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Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything

Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything

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by Carol Kent

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Where is your faith today—first sparks of faith, bright blue flames, radiating heat, raging bonfire, red-hot coals, cooling embers, cold grey ashes?  Is your love for God burning so brightly that you are consumed by its passion?  Are those who surround you drawn to its radiance and warmed by its heat?  Are sparks flying from


Where is your faith today—first sparks of faith, bright blue flames, radiating heat, raging bonfire, red-hot coals, cooling embers, cold grey ashes?  Is your love for God burning so brightly that you are consumed by its passion?  Are those who surround you drawn to its radiance and warmed by its heat?  Are sparks flying from you, spreading a wildfire faith that ignites passion in others?

Or has your passion cooled, your light dimmed, or your fire been quenched?

Throughout history God has chosen fire to represent his awesome power, his judgment and wrath, his protection, and his Shekinah glory: the flaming sword guarding Eden, the burning bush, the pillar of fire, the fiery furnace, the chariot of fire, the burning coal, the flame upon the altar, the lake of fire, and the flaming eyes of the Son of Man upon the throne—these are only a few of the images he has seared into our minds that we might know him more fully.

God is the source of that first flicker that sparked your faith and one day you will stand in his holy presence, look into the flaming eyes of Jesus, and see his burning love for you face to face.  But between that first flicker and that heavenly meeting, there is life to be lived on this earth.  The challenge we all face is that life can dim our fire or even quench it, whether by the soggy mist of the mundane, or the quenching downpour of crisis.

Carol Kent has discovered that God’s Word is filled with the secrets of nurturing his fire in our lives, sometimes painfully so, other times even undetected, refining, purifying, cauterizing, healing, and ultimately reshaping us into the image of his Son.

Author and speaker Carol Kent will take you into God’s word, and into your own story, to reveal the true power of the fire God has placed in you, to fan the flames of your faith, stir your passion, and embolden you to spark wildfires that will spread to forever change the landscape of this world beyond your wildest imagination.

God’s fire is in your life.  Fan the flames.  Burn brightly. Start a wildfire!

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grow a wildfire faith that will endure anything

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When the Fire Goes Out

When circumstances seem impossible, when all signs of grace in you seem at their lowest ebb, ... when love and joy seem well-nigh extinguished in your heart, then cling ... to God's faithfulness.

David Tryon, "But How?"

A growing sense of hopelessness was casting a long shadow over my faith. Did God even care about us? I wasn't sure which was more frightening—the reality of the life-threatening accident I'd just had and the resulting financial challenges I was facing, or the fact that my faith, always vibrant and unshaken until then, was suddenly struggling for survival.

I was twenty-two years old and had been married about six months. My husband and I had moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Gene was taking some graduate classes and I was working as an administrative assistant for furniture maker Steelcase.

One day the accelerator pedal on my car stuck as I was approaching a red light on my way to work in rush-hour traffic. I pressed hard on the brake pedal, but my car picked up speed. Swerving into an open lane, I was unable to guide my fast-moving vehicle into a complete right-hand turn, and I hit the car that was waiting to make a left-hand turn. That car hit the vehicle behind it.

Not stopping upon impact, my car careened down the street. I glanced at the gas gauge. It was half full. I knew I could not run the car out of gas before probably causing a terrible accident in the next intersection. I pulled on the emergency brake, which slowed the car down just a bit. In a desperate attempt to stop, I steered the automobile toward a telephone pole, opened my door, and—with my heart hammering—jumped from the car, landing and rolling on the hard pavement, expecting the car to hit the telephone pole. But it didn't!

My now driverless car hit the curb, missed the pole, and went right into the next intersection and hit another car, which then hit the car behind it. (If you're counting, you know this was now a five-car collision.) I jumped up from the ground, amazingly with no more than a few abrasions, and watched in horror as my car turned in a circle in the intersection, jumped the corner curb and dislodged a fire hydrant, turned in another circle in the intersection, and destroyed a park bench. After one more circle, it crashed into the plate-glass window of the IBM building and finally came to a stop.

