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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Face-to-Face by S. Michael Wilcox {Deseret Book Review}

“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend” (Exodus 33:11). 

Is it possible to talk with God as Moses did—face to face? This is not only what we long for, but what God also ardently desires. For Moses that may have meant an actual physical encounter, but for most of us it is an expression that suggests friendship, open communication, honesty, and the conversations of familiarity. But how is that done? And how can we learn how God speaks to us individually? Bestselling author S. Michael Wilcox explores the scriptural expressions and concepts of “pouring out,” “wrestling,” being “filled with desire,” and “knocking” at the door Jesus promised would open to us— particularly in those times when we deeply need heaven to hear us and to confirm to our souls that more than our words are being received.

I had an opportunity to hear S. Michael Wilcox speak at Time Out For Women in April.  He is an amazing, spiritual man who has such a strong testimony of prayer that it took my breath away.  Having lost his wife to cancer during the Christmas holidays he is extremely familiar with grief and pain and he knows what it is like to feel like your prayers go unanswered.  In this book S. Michael Wilcox breaks down the concept of prayer into its most basic elements and helps the reader understand that prayer is more than just saying words that bounce back off of the ceiling.  Prayer requires "more intensity, more earnestness, and more honesty."  The pouring out literally suggests that as you pour there can be "no holding back" and it encompasses an "entire world of feeling and emotions."  Saying your prayers involves wrestling, believing, acting, desire, and knocking on the door and through this book the author shows you what that looks like, how it works, and invites you to act upon the word.

I am enjoying this book although, for me it is not a "sit down and read it through" kind of a book.  I find myself going back again and again and rereading certain paragraphs and sections.  I'm not going to lie, S. Michael Wilcox is a smart man and I find myself rereading as well to try to understand what he is telling me but -- I am steadily working my way through to the end.  For such a little book, it teaches volumes about prayer!

Face-to-Face retails at DeseretBook.com as a hardback for $17.09 and as a Bookshelf eBook for $10.99.  Remember, the Bookshelf app is free and available for iPhone and Android devices!  Feel free to read an excerpt of the book...


Disclaimer:  I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.  Thank you so much Deseret Book!

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