Review Date: 7/20/2012 by Shaun Tabatt
Rating: Recommended (4/5 Stars)
This spring I had the pleasure of spending several weekends with my brother-in-law and his family. He’s a pastor at the Vineyeard Church in Urbana, IL. Over the course of several weekends, I was introduced to the healing and prayer ministries at their church. I also had the opportunity to watch Darren Wilson’s films Finger of God and Furious Love, which focus heavily on prayer, healing ministry and the love of God. Let’s just say that my Lutheran upbringing and time attending Baptist churches as an adult really didn’t give me a grid or framework for processing some of the things I was being exposed to. With all of these things running around in my head, it seemed rather providential when I received an e-mail from Chosen Books announcing that Healing Unplugged: Conversations and insights from Two Veteran Healing Leaders was available for review. Once it showed up I just couldn’t put it down. I read the whole book in less than 24 hours.
Healing Unplugged got its start when Randy Clark was filming a series of interviews with Christians who were experienced in healing ministry. Randy’s hope is that these videos could be used in a new Christian Healing Certification Program. The interviews covered questions in five areas:
- What is your story? How were you called into the healing ministry and what major events or experiences have been part of your call?
- How have you grown in the area of healing and miracles, and what have you learned?
- Have you experienced any breakthrough events that caused you to see an increase in healing?
- How have you developed your ability to see and/or hear in the Spirit?
- Would you share with me the four five greatest stories of miraculous healing or deliverances you have experienced?
Randy interviewed Bill Johnson and later Bill would interview Randy. Following these interviews, Randy was so excited about the content of the interviews that he pitched it to Jane Campbell of Chosen Books as an idea for a possible book. Since I now hold the book in my hands, I guess you could say the rest is history.
Healing Unplugged is divided into two parts. The first six chapters are comprised of Randy’s interview with Bill. In the latter half of the book Bill interviews Randy. I really appreciate the sense of comradery and respect that these two men have for each other as they tell their respective stories and recount how their paths have crossed numerous times over the years. As somebody who was largely unfamiliar with these two men and their ministries, I felt like I learned a lot about each of them as they shared about the many challenges they’ve faced in what is often not considered a traditional type of ministry in your average church today. I would recommend this book to anybody looking to learn more about the background and experiences of Bill Johnson and Randy Clark. This would also be an excellent resource for Christians who have a burden to begin working in prayer and healing ministry. After reading this book, I definitely want to read more on this topic, so a few books I’ve identified for further reading are The Essential Guide to Healing (Chosen Books, 2011) and The Nearly Perfect Crime: How the Church Almost Killed the Ministry of Healing (Chosen Books, 2005).
Randy Clark is the founder of Global Awakening, a teaching, healing, and impartation ministry that crosses denominational lines. An in-demand international speaker, he is part of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening and travels extensively for conferences, international missions, leadership training, and humanitarian aid. Randy and his wife, DeAnne, live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Bill Johnson is the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California. A fifth-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the power of the Spirit, he is the bestselling author of When Heaven Invades Earth. Bill and his wife, Beni, serve a growing number of churches through an apostolic network that has crossed denominational lines, partnering for revival. Bill and Beni live near Redding, California.
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This book was provided by Chosen Books for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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