Out of all the drivers involved, only two women sustained minor injuries, and no one was seriously hurt. We were grateful there was no loss of life. But the property damage was extensive. We assumed our auto insurance would cover us, until the day after this horrible accident when we discovered we had no insurance. When we left the Christian organization my husband and I worked for previously, they "gifted" us with six months of additional auto insurance. But because of a clerical mistake, we were, in fact, totally uninsured.

Gene and I barely had enough money to put food on the table each week and were still trying to pay off our student loans, so we knew we were in deep trouble. To make matters worse, the day after we made the second large payment to our attorney (with borrowed money), the local newspaper ran an article on him. It read, in part: "This man has been disbarred from practicing law in the state of Michigan because of indecent exposure in his office." We had prayed for God's help following the accident. How could God let this happen?

We were financially ruined, emotionally exhausted, and spiritually devastated. Didn't God love us? Rather than feeling loved by an omnipotent God, for the first time in my life I felt abandoned by him. My sense of spiritual passion wavered as I mentally listed the ways Gene and I felt we had been let down—first by the mechanical malfunction, then by the office worker who made such a major clerical error with our insurance, and finally upon discovering that the statute of limitations in Michigan allowed cases involving this accident to be brought to court for up to seven years. I wrestled with soul-searching questions:

* Why would God allow this to happen? Gene and I had considered the possibility of teaching missionary children at an academy in Brazil, but I wasn't allowed to leave the United States until pending lawsuits were resolved.

* Why did God allow us—a young Christian couple—to experience a financial wipeout that left us uncertain for up to seven years, not knowing if we would be able to pay all our bills and build a secure future?

* Why didn't my miracle-working God fix that stuck accelerator pedal before it caused so much damage? Did he like to do miracles only when there was a crowd watching?

* If God chose not to protect people like us who were eager to serve him, why should we trust him in the future?

I tried to read my Bible and pray, but it was painful to turn to the God who was supposed to take care of me but hadn't. Where was he? I had given him my heart as a young child and passionately pursued him throughout my university years and as a newly married woman. But now I didn't even feel like talking to him. I was mystified and hurt that God would allow such bad things to happen to us. The result? A spiritual numbness settled into my soul. The fire of my faith, it seemed at the time, had been doused by a flood of doubts and despair.

That was over thirty years ago. If I could whisper into the ear of the young woman I was, I would say, "Don't despair. Your faith won't fail. Just the opposite. It will grow even stronger through this trial."

What I wouldn't tell myself, but what is also true, is this: "I know you think this is a major tragedy, but believe me, this is nothing compared to the tragedies you will know in your life!" Thankfully, God, in his wisdom, knows better than to tell us what trials lie ahead. One day's worries are enough for us to bear.

I'd love to tell you that once my faith survived that trial it never again wavered. But that wouldn't be true. In fact, the flame of my faith has, at times, dimmed to the point that all I had were a few flickering embers in a bed of cold, gray ashes.

I know I am not alone in that experience. Perhaps you've reached the same point yourself. My friend Jackie knows it well.

A Fire Grown Cold

From the first time I met her, Jackie has been a source of spiritual encouragement to me. We met when our paths crossed at a conference where we were both speaking, and I was moved by her fiery passion for God and her desire to do his work in creative ways.

Whenever I'm with Jackie, she sparks my desire to do more with my spiritual gifts to accomplish God's goals in this world. An African-American woman committed to racial reconciliation, Jackie makes me more aware of the importance of encouraging Jesus lovers from many denominations and cultures to join forces as we pursue his calling. She allows God to use her to bring people groups together for his kingdom purposes.

Jackie's example has motivated me—not just once but multiple times over a period of years. I always look forward to her encouraging notes on Facebook and to the times she shows up in an audience where I am speaking. From the platform, I connect with Jackie's eyes and she nods in acknowledgment. Her unspoken words are translated to my heart as, "You go, girl! God is going to do remarkable things at this conference. I'm here praying for you, and I can hardly wait to see how he will move!"

