Saturday, March 8, 2014

Primal Fire Book Review

Book Review of Primal Fire
  by Neil Cole with Dezi Baker, Ed Waken, Phil Helfer and Paul Kaak
"Reigniting the Church with the Five Gifts of Jesus"

REVIEW BY: L. Bankhead

      Right now!  Don't even bother reading my review.  Just go get the book. 

    If you are in ministry in any capacity  - pastor, missionary, nursery care, Bible study leader, Sunday morning muffin baker - you need to get this book. 

    Sometimes we wonder where we fit in the Great Commission, it's God's Kingdom and within our church.  We feel pressure to "do it like her" or "be like him".  You aren't "him" and you certainly aren't "her" - you are YOU!  You were created in God's image which means you hold in your soul one of Jesus' five gifts.  This book will help you identify where you will best fit in ministry - and it's probably not what you think.  The book is so much more than that as well.  There's historical theology and Cole's exegesis is phenomenal.  Everything points back to Jesus' ministry, really equipping you to get out and do what you are called to do.  I think not only the congregation of a church, but all church leadership needs to get a hold of this book, and fast.  The hierarchical leadership in modern churches is pushing out people with gifts that need to be used in the church.  Isn't the church about furthering God's Kingdom?  Isn't that the whole point of the Great Commission?  Doesn't everyone sitting in a church wonder blankly, "Where do I fit here?"  This book will help guide the reader to what ministry position they are best suited for; and help leaders point their members to the right direction, and not stick them in a place they won't thrive.  A fire will light inside of you begging you to find your place, and urging you on for something more.  Not all of the gifts are leading a Sunday School class - some are out in the wilds and on the road.  Are you excited yet?   I recommend this book for 16 years old and up, or for a younger student seriously considering where they fit within the church and out in ministry of any kind.

(I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network as part of their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.") 

NEXT UP!  Reviews coming your way this Spring.... 

Hidden Falls (some episodes) by Olivia Newport

Blessings of The Cross by assorted authors

Blind Descent by Brian Dickinson


Neil Cole said...

Hey, Lacey, thanks for the great review! Just one little request...Ted Dekker didn't write this book or have anything really to do with it. I wrote it with the four guys I have served along side of for 15 to 25 years. Dezi Baker (Prophetic), Ed Waken (Evangelistic), Phil Helfer (Pastoral) and Paul Kaak (Teacher).

Lacey Bankhead said...

So sorry for the faux pas. This is what lack of sleep will bring you! Please accept my sincerest apology to you and your many fans.

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