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Release data : December, 1993
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PASSION FOR JESUS - MIKE BICKLE
MIKE BICKLE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER IN KANSAS CITY.. MANY CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES AROSE IN THE BEGINNING, BUT WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND OF MIKE BICKLE, AND HIS VISION FOR IHOP? THIS BOOK IS HONEST.
Excellent book to stir you for God
Mike has written a book here that has changed many lives. It's one that every Christian should read and mull over.
I think one point in the book that I would adjust is his teaching on imagining God. He assumes that because God's throne is described in Revelations 4 and Ezekiel 1 that we must therefore be able to imagine God in our minds. He doesn't deal with the concept that God may have given us these descriptions without intending for us to create paintings of God on the easel of our own minds. He teaches that people should use Revelation 4 and Ezekiel 1 throne room scenes to imagine what God looks like. Then pray to the image in your mind. This extra-biblical concept can lead one to create an image in their mind of what God is like...when in reality it is an image in their mind...it isn't God. Don't do that. Let God reveal himself to you through real visions, not images you create in your own mind. Ask God to reveal Himself to you instead through a direct experience rather than creating something in your mind.
If the experiences you have with God match with the bible, then you will have a powerful confirmation of your encounter with the Lord.
Mike Bickle is an excellent man. His life has helped countless people, including myself. He was my pastor for years...and a neighbor. Now that I'm a pastor, I can see that I would not be in the ministry if it were not for Mike's inspiration to seek Jesus and it's profound effect on my life. That is the key emphasis in this book...and if you open your heart to Jesus while reading this book you will be changed.
Mike is well known for inspiring people to seek Jesus. And this is the first book he published along that line. It really is a classic even though it's only been out for maybe ten years or so. So even though I have a concern about one teaching in this book, the overall book is tremendous.
Every Christian should own a copy and read it at least once or twice. I heartily recommend you buy a copy-and an extra one for giving out to friends. Just add my footnote in there if you agree with me on that one point.
Although there are enough reviews to indicate this book is worth studying, I have to say how much it impacted me. Bickle writes in a conversational style so I figured it would be a quick & easy read. Not so. There's enough strong meat in Passion For Jesus to have kept me at a pace of about half a chapter at a time. Be sure to have your Bible handy.
The chapters on the Song of Songs are by far the best and most satisfying teaching on of this mysterious Bible book I've ever come across. The chapter on Beholding The Glory Dimly alone is worth the price of the book, as another reviewer has noted. While reading it I felt like I was treading on holy ground. Unanointed prayer is not discouraged but seen as a small step in being changed from glory to glory. The advice to gaze on the throne of God as an eternal reality (Revelation 4) while praying is gold. We may not have crowns to cast yet, but we can cast him our hearts.
Mike Bickle is an encourager, and a breath of fresh air! For years, I neglected getting this book because I misunderstood his restorationist views. Regardless, they rarely enter into the picture apart from the fact that if he wasn't postmillenial, he might not have the pastoral heart to encourage people to further glean into the godhead and grow into the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. A.W. Tozer would be proud!