It was my privilege to read Jim Cymbala’s newest book Storm – Hearing Jesus for The Times We Live In, coauthored with Jennifer Schuchmann. I’ve never read a Jim Cymbala book before, but after reading this one I look forward to reading more of his work.
In Storm, Jim Cymbala Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle came across as humble, concerned and broken over some of the trends he’s seeing in today’s Christian church in America. He also wielded authority as he spoke truth and warnings from scripture.
This book was well balanced. Too often I’ve read books in which Christians share their concerns about the church, but they seem judgmental and lack grace and mercy and aren’t speaking the truth in love. Jim Cymbala came across as the man who after removing the log from his own eye, he gently helps the reader to remove the speck from their eye.
Jim speaks, not only to Pastors and church leaders in this book, but also to congregants and challenges each of us to live in the light of Jesus soon return. He knows the power of the Gospel to change hearts, minds and lives of those who truly repent and receive Christ as Lord and Savior. He also conveys the importance of daily reading and studying God’s Word for yourself and being a prayer warrior dependent upon God.
Jim shares warnings that there is a storm approaching and we need to beware of the tempest within the church and prayerlessness. I especially appreciated the personal stories he shared about the radical transformation of some of the people in his church.
I’m one who likes to underline and make notes in my books. I did a lot of that in Storm. I found myself convicted, challenged, corrected and encouraged.
I highly recommend Storm by Jim Cymbala with Jennifer Schuchmann. It’s a book you will want to read, reread and share with others.
I would like to thank the people at BookLook and Zondervan Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
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Hello dear friends! And Merry Christmas to you! Enjoyed your thoughts on this book so much I may read it myself. Larry & I did our 2nd move and now in Murrieta just a skip from Temecula! And walking distance to church! Love our new church. Remember Chris Mueller? He did men’s conference for Kindred. Anyway that’s where we are now. still stay in touch with Kindred tho. I think of you so very often. Glad we can stay in touch! Love you, Dee
So very good to hear from you. I miss you and my CBS and Kindred friends! Good to hear that you are getting settled in your new home and church home.
I do remember Chris Mueller…he’s a solid preacher! Are you still in the CBS Orange class? I’ve been listening to Patty’s Corinthians messages…they are so good.
We’ve been able to get into the CBS class near Chris’ work. It’s a couple group we are in and we are doing the Servants of God study this year.
We’ve been in our home for almost two months now. It’s been a whirlwind year. Moving is not for the faint of heart that’s for sure.
Dee, I hope that you and Larry enjoy your new home and church. Miss you and I’m very grateful to be able to stay in touch.
By the way…this book is really good. I think you would like it. I want to read some of his early work now.
Have a very Merry Christmas…may you have joy, peace and much love.