21 May 2008

The Seven Longings of the Human Heart: A Review



God has placed deep longings in the heart of every human being. We all long for beauty, for greatness, for fascination, for intimacy. We all long to be enjoyed, to be whole-hearted, to make a lasting impact. Many of us have been taught to deny these longings. We've been told they are not of God. But the problem is not the longings--they are given of God and cannot be denied. Problems only arise when we attempt to fulfill godly, legitimate longings in ungodly, wrong ways. Only God can fulfill the longings He has given to us. Only God can truly satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. When we realize our longings are godly and God wants to fulfill them, we find freedom and joy. We experience intimacy with God in ways we'd never thought possible.....(summary on back cover).

I've been reading through this book for a while. It was given to me by a friend who loved it. I must admit, I had a really hard time getting into this book. I'm not sure why. The content was very good and there were certain passages that really did speak to me. Sometimes you just don't *click* with a writer though, you know? I think that was my problem here. I found Mike Bickle to be somewhat wordy and repetitive, at least in his writing. I've never heard him speak, although my husband did when we were in Kansas City not long ago and said he did a good job. He has a ministry in Kansas City called International House of Prayer (IHOP for short). There is prayer there 24/7, 365 days a year--it's pretty amazing.

So I'm not actually saying that I don't recommend this book, the theme of it is very good. I just have to be honest and say how difficult it was for me to read. However, if these are thoughts you are interested in or are struggling with, this would be a good book for you. Obviously it speaks to people: the friend who gave it to me gave it a glowing review.

Happy reading!

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