Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

Habakkuk 3:2 says, "O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known." In a world of such wickedness and pain, it often becomes difficult to see God working. The God of the Bible seems to be nothing more than rumors or fairy tales. Even those who are strong in the faith find themselves looking toward the heavens and crying, "God, are you there? Don't you see what's going on down here?" We long for a revival. We plead for God to make Himself known to us. Still, we're often left to wonder if the concepts in the Bible are little more than fanciful dreams.

The goal of Rumors of God is to remind us that the Bible is true and that while we may not see God working, He is there fulfilling His master plan. Authors Whitehead and Tyson lead the reader on a journey to experience the kind of faith he's only heard about. With heartwarming stories and applicable Scriptures, the authors explore some of the most important facets in the Christian life. Discussions on love, grace, compassion and hope abound throughout the pages of this well-written resource.

From the very first page, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. By the end of the first chapter, I was inspired and compelled to have a stronger faith and to do more with that faith. Page by page, I felt the Spirit nudging my heart. It wasn't as if I was necessarily learning anything new, but rather that old truths were being reinforced in my heart and mind. My favorite part was when one of the authors told the story of a visitor that had come to his church. The visitor had been quick to tell the author that he didn't enjoy the worship service because he didn't get anything out of it. The author's response was, "I'm sorry. You misunderstood. It wasn't meant for you." He went on to explain that the purpose of worship is to give glory to God, whether we get anything out of it or not. His forthright attitude made me appreciate the book even more as I have grown weary of the watered-down theology being served in many pulpits today. Rumors of God offers the truth, plain and simple.

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