope Jesus brings to individuals that are broken, discouraged and in need of desperate help. Find encouragement to do the “real stuff” and find inspiration as the author has given an open invitation to enter into the very heart of God. Divine destiny and purpose are forged through these real life journals of one who has gone abroad and found that his one life does make a difference. Find out that your one life can make a difference as well.
The author's accounts offer powerful evidence of what God can do thru a man of giant faith who releases that faith to God completely in order that He may accomplish His miraculous purposes. Throughout the book there are countless testimonials to that faith and power.
Finally, the reader will enjoy the immediacy, the sense of sharing experientially everything as if in real time that is enabled by the author's use of the journal style of writing here. His descriptions of the spectacular views during his long flights and the atmospherics of these far away lands are a feast for the senses and truly beautiful.
The work chronicled in One Life To Give has transformed many, many lives for eternity. The book itself is transformational. Prepare to be inspired. You will not be disappointed!