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Posted June 26, 2003
I will admit before I read this book I wasn't all that much of a christian. I mean I belived in God (or said I did) but never accepted him and prayed. But after I finished this the words 'god','church',and 'prayer' tasted soo good when I spoke of them. Now I'm starting to go to church more! I pray. And even quit my habbit of complaining and being rude and now am just a happier person! I recomend this to anyone who is looking for a BETTER LIFE or is wanting to ALLOW GOD TO GUIDE YOU but don't know how to do that? Read this book. It's a quick, life changing, and great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2002
This book is so great! I loved it! It really opened my eyes up, because I needed some spiritual cleansing! It is great that they have one for teens, so anyone can read the one according to there age and understand what those few bible verses mean.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 21, 2002
Posted May 5, 2002
The Prayer of Jabez for Teens, opened my eyes to a totally differant way of seeing the relationship with God. I picked it up in the morning and was SOOO hooked I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I had to grab a pen and take notes. And, for those with finals and many exams, it isn't terribly long. But it is crammed full of experienced insight on what to pray to change your life. And what God needs your life to be to use you. It is very simple and the book explains every detail. For those who are feeling lost or keep falling (and by the grace of God are caught each time) here is a book that may help you get back on track and stay on track. It seemed to put my thoughts and sub-conscious thoughts on God into words so that I could understand things better. I highly recommend this book for struggling teens and those who feel they want to get to know God fully. Here is a great first step.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2001
Woah- i just finished it last night and it is an amazing book with so much insite into God that i really am filled with a renewed sense of love for God and an understanding i have never seen. Wow. It was just SO powerful!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2001
This book is exactly like the bestseller, The Prayer of Jabez. I noticed that a lot of my coworkers were reading The Prayer of Jabez. I also noticed they were much older. So I went searching for the book. Since I'm only 19 a lot of the things didn't really apply to me. However, when I read the teen version, it made perfect sense. It was if the author had said, 'In other words, for you teens, The Prayer of Jabez is so on and so forth'. It was really enjoyable. I encourage any teen who is having spiritual conflicts and problems to read this book. It is really helpful in so many ways.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2001
Teenagers often feel left out, like a nobody with no future. For that reason, the story of Jabez (whose mother named him 'pain') should be relevant and appealing. From this unpleasant beginning, Jabez came to receive many blessings from God. In this book, Dr. Wilkinson makes the case that if God is there for unpopular nobodies like Jabez, He must be there for all of us! Dr. Wilkinson has a nice manner for speaking to teenagers. He recalls his own thoughts and hopes during the teenage years. He also relates stories of how teenagers have made an enormous difference for God in assisting adults and other teens. Suddenly, you will feel like someone is talking to you who cares about you, as God does. 'This little book starts with everything we put in the original, bestselling The Prayer of Jabez . . . .' ' . . . [T]hen we ask the question: If God wanted to change the world with a teenager like you, how would He want you to pray?' The challenge also goes out in this form: 'Are you ready to do one thing that could change the rest of your life?' As much as the Bible teaches me, I find that I learn even more by hearing about the interpretations that others make of the Bible. Those interpretations are most beneficial when they include witnessing one's own experiences. Dr. Wilkinson has provided us with many soulful insights from 30 years of reciting a little-noticed Old Testament prayer in this inspiring book. One reason that it is nice to hear what others say about the Bible is that some of them read Hebrew, which I do not. Knowing what the original text said should provide more clues to its precise meaning. Dr. Wilkinson has provided insights from the Hebrew texts to help us understand what the translations mean. The Prayer of Jabez is found in 1 Chronicles 4:10 following a brief introduction of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9. This text is in the middle of a long list of about 500 Hebrew names beginning with Adam in providing a geneology. The casual Bible reader might never notice this material. Since there is so little text, the plain meaning of what is found here can certainly be confusing. 'Jabez' means 'pain' in Hebrew. Jabez was named this by his mother 'Because I bore him in pain.' Since almost all babies bring pain to their mothers, it is hard to know exactly what was different about Jabez, if anything. In this book, there is a nice emphasis on the special problems a teenager would have if his name was Pain. Jabez is remembered for having his prayer answered. The prayer was: 'Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!' Dr. Wilkinson provides several perspectives on this prayer that added much to my understanding of the Scripture. First, Mr. Wilkinson interprets this as meaning that the person praying is asking to play a bigger role in achieving God's purposes. That was a new thought for me. I tend to feel that each of us is kept pretty busy trying to do God's will in whatever roles we already have. How can we do more? Obviously, only with God's help. By taking on even larger roles, we probably move closer to a state of humility by knowing that we cannot possibly succeed without Divine guidance and assistance. So what seems like a prideful thing actually turns out to be the opposite. What is your reaction to that? Second, I was startled a few years ago to hear a group of rabbis and ministers talk about how the traditional concept of the moral life was to never be tempted. I feel tempted all of the time, and overcome temptations only after sincere struggles. Dr. Wilkinson points out that the best way to avoid evil is not to be tempted in the first place. 'Without temptation, we will not sin.' So this text encouraged me to ask even more for being kept away from evil. Naturally, the Lord's Prayer does that, but this important point had been partially lost on me until I read this bWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.