Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Willing To Walk On Water by Caroline Barnett

In Willing to Walk on Water, Caroline Barnett reveals that God created us to be happiest when we are doing the things we care about most—when we’re using our innate talents and passions to make the lives of those around us better. Drawing on her experiences at the Dream Center—a ministry full of unlikely miracles in inner-city Los Angeles—Caroline helps you find your “trigger,” the specific need in your world you can’t stand to see unmet any longer. She’ll show you how to act with your eyes and heart open to God’s leading, and to balance your dreams of making a difference with your everyday responsibilities.

Give God your willingness and He will give you a reignited passion for life. Take that first step toward Him; you’ll find the water beneath your feet is as firm as solid ground. (book cover)

See book trailer here.

Read first chapter here.

Q & A with Caroline Barnett

Willing To Walk On Water not only recounts areas of service ministry Caroline Barnett has been involved with though the Dream Center of Los Angeles, but also has short stories of others who have had their lives changed with the ministries they began or took part in. This is about overcoming your fear of failure, and other stumbling blocks, but rely on knowing that the best place to be is within the will of God. She calls for you to consider what you are most passionate about and how you can step out in faith, and make a difference. If God has placed this on your heart, He will walk with you as serve Him through serving others.

One thing I appreciated is that she mentions several things people can do, no matter what their circumstances are. Too often I hear people make suggestions of small sacrifices you can make such as giving up one cup of coffee a day or a meal out and donating that money to a cause---those things aren't part of my life so I don't have them to give up. However, I can spend time or do an act of kindness to someone. As she states in the book, every act of obedience to God makes a difference. The important thing is to step out and trust God.

I really enjoyed the book. The focus on ministering to the needs of people is one that is dear to me, so this book may encourage you to step out...or give you something to think about. We are becoming more sharply divided, as a nation, on poverty and the methods of dealing with it. When you look at the problem as a whole, it can be overwhelming; Caroline has written a reminder of what a difference a small thing can be when all is entrusted to Jesus.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review and all opinions are my own.

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