I think of Jackie as a Christian with unshakable faith—a woman with deep spiritual roots that give her stability and strength for whatever happens in her life and ministry. She once told me that her faith began to grow as a child when she watched her mom pray for food when there was nothing left in the cupboard to feed Jackie and her five siblings. Before the prayer was even finished, someone knocked on the door and dropped off several bags of groceries. Jackie said, "We asked for bread, and the floodgates opened. It was easy for me to view God as a provider."

This early experience fueled her faith. As time moved on, Jackie believed God would provide jobs and other daily needs, and she saw him answer prayers. Life wasn't perfect, but she knew the truth of Proverbs 20:24—her steps were directed by the Lord, and that truth gave her confident expectations about the future.

Then, not long ago, I received a surprising e-mail message from Jackie:

In the last two years, my faith has come to a crisis. My life seems to have lost its luster. My interest in participating in church activities has waned. My loving husband longs to bring a light back into my eyes. The smallest things cause me to stare into space and weep, wishing for days gone by when there was fire in my faith, enthusiasm in my voice, and hope in my heart.

I wondered what brought about this extreme change in my friend's outlook. Her e-mail continued:

On September 28, my precious mother called in the morning, as she always did, so we could pray together. She told me she hadn't been able to breathe well during the night and didn't think she was going to make it. I prayed with Mom hurriedly and made arrangements to get her to the hospital. Even though I was two hundred miles away, I was able to arrive in time to speak to her one more time. On October 1, she went home to be with Jesus.

Jackie and her siblings carried on in pain as they made plans to care for their father, who had just lost the love of his life after sixty-five years of marriage. She described "the press of grief" weighing on her and her siblings. The hardest moment each day was in the morning when Jackie had usually prayed over the phone with her mother, but now she wasn't there to talk to.

Then her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemo treatments. The following July, Jackie's sixty-one-year-old brother had a massive heart attack, and once more the family came together to walk slowly behind a casket to say good-bye to a loved one. Jackie wrote, "It was heart-wrenching to see my father bury his youngest son. I was sure God would provide grace and comfort, but the pain was unbearable." She went on to share further news:

Then Dad began to weaken, making the risk of falling so great that he couldn't be left alone. He grew weaker each day, went to sleep on January 5, 2013, and woke up in heaven.

As I read Jackie's e-mail, I realized that these multiple losses, so close together, rocked her faith. The words that followed stunned me.

I'm spent. I'm moving on autopilot. My spiritual fire is dim. The embers are smoldering. I know after all of his suffering Job said, "I know that my redeemer lives ..." I still believe he lives, but it's easier to type those words than to truly experience feelings of faith and hope.

Jackie's letter ended with questions.

What has happened to my once rock-solid faith?

When will I see this sorrow bringing glory to God?

When will I have the energy and desire to serve God with the vibrancy I once had?

I love Jackie's questions. Instead of giving superficial answers to gut-wrenching cries of the heart, she dared to ask the questions we are often afraid to acknowledge. I respected her honesty as she described the numbness that comes when there has been so much sadness and loss that we no longer have the ability to function normally. Her honesty gave me permission to admit that I, too, know what it feels like to have my spiritual flames extinguished by disappointment in God when he could have orchestrated a more favorable outcome.

As I travel the world and meet with Christians in every walk of life, I listen to many who are suffering with unfulfilled hopes and unmet longings. Many of us have experienced disappointment in a God we know is powerful enough to have stopped our pain—but didn't. We've known the power of a time when our fire burned brightly and warmed our hearts and recharged our dreams—but no more. The fire has dwindled low. God's Word doesn't speak to us. We can't spur ourselves on to verbalize a prayer. We question God's love. We feel spiritually dead.

Have you felt this way?

