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Way Through the Wilderness Paperback – Import, April, 1984

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kingsway Publications (April 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860652734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860652731
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,227,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
"A Way Through The Wilderness" by Jamie Buckingham is one of the best titles I have read in quite some time. I saw this book in a used bookstore, thumbed through it, and decide to purchase. Boy, am I glad I did! The author summarizes the many literal desert trips he has taken with groups of people (tracing the steps Moses and his followers took when wandering in the desert for 40 years) and relates those experiences to how we may learn spiritually from our time in the wilderness. The "wilderness" may be briefly defined as those times when you feel like you have been taken aside by God to learn some lessons to prepare you for the "Promised Land" in your life.

Among the important points covered in the book include:

1. In every wilderness experience God will bring special people to minister to us.
2. Spiritual leaders are never elected, they are called by God.
3. God will use our wilderness experience to open a door for us that we would not have otherwise have noticed.
4. Sometimes the most creative thoughts and ideas come from a wilderness experience.
5. The wilderness is not meant to be permanent.
6. As long as a leader is weak and dependent on God, he/she will be successful.
7. There are certain wilderness experiences that cannot be learned in the rush of life.
8. God is far more interested in our relationship with Him instead of us keeping His rules.
9. Most people are uncomfortable with silence.
10. 4 suggestions on what to do when in a wilderness experience.

While the author passed away in 1992, his words still speak loud and clear. The book, while written almost 30 years ago, could stand to be read by many Christians and others who are on the fast-moving treadmill or rat race of life.

Read, absorb, and reflect on the love God has for you, even when you are going through a difficult time.

Highly recommended!
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A Way Through the Wilderness is exceptional book that will minister to you deeply. Because every road to the Promise Land passes through the Wilderness, it is something every person has to go through. For one, the wilderness has been an area that many people fear to go through, especially after being indoctrinated with a triumphalistic mentality of the Christian life, but Jamie has shown not only the necessity of the wilderness, but also the comfort and security that it brings to the life of the believer. In a way, it makes me long to stay in the wilderness, but as Jamie pointed, that God's purpose is never to have the wilderness as an end, as some do, but as a pathway to the Promise Land.

Reading this book has shed light on the many areas that God had brought me thorugh, and the lessons learnt, but it also showed and reinforced what had been learnt and to strengthen them in my life. Jamie, having tracked through the physical wilderness that the Israelites had gone through and to climb Mt. Sinai, brings to life what Moses and the Israelites must have gone through. His writings cuts deep into the soul to search the hearts and bring the wilderness to the reader. The wilderness is not a physical place, but it is a process to bring us to the place where we can hear God and walk in His ways.

This is one book that will be read again. We need to make constant trips back into the wilderness, so that new promise lands can be found as we hear and obey God. The Epilogue is a climax close to the book as he describes the human response from a group that had tracked through the wilderness with Jamie. The responses are so human yet so divine, but unless we are constantly aware of our humanity, we would likely return to our wilderness to redicover that part of us.
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We studied this book in our Sunday School class. It is so interesting and such an easy read! The past journey of Moses and our very present journeys are woven together and we learn the same lessons from this desert wilderness. His perspective helped me to look at the old story of the Exodus in a different way and it also gave me reassurance and hope in my own walk.
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My wife and I are reading this together for the second time. Many good life lessons and observations taken from the Sinai wilderness and the wanderings of Israel. My wife ordered copies for all of her brothers and our sons. I don't think any of them have read it yet, but we provided the opportunity. I also ordered copies for our early morning seven man group at our church. We usually go through a book together and I recommended this one. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the guys as we work our way through this well written and spiritually sensitive book.
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This book has been very helpful in understanding what that 40 years in the desert really meant when Moses led the people out of Egypt. It has given great story illustrations that I cab use in sermons and in discussions of what water and miracles really mean in our lives
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This was pretty interesting, basically the author has went on several trips into the desert areas where the Exodus occurred and then gives insight and provides depth on some of the customs and the area which helps to better understand some of the events which a westerner might not grasp. The book also provides commentary which can be applied to your life (or the time in your own wilderness). I happened to read this the same time I was reading the Pentateuch and this was a great companion book (especially for Exodus and Numbers).
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