About the Book
Book: Divine Intentions
Author: Doug K. Reed
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Personal Growth
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Divine Intentions takes readers on a journey of self-discovery through four key concepts: rescued, restored, relabeled, and redirected. Most people, even Christ-followers, are wounded at their core, with soul-level injuries that affect their identity. They may be hurting from past circumstances or feel trapped in their current ones. Basic discipleship sends believers on a journey…but it’s tough to take those steps while you’re hurting. Doug K. Reed offers healing for those who are searching for answers to their identities in Christ while struggling with wounds from the past or present. He shares his own personal story of restoration from pornography, pride, and other issues, helping to lead readers into the light of God’s love.
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Reed believes many Christians are missing all that God has purposed for us. “Most people settle for far less that what God intends them to have,” he writes. (Loc 1613/3752) We will never be all we are supposed to be unless we address life at the soul level. (Loc 1045/3752) Our spirit is reborn at salvation but our soul may still be injured, keeping us from being all we can be. Reed has written this book to address those soul issues.
This is a good book for Christians who are looking to embrace all God meant us to be. Reed encourages us to face issues, to realize spiritual truths, to heal soul hurts, and more. He tells stories from his life and uses Scripture in his teaching. He add thoughtful discovery questions and makes good suggestions to move forward in each chapter. It is a very readable and encouraging book.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Doug K. Reed is a full-time writer and speaker who travels to conferences and churches both in the U.S. and internationally. He is the president of Partnership International, a non-profit organization dedicated to completing meaningful projects in some of the world’s poorest environments. Partnership International has hosted thousands of people on short-term mission trips with a goal of sharing the love of God with the neediest among us. In his over thirty years of ministry experience, Doug has also served as a senior pastor and on staff at large churches.
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DESIGNED FOR A PURPOSE
Woodworking has been a hobby of mine since childhood. When my wife, Jeanne, and I were engaged, I created a wooden jewelry box for her that she still treasures and uses to this day, thirty years later. Every time she uses it, she’s reminded of how much I love her.
That jewelry box was designed with a speciﬁc purpose in mind. If, God forbid, I ever got mad at her, removed her jewelry, and put my ﬁshing lures in there, the gift that once brought joy would now cause pain. And that jewelry box would make a lousy tackle box because it was not designed for that purpose. My creation would fail to fulﬁll my original intention.
In a similar way, we have been lovingly designed by God for a speciﬁc purpose. We can ﬁll our life with lesser things, but He lovingly designed us to hold the treasure of destiny. He created us with the capacity to fulﬁll all He has planned for us.
Far too many books are written to advanced leaders without considering where the majority of people find themselves. The goal of the book is to meet people where they are. The book dives into their pain and to honestly and authentically address it. My own story is the constant backdrop in the book which adds greatly to its relatability. The combination of storytelling and deep content make this book unique.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.