Perhaps you, like me, can identify with author Philip Yancey, who wrote, "True atheists do not, I presume, feel disappointed in God. They expect nothing and they receive nothing. But those who commit their lives to God, no matter what, instinctively expect something in return. Are those expectations wrong?"

A Discouraged Prophet

Our experiences of disappointment and questioning God are not unique to modern times. The prophet Elijah experienced this same crisis of faith. It had been fifty years since Israel occupied the pinnacle of power under David and Solomon. There was tremendous corruption in the land, and it was in a state of religious, moral, and social rot. God's chosen spokesperson for this hour of darkness was Elijah. He experienced extraordinary high points as the most famous and dramatic of Israel's prophets. He predicted the beginning and end of a three-year drought, and he was used by God to restore a dead child to his mother. Then in a dramatic scene on Mount Carmel, he represented God in a showdown with priests of Baal and Asherah—and God won big-time! But times of great spiritual victory are no guarantee against times of deep spiritual lows.

The day after the big victory on Mount Carmel, King Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he killed all the false prophets. And this powerful woman, furious at Elijah's success over the prophets of her people, announced that she planned to have him killed.

God had just done astonishing miracles in Elijah's life and ministry, and now a single, angry woman was coming after him. Do you know what he did? He ran for his life! He was so afraid that when he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there and went another day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it, and prayed to die: "'I have had enough, Lord,' he said. 'Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors'" (1 Kings 19:4 NIV). Talk about feeling like the fire of your faith burned out—this was it! This man was beyond discouraged; he was so depressed he longed for death.

What Causes Our Faith to Wane?

How about you? Do you sometimes wrestle with disappointment with God, deep discouragement, or diminished trust in God's faithfulness?

Each one of us has our own trigger points for what wears us down to the point of feeling like the fire of our faith is going out. For some, it might be great personal loss or a series of losses; for others, it might be the burnout of working hard in business or ministry without visible results or much-needed breaks. Many people experience a spiritual indifference that develops over time when the busyness of everyday demands dulls their spiritual fervor. It can come from self-imposed isolation or from too much pressure to succeed. Doubts and unanswered questions about why God allows certain events—when tragedy befalls good people while evil seems to prosper—sometimes leave us discouraged or feeling betrayed, wondering if our faith makes any difference at all.

One look at the notes I've received over the past few months confirms how universal this struggle is.

Cathy: Sometimes indifference sneaks in to extinguish my spiritual fervor, and I find it very difficult to restart spiritual disciplines once I stop.

Heather: Massive changes have been taking place in my church where I was employed full-time in women's ministries. I am worn-out, angry, and hurt. I'm even ticked off at God for allowing this to happen. There is a distance between God and me that I haven't experienced before.

Julie: My sister and I are twins. She just gave birth to her second baby, and during this same time period I've had three miscarriages. I've prayed and begged God for a child, but he isn't answering my prayer—and it feels so unfair. I love my sister, but every time I see her holding her infant, I feel a cold shiver of faith-shaking fear that I will never have a baby of my own. It makes me question God's love.

A single missionary: I've ministered in a remote South American location for over forty years, where I've experienced extreme hardships as well as heart-stopping spiritual victories. Now I'm approaching retirement, and the mission I'm with is going under financially. After promising to provide a modest retirement for me, they've just told me there are no funds available once I leave my field of ser vice. I feel alone and abandoned. As if the God I served all of these years has forgotten me. I still know he's my Savior, but I am confused by his lack of provision for my future. I feel disappointed in him.


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Meet the Author

Carol Kent is the bestselling author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and Becoming a Woman of Influence. Carol is an expert on public speaking, writing, and on encouraging people to hold on to hope when life’s circumstances turn out differently from their dreams. She speaks internationally on the subjects of her books. With vulnerable openness, restored joy, and a sense of humor, Carol helps people to discover the secret of maintaining an enduring faith in the middle of an imperfect world. She and her husband, Gene, live in Florida.

