Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Abiding in Christ – Growing in His Character and Christlikeness
Patricia Bootsma writes from her study of God’s Word. Her lifestyle demonstrates how she is actively living out the title of her book, “A Lifestyle of “Divine Encounters through prayer, prophecy, and the living Word of God.” She defines knowing God relationally, personally and powerfully through: intimacy, encounter, and in an experiential dimension of prayer
Bootsma includes a balance of Scripture, Biblical examples, instruction, and insight from the writers of many classic books on prayer. I was quite amazed at the power packed pages throughout the book. I was drawn into Rees Howell’s intense urgency for prevailing prayer, as well as the prayer secrets Reinhard Bonnke, Reese Howells, Charles Finney, and other prayer warriors, past and present.
In a logical progression, Patricia helps the reader discover reasons for pursuing regular, diligent prayer, develop a two-way dialog with God, enhance a more in-depth relationship in His spirit, recognize spiritual gifts which result into finding open doors for active service.
The extensive chapter endnotes become a compilation of essential books for every prayer chapel, pastor’s library: a resource list for Christians in all walks of life.
“A Lifestyle of Divine Encounters – Through Prayer, Prophecy, and the Living Word” is a book I plan to recommend to friends, refer to often. I plan to put into practice the pointers, keys, and tips that have already motivated me to reexamine my prayer life, Bible study habits. I also want to study more deeply the chapters on prophecy, revelation, and walking in the realm of the spirit.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,
978-0768418828, $ 16.99, 2018, 198 pages