Secrets of the Vine: Breaking through to Abundance

Secrets of the Vine: Breaking through to Abundance

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by Bruce Wilkinson
     
 

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In this powerful follow-up to his bestseller The Prayer of Jabez, Dr. Bruce Wilkinson explores John 15 to show readers how to make maximum impact for God. Dr. Wilkinson demonstrates how Jesus is the Vine of life, discusses four levels of "fruit bearing" (doing the good work of God), and reveals three life-changing truths that will lead listeners to new joy and…  See more details below

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In this powerful follow-up to his bestseller The Prayer of Jabez, Dr. Bruce Wilkinson explores John 15 to show readers how to make maximum impact for God. Dr. Wilkinson demonstrates how Jesus is the Vine of life, discusses four levels of "fruit bearing" (doing the good work of God), and reveals three life-changing truths that will lead listeners to new joy and effectiveness in His kingdom. Secrets of the Vine opens listeners' eyes to the Lord's hand in their lives and uncovers surprising insights that will point them toward a new path of consequence for God's glory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742984097
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/15/2001
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
3.70(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Wilkinson is the founder of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and Walk Thru the Bible International. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Prayer of Jabez and Secrets of the Vine as well as 30 Days to Experiencing Spiritual Breakthroughs and numerous other books. Bruce and his wife, Darlene, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have three children.