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Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the opening story (unstoppable car on a mission of its own) to the last, Agnes of Rwanda (I hope to meet this incredible woman one day), I was mesmerized. Hard to put down, Unquenchable is filled with stories of trial and faith. I didn't realize I was so thirsty for inspiring stories. Reading Carol's book was like drinking from the fire-hose! I ached for those hurting; I rejoiced when they found the grace of unquenchable faith. I recommend Carol's book to be a part of every woman's library. It reads like a spiritual instruction book for life's trials. When you are searching for encouragement in today's difficult world, this is the book you will want to find beside your Bible.
Susanosb More than 1 year ago
Most of us yearn for unquenchable faith, faith that is unwavering whatever our circumstances. Realistically though, most of us have times when God seems far away, and we find our faith wavering. Carol Kent has been through the fire, and she can help us take that flickering flame and turn it into a blazing wildfire. Carol’s unquenchable faith is an example to us all. In this book, through her personal stories, the stories of others, and Scripture, she helps us learn how to develop our own unquenchable faith. This book is an excellent, well-written tool to help us develop our own faith into a bonfire that will draw others to the Lord.
cheleebean More than 1 year ago
God uses her to touch the lives of others!
Lisa_Lewis_Koster More than 1 year ago
       If you've ever experienced one of these moments that rocked your world and caused you to question your faith, or if you wonder whether your faith could withstand such a crisis, then this book is a must-read! Through her own story and those of others, Carol gives an honest portrayal of the struggle to cling to faith in the wake of unthinkable tragedy and reminds the reader they are not alone in their trial.       The narratives shared in Unquenchable cover such a wide range of situations that every reader will either have an account they can relate to or will come away with the realization that there are other people who've made it through situations far more difficult than their own. These portrayals break through stereotypes and allow the reader to see the real people behind the labels they've been branded with.      Carol asks and answers the question forefront in one's mind when experiencing a crisis of faith, "Is it a failure when the challenges of life seem to douse our feelings of closeness with God and deaden our senses for the One who created us, saved us, and offers the power to sustain us? No, I don't believe that it is failure at all. We must never confuse feelings with faith. When feelings wane - and they will, for all sorts of reasons - we must stir through the ashes to reveal the embers of our still-living faith."      I've always felt comfort in knowing that, as a Christian, my suffering is never wasted because God can bring good out of even the most horrific of events. If I'm honest I'd have to admit that I would have never chosen that path, nor would I want to repeat it, but I am thankful for the person God made me because of it. Carol puts it like this:      "When bad things happen - or when I'm hurt, offended, misunderstood, or even simply discontent - I can know there are spiritual rewards that will serve me well and enable me to impact the world in ways I never otherwise could have."      Unquenchable is a worthwhile read for all Christians, and the discussion questions at the end of the chapter make it great for Bible study or recovery groups.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, April 11, 2014 Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything by Carol Kent, © 2014 Firestorms in nature have unexpected benefits because nutrients are returned to the soil and disease-ridden plants are destroyed. In your life, what unexpected benefits or new beginnings has God brought about after a difficult experience? --Unquenchable, 60 Carol Kent is transparent as she takes us through the faith-building she has received in the trial of her family, and of others who have shared their hearts, as well. God carries us during our struggles here on earth. We need not be alone. So many times we may question, but will find that we are strengthened in weakness by the One who loves us best. Inadequacies we can never overcome, insurmountable happenings, without His help and guidance. Faith built in the midst of suffering. Embers keep the power of the fire safe, awaiting one of three things - time to finally flicker out, new fuel to ignite the fire afresh, or a wind to lift the embers and carry them to fresh fuel, even great distances away, where our faith springs to life anew. --Ibid., 71 How comfortable are you before God? How honest are you with Him? Journal. Write down your thoughts and needs ~ for understanding, filling of His grace, com/passion ~ come alongside. Share your heart; cry out to Him. He is near. Listen with a heart to hear. Follow His teaching and love. Leave the results with Him. I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes ... I remember it all ... the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God ... He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. --Lamentations 3:19-26 Carol Kent talks about a burning bush experience; a marker moment of knowing. Times when God revealed himself to her in specific ways or through unique opportunities. We all have moments when we run dry and must lean on memories of God's faithfulness rather than on our current circumstances, when we must rely on our knowledge of God's Spirit at work in the past to keep our fire going in the present. --Ibid., 98 A cleansing that comes from knowing God alone has us covered. Document what God has done in your life. He provides nourishment and rest. In following Him, Jesus sees beyond the moment to the potential in us. Tending the fire of our faith requires spending time with God. Carol shares the renewal in her family through God's grace. He meets us where we are. Blessings beyond measure, waiting for us. The important thing, no matter your state of life, is to make a plan for spending time with God. Tending your relationship with God is a top priority for keeping your wildfire faith alive and growing. --Ibid., 125 Our unexpected journeys are seen by God. Carol shares His hands extended through the acts of friends who join in our journey with encouragement. Love expended beyond what we could ever think or imagine. Our God reigns. In the midst of this world, heaven collides with earth! ***Thank you to Zondervan Linked to Lit for sending a copy of Unquenchable to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
VicG More than 1 year ago
Carol Kent in her new book, “Unquenchable” published by Zondervan helps us Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything. From the back cover: How to burn with a wildfire faith despite the firestorms of life Where is your faith today—first sparks of faith, bright blue flames, radiating heat, raging bonfire, red-hot coals, cooling embers, cold grey ashes? Is your love for God burning so brightly that you are consumed by its passion? Are those who surround you drawn to its radiance and warmed by its heat? Are sparks flying from you, spreading a wildfire faith that ignites passion in others? Or has your passion cooled, your light dimmed, or your fire been quenched? Throughout history God has chosen fire to represent his awesome power, his judgment and wrath, his protection, and his Shekinah glory: the flaming sword guarding Eden, the burning bush, the pillar of fire, the fiery furnace, the chariot of fire, the burning coal, the flame upon the altar, the lake of fire, and the flaming eyes of the Son of Man upon the throne—these are only a few of the images he has seared into our minds that we might know him more fully. God is the source of that first flicker that sparked your faith and one day you will stand in his holy presence, look into the flaming eyes of Jesus, and see his burning love for you face to face. But between that first flicker and that heavenly meeting, there is life to be lived on this earth. The challenge we all face is that life can dim our fire or even quench it, whether by the soggy mist of the mundane, or the quenching downpour of crisis. Carol Kent has discovered that God’s Word is filled with the secrets of nurturing his fire in our lives, sometimes painfully so, other times even undetected, refining, purifying, cauterizing, healing, and ultimately reshaping us into the image of his Son. Author and speaker Carol Kent will take you into God’s word, and into your own story, to reveal the true power of the fire God has placed in you, to fan the flames of your faith, stir your passion, and embolden you to spark wildfires that will spread to forever change the landscape of this world beyond your wildest imagination. God’s fire is in your life. Fan the flames. Burn brightly. Start a wildfire! Jesus tells us that no man lights a candle then places it under the bed.  No, what he does is he places it in a candle holder and mounts it on the wall so that the whole room is lit.  On the candle holder, behind the candle is a polished bronze that magnifies the light of the candle.  Carol Kent wants us to be like that candle burning brighter and brighter so that we can never be put out.  However we have an adversary that wants us quenched because the darkness is his kingdom.  In many stories Ms. Kent shows us what faith can do in severe trials. We all need a boost to our faith to brighten our flames.  This book should do it.  I think that everyone should have a copy of this book and give it as a gift to friends and family so that their flame can burn more brightly as well.  Everyone will be better off for it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan.   I was not required to write a positive 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Kent’s invitation to Come to Fire is compelling and one you will not want to refuse. Refuel your faith as you listen to masterfully woven stories and feel the warm breath of God’s Spirit. Her tough questions are penetrating and raw with honesty, yet they speak renewal. I applaud her courage to not only ask them of herself but of us. They burn in my heart and I intend to wrestle with them for fresh faith. Anne Denmark
