Book Review ~ The Ultimate Conversation by Charles Stanley @InTouchMin

Charles F. Stanley
Christian Life/Inspirational

Back of the book:

Have you ever considered what it means to talk to God? Is it really possible to communicate with the Creator of all that exists and be able to understand His plans and purposes for your life?

Perhaps there are questions you desperately need answered. Maybe you are facing a trial that is too large or difficult to face on your own and you yearn for divine direction. Or it could be you are simply curious about what He would say to you.

In The Ultimate Conversation, which is based on a lifetime of walking with the Father and fifty-five years of ministry founded on prayer, Dr. Charles Stanley not only teaches the disciplines of intercession but also explains how to fight life’s battles through intimate communion with the Lord. Dr Stanley discusses how to truly know God through communication with Him. He explores topics such as:

·         Learning to recognize the sound of the Father’s voice
·         How your perception of God shapes your prayer life
·         Winning your battles through prayer
·         Finding true peace and joy through intimacy with the Lord

No matter what confounding questions, perplexing circumstances, or seemingly insurmountable barriers you are facing today, the solution to them is absolutely obvious to God. He has the most profound knowledge and understanding of every topic in the universe—including your personal situation—and He longs to share his answers with you. He also has the power and wisdom necessary to help you overcome your deepest issues and experience your most rewarding successes.

Draw closer to the Father. Get to know God by engaging with Him in The Ultimate Conversation.

About the author:

Twitter: @InTouchMin

Dr. Stanley's earliest childhood memories are of God's support during the difficult circumstances following the death of his father. Through the counsel and example of his godly mother and grandfather, he learned to trust and obey God's Word. At the age of 14, Dr. Stanley received a clear call to the ministry, which later led him to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, and a bachelor of divinity degree at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned his master's degree and doctorate from Luther Rice Seminary. Always practical, Dr. Stanley often says, "I feel I cannot honestly tell you how to believe Bible truths, and put these truths to work in your life, until I have first let God work them into my own life."

Dr. Stanley's messages tackle such issues as parenting, finances, personal crises, emotions, and relationships. Instructional teaching for personal spiritual growth focuses on prayer, the character of God, fellowship through the Holy Spirit, and the Person of Jesus Christ. Dr. Stanley fervently believes the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, a belief strongly reflected in his teaching.

A common theme found throughout In Touch Ministries' voluminous viewer and listener correspondence is how God has changed lives through Dr. Stanley's teaching. Any success achieved by In Touch or Dr. Stanley is directly attributed to the hand of God. Dr. Stanley says, "It is the Word of God and the work of God that changes people's lives."

The goal of Dr. Charles Stanley is best represented by In Touch's mission statement: to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local church. Dr. Stanley's heart's desire is to get the gospel to "as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God."

My thoughts:

Many years ago I listened to a message by Dr. Stanley that profoundly changed my life. I will always be grateful to this man and his ministry. With The Ultimate Conversation, he has once again drawn me deeper into my relationship with Christ.

If you have ever listened to In Touch on the radio or the TV you are going to delight in the fact that you can “hear” Dr. Stanley’s voice. He writes as he speaks and his gentle yet strong teaching manner comes through loud and clear from the words on the page.

Prayer is an important part of most of our lives. Yet we seem to struggle with the day to day aspect of it. It seems very natural to cry out to God in times of trouble or sorrow, but not so natural to have a daily conversation with our Father. Dr. Stanley walks you through the barriers to this relationship and guides you into developing a relationship with the Creator.

I didn't really find anything contained within to be a new revelation, but rather a reminder of what I should be doing and the benefits of doing it. After reading the book I found myself craving the relationship that Dr. Stanley has with God. The best part of the book was that he continually assures the reader that that relationship is completely attainable.

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