Sunday, March 4, 2018

Book Review - Here Am I, Lord...Send Somebody Else


Being used by God is an adventure you won’t want to miss!

Major Ian Thomas, a British theologian, teacher, and the founder of Torchbearers Bible Schools, spent seven exhausting years trying to live for Christ when he realized that God actually just wanted to live through Him. He offered this extremely simple advice in considering the Christian life: Go where you are sent, stay where you are put, and do what you are asked.

With her trademark warmth and keen sense of humor, esteemed Bible study teacher Jill Briscoe follows Major Thomas’s example to help readers learn how to allow God to live through them, finding their mission field to be right before them—in the space between their own two feet. She uses stories from her own life and of other contemporaries to unpack the story of Moses in helping us better understand our true worth and calling. She asks, “What is your Jerusalem, your Judea, your Samaria? Whether you’re fifty or fifteen, you are called to be God’s light in a troubled world.” This classic work is being updated to include conversation starters and Bible study questions at the end of each chapter.


Jill Briscoe was born in Liverpool England in 1935. Educated at Cambridge she taught school for a number of years before marrying Stuart and raising their three children. In addition to sharing with her husband in ministry with Torchbearers and in pastoring a church in the United States for 30 years, Jill has written more than 40 books, travelled on every continent teaching and encouraging, served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief, and now acts as Executive Editor of a magazine for women called Just Between Us. Jill can be heard regularly on the worldwide media ministry called Telling the Truth. She is proud to be called “Nana” by 13 grandchildren.


In this updated version of her original book, Jill shares what so many of us feel at times when God calls us to something that we feel like we don't want to do or that we feel ill equipped to do. I could heartily relate to the feelings of feeling like God is calling me to something that I'm not particularly wanting to do. However, Jill shows us that when we are obedient to God, He does things through us that we never thought possible.

She shares what happens when we are obedient through her own life and through the lives of those in the Scriptures. She also gives us the tools to be more discerning in making sure we are hearing the voice of God and not the enemy. Staying in God's Word and knowing His voice is emphasized throughout this book.

I really like that there are discussion questions, devotional and a spiritual workout at the end of each chapter. This allowed me to stop and consider what I learned and how I could apply it to my own life. I also think this would be a great book for small groups or a woman's Bible study.

I really enjoyed this book and gained a lot from it. It wasn't as easy to read as some books but it was still good. I'm so used to hearing Jill Brisco speak and expected her writing to be as engaging. However, saying that, I sill recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my Booklook Bloggers

Blessings - Julie

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