Reimer notes, “We have fewer people attending church now (percentage-wise) than ever before in the history of the United States. We need revival.” (7) It is his desire that the church live in continuous revival, believers set ablaze by the Spirit, so that the world will be drawn to Jesus.
He knows there is a price to pay for revival and that is what this book is about. He writes of the eight kingdom pathways, the eight practices we need to internalize to live in continuous revival: personalizing our identity in Christ, pursuing God, purifying ourselves, praising, praying kingdom prayers, claiming promises, passing the tests, persisting.
His chapter on pursuing God makes the book worthwhile in itself. His ten minute retreats are a great idea. His chapter on the promises of God is very good too (as are, really, all of them). He explains experiencing delay and how to avoid the mistakes people frequently make when claiming promises. His section on passing the tests (trials) is full of insights.
Reimer shares many of his own encounters with God, such as dreams and sensing God speaking to him. These experiences are not common, happening maybe a dozen times in the twenty five years he has been chasing God.
This book is full of practical ideas and challenges. New Christians will find a rewarding explanation of living a life of spiritual renewal and power. Seasoned Christians will be challenged. Reimer writes of the cycle of renewal, explaining the need for repeated renewal. So wherever you are in your Christian life, this is a good book to challenge you to a renewed pursuit of God.
Reimer has added reflection questions at the end of the book so this would work well for group as well as individual use.
Find out more at www.PathwaysToTheKing.com.
Dr. Rob Reimer is the founder and lead pastor of South Shore Community Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. It has grown to be the second largest CMA church in New England. Rob is also a Field Pastor for the Christian & Missionary Alliance Field in Senegal. In his role as Global Leadership Associate, Rob travels internationally to train and equip Christian leaders for the work of ministry. He is an Adjunct Professor at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. He has a bachelor's degree in English from King's College, a Master's of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his family live in the Bridgewater, MA area.
Carpenter's Son Publishing, 205 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Group Network for the purpose of this review.