Book Review of “Storm” by Jim Cymbala


Book Description From Publisher:


Storm: What Jesus Is Saying to His Church is a book for every Christian who is concerned about the challenges that face believers today. Using powerful stories of people who have been transformed by Christ, it will strike a note of encouragement and hope, helping Christians to remember that a life surrendered to Christ in the midst of a church transformed by his presence cannot be defeated. No amount of spiritual darkness or cultural pressure can drown out the life-giving power of the gospel.


Jim Cymbala uses the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy to make a rallying cry for revival of the church and a focus on Christ above the trends of society. STORM is a book that starts a discussion on Prayer and faithfulness to God’s plan for the church. Using the story of Hannah as a backdrop, Cymbala navigates waters of intense, soul enriching prayer that point to the need to have prayer as the foundation for any church.


He cites statistics and figures about a church in decline to set up his presentation. This is not only necessary, but refreshing as well. He presents the problem of church decline and the absence of Christ centered focuses and brilliantly offers biblical insight void of a lot of fluff and glamour.


He does tread the line between biblical prayer and “blab it and grab it prayer”, but he never does seem to cross it. Still, the fact that it seems to be presented here in some sense is disheartening. He also includes personal testimonies and stories on prayer’s power which paint real and raw pictures of the lives of those who experienced God’s power in their lives.


All in all, this book is a great read, but I do wish it was a bit longer especially in light of the price tag it carries. I appreciate the middle ground no nonsense approach Jim presents and feel it will serve as a benefit to anyone who reads it.


I give this book 4 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

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