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In her latest book Unquenchable Carol Kent creates a treasure trove of help, guidance, and honest answers for anyone experiencing a hard and tested faith. With both personal and true-to-life stories, Carol Kent demonstrates what it means to have a faith that will continue to stand through even the most difficult firestorms. Without shying away from the harsh realities we all must go through, Carol offers hope for hurting hearts and encouragement that will keep hearts of faith strong and healthy. I recommend Unquenchable to anyone seeking hope in the midst of hurt, encouragement to boost their faith, and/or authentic answers to some of life's most trying questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is another inspiring book by Carole Kent, i have 2 of her other books but I think this one was the best, it was not only a great teaching but inspiring and I believe that is the whole purpose of the books to lead us deeper. I also sent this book to my son who is an inmate who is will be released later this month after 2 years behind bars he said, "Mom thanks for this book it gave me the kick I needed to restart my relationship with God just before getting out" Thank you Carole and may the Fire of God be a wild fire in us all.
ElaineWMiller More than 1 year ago
Where are you God?  Carol Kent's UNQUENCHABLE: GROW a WILDFIRE FAITH that WILL ENDURE ANYTHING answers that difficult question.  Join Carol and Jesus Christ on a powerful, personal, revealing  journey into the heart of her struggles with God and her son's life without parole sentence, into the heart of a woman whose husband and four children were killed in Rawanda, and into the hearts of others who struggle to find light when their world turns dark as Carol examines "What makes faith unquenchable? " UNQUENCHABLE is a must-read that gives strength and hope to those whose faith waivers under the weight of painful circumstances Elaine W. Miller, Author and Speaker
BP19wings More than 1 year ago
When a friend of mine recently told me Carol Kent was going to speak in her city, she said, "What do you know about her?" I said, "She's the real deal." Carol practices what she preaches, and fortunately for us, she shares her journey with us. Consequently, we are inspired, we learn, and we are blessed by UNQUENCHABLE. She helps us with our faith journeys by giving us hope and "how to" in a refreshingly honest way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Kent has been so open about her life and her continued trust in Jesus Christ. This book has gone above and beyond her previous books - she has found many other strong Christian women and men who are unafraid to share their lives (lives that most of this world would say have had devastating trials) but because of God's Unquenchable Love for His Children - these women, men and their families are real-life examples of Bible heroes. They had been dealt unimaginable trials but through it all - they have managed to inspire those who are struggling each day. I am learning to live a 'new kind of normal' myself and found this book to be a personal message that my God and Savior will carry me through this firestorm as I hold onto His Love and Faith. If anyone is going through a firestorm in your life - and you need to know that God remains in total control - this book is for you.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Unquenchable. Each page opened my eyes to what I already knew but have been denying. My relationship with God has been suffering for months due to things going on in my life, disappointments, health issues and just plain neglect. I was in tears through most of this book and, believe me when I say, tears can also be a good thing. Throughout the pages Carol shares stories from family, friends, brief acquaintances and her own life experiences that have strengthened her own faith to the point of being a "wildfire" faith. She speaks very candidly and openly about her own struggles with her faith. I was very touched by the story of her son, Jason, who was given a life sentence for murder. And I cried when she told how her husband, Gene, stood before an entire room of inmates and staff at the prison where her son is serving his sentence and talked about their father/son relationship and a faithful God. ___________________Book Quote___________________ "But we also want you to know we have hope, because the God who was faithful to us before our son's arrest is the same God who is giving us hope for a better future--if not here on earth, then in heaven where all of us who know him personally will walk in freedom." ____________________End Quote____________________ At the end of each chapter are activities such as "Come to the Fire", where you answer soul-searching questions concerning your faith, and "Fire-Building Challenge" where you complete activities such as writing honestly about the condition of your heart. Carol manages to stir the embers of your faith into a raging fire through Biblical insight, wisdom and her