Review by Ian Acheson
This was a delightful read of a very humble man who is able to look back at his 80+ years and see how God had His hand on so many small and large happenings during his life.
I haven't read any of Jerry's books (eg, “Pursuit of Holiness”)and felt led to read this for some reason and am so glad for it.
There are so many takeaways from this short memoir of sorts, a few of which I'll mention in this review. Jerry was born with a number of physical shortcomings and grew up in a very unassuming home. It reminds me how God loves taking those who the world wouldn’t expect to make an impact and use them to do great things for His Kingdom.
Jerry is a disciple of the Navigator Scripture Memory System and throughout this book he demonstrates how important the memorisation of Scripture has been in his life. As he says, if there are no verses hidden in your heart, what words can the Spirit nudge you with when He wishes to make a point? I love that.
Jerry's idea of "dependent responsibility" in terms of sanctification which I believe is a theme through many of his works is a great concept. As he writes:
"We are responsible for sanctifying our lives but we cannot make one inch of progress in the Christian life apart from the enabling power of the Holy Spirit." (p 75)
And finally, Jerry attributes his greatest period of fruitfulness to the last 20 years of his life. To this day, in his eighties, he continues to teach to large groups and bear the fruit from books he has written since retiring from "corporate life". That gives me great hope that there is still much I can do that can bear fruit for the Lord.