Saturday, September 2, 2017

Book Review: 'You Are Made for More!' by Lisa Osteen Comes

"For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;" -- 1 Corinthians 9:19 (NKJV)

Before commenting on the book, let me mention that I enjoy Ms. Comes's Bible-based teachings over the Internet on Wednesday nights from Lakewood Church. She is always well prepared, has an outline available, and brings a lot of joy to the teaching.

Whenever I read a book by someone who I have heard teach quite a bit, I'm always concerned that the book will simply repeat the teachings. I am always glad to find out that the book, instead, expands on the teachings and makes them more useful . . . the case with this book.

While I have often heard Ms. Comes refer to her birth injury, being injured by a package bomb, going through an unwanted divorce at a young age, and having trouble conceiving, I actually knew few of the details. This book clearly spells them out in a way that makes God's grace more apparent to me.

The book's theme is that circumstances and our reactions to the, can keep us from seeking what God wants for us. Ms. Comes explores that theme in terms of overcoming circumstances and reactions such as sudden setbacks, having flaws that are evident to all, depending on people who don't keep their promises, being distracted, having a broken heart, feeling afraid, experiencing disappointment, staying fixed on some bad event in your past, carrying an unappealing label, filing, feeling unable, and being ready to give up after feeling knocked down many times.

In most cases, she shares a personal story of a trial that she had that turned into a testimony or contributed to her ministry to others. As an underscore to that point, the most powerful of these lessons are the ones that contain the most vivid and challenging personal trials. It's impressive to think of one person overcoming all these trials to be upbeat and ministering to others. God is good!

There's a nice balance among testimonies, suggestions for how to overcome such trials, and Bible verses that explain what God has in mind for people in such circumstances.

I encourage you to buy, read, and refer to this book anytime you or anyone you know is in such a trial. This book will provide just what's needed.

As I mentally reviewed Pastor Joel Osteen's life, I could not help noticing how different this older sister's life has been from his in terms or trials and fruit from those trials. Her life feels much more like mine than his does. That's not a criticism. I'm just making the point that you may find her teaching will connect to you at a deeper level if you share any of the challenges that she has had.

May God bless you, your family, and all you do in the name of Jesus!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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