I was a little leery about signing up for this book, because depending on what your religious beliefs are, Spirtiual Gifts can be looked at in many different ways.
But Marilyn and Sarah’s book doesn’t get into all that. It’s a wonderfully concise book on what she calls the “Foundational Gifts” or Motivational gifts “because they correspond to the peoples underlying inclinations and preferences, as well as their special abilities, for serving the body of Christ and others.” Romans 12:4-8
I liked how they first went through each gift BEFORE having you take the Gift Evaluation. This was interesting to me because in the past I’ve done it vice versa and have sometimes been a little confused.
Marilyn and Sarah do an outstanding job explaining each gift and referencing back to scripture for each one.
If you’re looking to find out more about the wonderful gifts and abilities God has instilled in you, this would be a great book to read.
It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!
You never know when I might play a wild card on you!
“Encouraging, optimistic, upbeat and energetic” are just a few of the words used to describe her, and at age 80, Marilyn Hickey is still going strong. In recent years, she’s ministered in Sudan, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, India, China and Pakistan – she’s been to 130 countries over the past 50 years and hopes to visit many more. She also speaks in cities across the U.S. for Bible Encounters and at “miracle breakfasts”. Founder and president of Marilyn Hickey Ministries, many have heard her on radio, seen her on TV, or read one of her many books, pamphlets, or Bible study guides over the years. Most recently she has released The Names of God, Spiritual Warfare, Total Healing, and Your Pathway to Miracles with Whitaker House. Marilyn and her husband, Wallace Hickey, are the founding pastors of Orchard Road Christian Center, Denver, Colorado. They have two grown children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Sarah Bowling is Wallace and Marilyn Hickey’s daughter — her mission is “to make a radical, eternal difference in today’s world.” She is a Bible teacher, international speaker, author, senior pastor and founder of Saving Moses, an organization dedicated to reducing infant mortality worldwide. Sarah serves as vice president of Marilyn Hickey Ministries and co-host with her mother on the TV show Today with Marilyn and Sarah which reaches 2.2 billion households worldwide. Sarah and husband Reece are senior pastors at Orchard Road Christian Center, Denver. Sarah has taught, traveled, and ministered in over 40 countries at Bible Encounters, healing meetings, and women’s, pastors’, and leaders’ conferences.
Visit the author’s website.
List Price: $11.99
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House
AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:
body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
o pastors. I thought I wasn’t a good pastor’s wife, and I felt very unspiritual. Yet my life was totally turned around when I learned about the foundational gifts. I saw what my gift was and how satisfied I was when I was operating in it, and I didn’t try to function primarily in the other six gifts, even though I did learn to operate in them more as I grew in my faith. I thought, I see who I am in the body: I’m a teacher. There is nothing wrong with my wanting to teach the Bible. I was so happy to see that God had made me that way. Before the foundation of the world, He planned to give me certain talents and abilities to use for Him. (See, for example, Psalm 139:13–16.)
henever You call me to do so. And I promise to keep my mind renewed to Your Word, so that I will know what Your perfect will is. Now, Father, as I study the various foundational gifts, I ask that Your Holy Spirit would reveal to me the identity of my unique, special gift. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.