Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Edge by Dave and Joanne Beckwith

I am very impressed with this six week study. It is packed full of insights and biblical wisdom on life transformation. We have lots of weaknesses but God is in the business of changing us into the people He wants us to be. This study reveals how that happens.

Beckwith shares his own story of coming to the end of his “hope rope.” He was at the point where his own strength was no match for the avalanche of life problems. He combines such stories from his own life with teaching from the Bible to bring us to a point of surrender to God, allowing Him to be our strength. His strategy is to find our weaknesses and explore their place in God's plan. He also looks at our strengths, both our natural abilities and the gifts God has given us.

I am impressed with Beckwith's insights in dealing with our weaknesses, allowing God to work through them. He includes great information on how our minds work and a great plan for transforming our minds.

I like how Beckwith identifies a potential strength for each of our weaknesses. He helps us understand our potential under God's grace and mercy. I really like his comments about television and his very revealing checklist. No wonder I've quit watching television! He has great teaching on relationships too.

This would be a very good book for personal or group use. There are five readings for the week and then a group study covering them. Thought provoking questions are included after each daily reading, as are verses for meditation, and other suggestions. The weekly discussion questions, points of application, and suggestions for prayer and share are wonderful. In case one is hesitant about leading a small group, instructions for doing so are included in an Appendix.

I highly recommend this book. It contains great insight and wisdom for Christians struggling with weaknesses. You'll discover a personal growth journey concentrating on finding God's power for those weaknesses.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Dave and Joanne Beckwith began their pastoral ministry a week after their marriage in 1969. Dave's ministry has included camp and youth ministry, church administration and serving as senior pastor. Joanne has served in women's ministries, mentoring, and teaching small groups. Both are graduates of Biola University. Dave completed his seminary work at Talbot Theological Seminary . He ultimately received a PhD in Church and Family Ministry. They have two married daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. You can find out more at www.standingstoneministry.org and www.pastorbiker.com.

Elk Lake Publishing, 280 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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