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If you haven't read Crushed by T.D. Jakes then this is a great read. If you've read Crushed this book pretty much has the same message (And it's a great one). I support everything Bishop does because he's my favorite pastor ever but this books message was a little bit to similar to the last one that I recently got done reading.
If you read Crushed skip this one If you haven't this is a great short read that get's straight to the point.
When I began to read Planted with a Purpose, I was apprehensive about the ability for one to connect with what the author, Bishop T.D. jakes, was trying to communicate. The terminology used in the opening of the first chapter made me distant. I believe that some of the terminology used could have been avoidable. As I continued to read, however, his oratorical skills shined throughout this book as he used imagery to instill the point that neither difficult or joyous occasions are happenstance, but are rooted in purpose. The author carries the reader throughout the winemaking process, from seed to wine, to depict our own growth and development as we transition through each stage of life.
Planted with a Purpose is not a book you can rush through. This book should intentionally be read slowly so you can digest the wealth of information Bishop Jakes is providing. The questions at the end of each chapter pulls the reader into tending to the areas that are bruised and broken and apply God’s truth to them. The questions also causes the reader to remember God’s goodness.
This book is not one that I will read once and never pick up again. It had me reflect on the different seasons of my life well after I completed it. It gave me a fresh perspective and reminded me of God’s never failing and never ending love. Thank you to FaithWords for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
In Bishop Jakes latest release, his goal is to show you how God is with you even when things don't seem to go right. The book seemed very deja vu ish, as it appears to follow along the same line of one of his previous books, Crushed, Which I read and have physical copies when it first came out. If you haven't read Crushed, then you should glean a lot of spiritual insight in this book.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review
In Planted with a Purpose, T.D. Jakes explored the topic of discovering your purpose amidst having to face crushing experiences along the way. Even in your pain, you can still find unexpected blessings. Jakes opens up about how he had his own crushing circumstances and one of these was when he witnessed his mother dying. Around this time, he was also speaking at other churches more, his books were becoming best sellers, and even getting a movie deal. He also shared close to this time his daughter become pregnant at thirteen. Critics was spreading their opinions and he felt depressed and crushed along with losing his mother. He shared how during these crushing times we may feel crushed and broken and we may question our suffering and where is God during it. In the book, Jakes looks at biological growth of a human and how the seed becomes a human. He revealed how no person remains a fertilized ovum and how we each grew to something greater. He shared how the Word discussed all seasons of life and how it has a beginning, middle, and the end. He explored the seed in Abraham and how the promise was found in Jesus and how we apart of the vine and how fruit eventually grows. This in turn is to illustrate our fruit bearing from our lives and God can use for our greater purposes. Throughout the book, Jakes also looked at the process of wine making and crushing the grapes, fermenting, and collecting the wine. He explored how our life is like the process of winemaking. He discussed how we have to wait and how with each generation we hate having to wait for things, such as marriage, babies, good job, eating, texting, and much more. We want everything now. Jakes shared in his own life how he had to wait seven years before he preached and he already had many messages worked on. During this time, God was working on building his character, nervousness, heart, and wisdom.
I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is ready to discover their purpose in life and they may currently be going through a crushing season. But Jakes encourages readers to hold on to hope and he explains how God will use everything in every season of our lives to help us find our true purpose. I immensely connect with how transparent Jakes was in sharing about the pains he felt his life with losing his mother and with his daughter become pregnant and getting thrown a curve ball in life. He shared how God used both of theses to help him find his purpose in life and how God doesn’t waste anything in our life. I liked how he looked at Jesus life and how He took our sins and how during his crushing season, He was preparing us for when we will meet Him in Heaven. I also was encouraged when Jakes reminded readers of the righteous found in Christ and God already sees us as He is. If you’re looking for a book on discovering your purpose, then read this book!
"I received this book free from the publisher, Faithwords for my honest review.”
Best-selling author T.D. Jakes has packed a punch in this small book subtitled “God turns pressure into power.” Our world has gone haywire with this pandemic and this book is full of wisdom and insights for the hard times in life. Virus or not, everyone goes through these challenging situations where you feel like the world has crushed you and you feel God has abandoned you or is silent.
As Bishop Jakes writes, “Your crushing is nothing more than the beginning of a glorious transformation process that will reveal who and what you really are to the world and to you. And it’s just the first step, just like your acceptance of Jesus’ death comes first, so does your crushing. Just like the grapes being trampled comes first, so does your crushing. There is more to come—so much more.” (Page 54)
Every reader will gain personal insights and inspiration from Scripture and Bishop Jake’s stories from PLANTED WITH A PURPOSE. I recommend this book.
Planted with a Purpose is a Christian living book by author T.D. Jakes.
Could there be a reason for our suffering? Is the best yet to come?
As I was reading this book I reflected on the COVID-19 virus and how it is affecting us. Could there be a greater purpose? I appreciated the questions at the end of each chapter in this book especially (1) When you encounter trouble, what can you remind yourself about God's nature? and (2) How has God used trouble for your good in the past?
As the world is in a waiting season to see what God does next how are we allowing Him to prepare and mature us?
I love that this short, pocket-sized book is a great tool for everyone. I especially recommend it to fans of inspirational books.