Demonstrating humor, candor, and personal vulnerability, this Southern Baptist preacher offers an entertaining, non-religious look at the Holy Spirit. He shares transparently, recounting his own history of depression and panic attacks until Jesus rescued him and showed him how to do the works of the Father. As Norris explains, “I had no paradigm for that.” Then he challenges readers to engage with the supernatural.
Even though Jesus said we will do even greater things than he did, we don’t. Norris’ engaging narrative style lowers readers’ defenses and opens their minds to the idea that these “greater things” are more attainable than they think. Because we are loved more than we imagine, says Norris, we are more capable of doing the Father’s works than we have ever considered.
Forty four. Wait hold on let me back up a minute. I don’t like to write in books, whether it is taking notes on what I am reading or highlighting, I have never been a huge fan of writing in books. Let me just say though during college I probably kept the paper industry afloat with all the notes I took in notebooks about what I was reading. So now I use those cute little post-it flags just to save time. Hey with three kids sometimes you just have to cut a few corners. So in Chad Norris’s new book Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher I have forty four of them sticking out of the side of the book. Which may not sound like to much but when the book is roughly only 168 reading pages well that number looks a little more dramatic. (At least to me 😉 )
I went into this book a bit skeptical. What I mean is, I do believe what I read in the Bible, about people being healed and spirits being driven out, but I went in going, “Seriously does this stuff still happen?” In a world that just seems so broken at times CAN this stuff still happen? After bouncing off some of the things that Norris said in his book with the two people who get to put up with me the most (thank you to the hubby and Abby) the one thing I realized is that God doesn’t change. Duh I know, but if he could do those miracles then of course he can do them now.
I really did like this book. There was such a brilliant simplicity to it that just made sense. It makes me want to spot reading non fiction all together right now and just focus on reading the Bible. One of my favorite quotes came right in the beginning of Norris’s book:
“The more I meditate on the gospel of John, the more I have come to believe that we have really tamed down our King, and made His message way to safe. Maybe that is because we want it balanced. Try telling that to Jesus.” pg. 34
When I read this it really stuck with me through the rest of the book. How often do we say I can’t do this or that because we are to busy. Ok God I will make sure I schedule my fifteen minutes with you today. Would you, heck would I, be open to the prompting if that fifteen minutes turned into thirty or even sixty. Since God doesn’t change and neither does Jesus wouldn’t they want the same thing from us today that they wanted from the disciples in the Bible? To be open to God’s prompting and spontaneity?
This book didn’t bring up anything that I didn’t know. What it did do was strip away all the complicated garbage we as believers can clog the gospels with. Trying to figure out hidden meanings to what Jesus said or didn’t say. Keep it simple. LOVE and go tell people about the love of Jesus. Be like Jesus, love one another and love his father, our father the Creator of everything. I hope to hear more simplicity from Chad Norris in the future.
I received this book from Chosen Publishing in exchange for my honest review.