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Secrets of the Vine 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Bruce Wilkinson for being a faithful student of Greek words and meanings and for passing on what he has learned. I have just finished the book 'Secrets of the Vine' and want to relate how, when I read the part where Jesus said: 'Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away', I prayed and told God that I wanted to really take hold of this teaching. It seemed to be too good to be true that the 'taking away' means 'lift up' or 'pick up'. I reread that part of the book in particular so much wanting it to be so that God is picking me up and lifting me (rather than cutting me off and dicarding me). Very shortly after reading this book and having it very fresh in my mind, I was out in my garden and saw that the two rows of pea vines needed attention so that they could stand upright along the netted fence I had put up for them. I began to lift up the vines and hold them up to the wire so that their tendrils could grasp the wire. The vines themselves were so tender that any forcing or harsh treatment would cause them to pop and break and thus not be healthy. I had to treat them gently and be patient while training them to stand up. Any part of the vine that was damaged would not produce. I almost wept with thankfulness as I realized just what was happening as I was lifting up the vines to help them stand. I realized that God, the Vinedresser is that tender toward me....more so in fact. He wants to lift me up so I can stand and He will. I enjoyed the rest of the book as well, but this particular part was so alive to me at this time in my life. I've read a book that has led me closer to abiding with Christ and have seen how God's heart is tender toward me because He showed me in my own garden with another type of vine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy hearing what others have to say about the Bible, especially those who have a knowledge of Hebrew. They can gather meanings that are not apparent to me from the plain words in the English translation. I was delighted to find that The Secrets of the Vine focuses on one of the most puzzling Bible stories I have ever read, and expanded my knowledge of what that story means. Through a combination of this new understanding and reflecting on The Prayer of Jabez, I have come to appreciate new choices concerning my relationship to God. That's a great gift, and I feel deeply moved by the experience. I think you will be, too. After the Last Supper, Jesus took His disciples outside to visit a vineyard in order to teach a lesson. Obviously, this was a most important lesson because it came as the last ordinary conversation they could have together in person. The story is told in John 15. 'I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.' John 15:1 'Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away . . . .' '. . . and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.' 'I am the vine, you are the branches.' 'He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.' 'By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit.' Bruce Wilkinson does a good job of explaining about viticulture as a way of expanding the meaning of these passages. The vine itself is the bulky gnarly trunk that comes up from the ground and is kept pruned into just a few branches. The branches are tied up to keep them in the air. If they are not tied up, they fall to the ground where dirt and disease will keep them from bearing fruit. The branches must be cut back in order that the vine will produce fruit rather than leaves and new growth. The older the vine gets, the more it has to be cut back to be productive. But the older it gets, the better the grapes can be. If you have fallen off the wires, God will tie you back up so that you can once again bear fruit. Once there, He will keep you pruned. The book argues then that much of the time we will feel like we are being disciplined (in a loving way) when we sin or pruned (to become more productive) when we are doing God's work. The book describes how to tell when you are receiving the one versus the other. Both may be painful, but each provides a different lesson. What I got from this interpretation is that we should focus on how we can better do God's will. Mr. Wilkinson makes a fine point when he says that 'we don't really believe God likes us.' I often find it hard to imagine why God would be willing to put up with our tiny and incomplete lives. When we overcome that feeling though, we can realize that God wants us to strengthen our relationship with Him first to 'deepen the quality of my devoted time with God' and then to 'broaden my devoted time' until it is 'all the time.' A particular point that was revealing to me was that this means we should spend more time abiding with God and less time doing works. Most of us try to do more and more works. The final pruning causes us to bear more fruit. 'If your life bears a lot of fruit, God will invite you to abide more deeply with Him.' I also see this as an invocation to narrow our focus onto God, so that His will permeates our thoughts and actions more thoroughly. Obviously, one action taken through God's will accomplishes much more than all of our actions taken without His will. As a test of the validity of these thoughts, I was pleased to see that they made my experiences with the prayer of Jabez more vivid and moving. Thinking about this Bible lesson from John 15 also served to expand and sharpen my mental and visual focus. I took these experiences to mean that these messages were redirecting my life. I am very grateful for the experience. After you have read and prayed upon what you learn from this book, may you find ways to abide more and more deeply with God. God bless you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good Some liberties taken, but very helpful nonetheless. Easy to read and illuminating for those novice to John 15. I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will not attempt to replicate the troubling points in this work. I will say that most of the negative comments are overstated, and there is much to like in this book. Wilkinson notes with insight the disciplining ways of God, and while the author does take a few liberties with interpretation, his points are cogent and helpful to the suffering Christian. Without question, this book is more scripturally sound that the Jabez book. While this work is in the same genre, but not in the same class as 'With Joseph in the University of Adversity', or 'God Meant it for Good', it furnishes help to the hurting soul in time of need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would suggest that Mr. Wilkinson subtitle this book, "How to be at home in God's Kingdom." This excellent work doesn't merely point us to a higher spiritual plane, but, rather, entrusts the reader with the keys to the normal Christian life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bruce does it again with depth and honesty. He gives guidelines that anyone can and should follow to get the most out of their walk with Jesus. A must have for anyone wanting to be more in God.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a few days---a quick and easy read. It will leave you motivated to walk in the direction the Lord wants us to walk. The author explains the different ways God tries to get our attention and the different choices we can make. Obviously the end result being that we bear more fruit for God (if you are a new Christian, this book will explain very well what 'fruit' is and why God wants us to bear it for him. Jesus taught a lot of great lessons, and this is an entire book on just one of them. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Prayer of Jabez, but after reading Secrets of the Vine, fell in love with it! We sometimes need a reminder of his love, and to realize that when circumstances are not going our way, its not always because we are out of his will, but that we may be going through a 'pruning period' - which is God's loving way of helping us to become more like Jesus. Also, puts in proper perspective what our ultimate reason for being here is - to produce fruit for his glory!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a sequel to THE PRAYER OF JABEZ which shows Christians how to ask for a life of abundance in service for God. SECRETS OF THE VINE instructs us how God works in our lives to give us that life of abundance if we cooperate with Him to make it happen. We can expect to go through three seasons. In the first one God disciplines us to remove sin and in the next season God does some pruning to allow us to better order our priorities. In the third one we will be invited by God to abide more deeply with Him. The author shows us how to recognize which season we are presently in and how to get the most out of it. The lessons of the book are easy to understand but the prescriptions for growth appear quite difficult to complete. It is important to remember that most worthwhile goals in life are not easy to reach. I recommend this book as a follow-up to THE PRAYER OF JABEZ - especially if you are serious about your walk with Christ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ihave read this book and would encourage others to. Bruce brings to light some ordinary truths that some how pass us by. He has a great gift for making these things even simpler to understand. I have tried the prayer in the Prayer of Jabez and it really works. I would encourage you to read Jabez first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly loved this book. It has given me a whole new insight on the vine and the branches. I can now be able to decipher what season I am in, the pruning or discipline stage. A book you must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I WANT TO THANK MR. BRUCE WILKINSON ONCE AGAIN FOR WRITING ANOTHER OUTSTANDING BOOK. THIS BOOK IS HELPING ME UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD IS TRYING TO DO IN MY LIFE. MR. WILKINSON REALLY BREAKS IS DOWN SO THAT YOU CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS REALLY GOING IN YOUR LIFE. I ENJOYED THIS BOOK AS WELL AS THE PRAYER OF JABEZ. PLEASE IF YOU HAVE READ THE PRAYER OF JABEZ, PLEASE READ THE SECRETS OF THE VINE IT IS A MUST HAVE BOOK! THIS BOOK WILL OPEN YOUR EYES. GOD IS SO GOOD AND ONCE YOU REALIZE THAT HE ONLY WANTS TO LOVE YOU EVEN MORE THINGS START TO CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST AND ALSO TO MR. BRUCE WILKINSON FOR BLESSING ME!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author is completely misguided and exploiting people's desire to see the universe in a thimble as Yeats put it. Why turn toward superstition when the truths of nature provide guidance and fulfillment aplenty? It is through wine itself -that marvelous beverage of moderation - coupled with the enjoyment of the other arts, informed by science, that enables us to live the flourishing life. Humanism reveals the secrets of the vine and then leads to profound spiritual (=poetic) abundance not to delusion and poverty of the intellect. Leave the darkness and come to the light of reason.