own personal struggles. Where there are embers you'll see sparks. Those sparks can spread and start new fires and I love Carol's description of this very act. ___________________Book Quote___________________ "Do you see the power of sparks in the life of faith? We never know what act of obedience, what relationship that crosses our path, or what circumstance might lead to a spark of faith leaping from the life of a believer into the heart of a nonbeliever. But once we grasp the power of sparks, we begin to live in expectancy with eyes wide open, watching for the sparks that God carries into new lives on the wings of his Spirit." ____________________End Quote____________________ If you are struggling in your relationship with God, I recommend this book. If your faith has dimmed to embers, I recommend this book. If you need practical advice on how to move forward in your relationship with God after devastating circumstances, I recommend this book. In short, I think everyone can benefit in some way from Carol's heartwarming stories and mind stirring advice. I highly recommend it! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book it's simply because I love it. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In UNQUENCHABLE, Carol Kent shines a light into the hidden corners and recesses of the faith of a Christ-follower. Those of us who follow Christ know that while sometimes our faith burns brightly, there are other times when we have a hard time even locating that same faith. With raw transparency seldom seen by an author, Carol not only exposes this problem in the lives of a few who have shared their stories with her, but also turns that light squarely on her own faith-walk. Indeed, the reader feels as if the author has been hanging out in his/her own spiritual life and spying out the times when the fire seemed to go out or was burning incredibly low. Ah, but the hope is found for this reader in the embers of faith that are still there and red hot even when the faith fire seems to have gone out. Fire is an analogy to faith that is used often and masterfully in this book. UNQUENCHABLE is an interactive book that calls the reader to draw from and reflect on his own experiences. It is a “MUST READ” not only for those whose faith seems to be floundering right now but also for all Christ-followers who will experience this sensation if they haven’t already and also who may be dealing with someone whose faith is shaky. God clearly shines throughout this book as if the author just took her hands off of the wheel and let Him “drive” the book to its conclusion. Karen King, Bible teacher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished Unquenchable. Filled with stories of women who have known unthinkable tragedy, Unquenchable addresses the truth that even strong Christians have moments or even seasons of doubting God's goodness or presence.  Each chapter ends with a Come to the Fire invitation and a Fire Building Challenge.  Readers can put into practice the spiritual disciplines outlined in the chapter.  Practical. Transparent. Honest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol’s portrayal of a deep rooted, Jesus based faith in Unquenchable is one that she herself is walking through. She shares how her family is reacting to circumstances beyond her control and comfort zone as she tells how the Lord has strengthened their family’s faith and is trusting in Him. There are also numerous examples of other Christians and how they listen to God as our Lord demonstrates that we might not always understand His reasons but know that His love is always there. As we wrestle with our daily struggles we still have an amazing and wonderful God who will always provide what we need to find our way to His peace, knowledge and courage. I would recommend this uplifting and enlightening book for everyone.
Vickireader1 More than 1 year ago
"Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything" is a powerful and long lasting read. Carol Kent expertly uses the 'fire' imagery in a way that has made a profound impact on me. I will never look at fire the same way again! Her personal insights from a deep, abiding trust in God are thought provoking and intense, born from her own walk through the fire. I am grateful for her honesty. The biographies of other "fire-walkers' are inspirational, as well. And when she asks me to 'Come to the Fire" at the end of each chapter, I am drawn to do so, albeit, hesitantly. There is much courage and encouragement to be found in this book. I am eager to dig in God's Word and search out "fire" for myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up Unquenchable, knowing that I would learn so much from Carol’s wise teachings of the Bible. I sat down to read “just one chapter,” and finally put the book down after finishing nearly half the book! Through her own stories, and the stories of others, Carol weaves in teachings that will fan the flames of your faith, and encourage you no matter what you are facing. One of my favorite lines came from the first chapter: “The challenge we all face is that life can dim our fire or even quench it, whether by the soggy mist of the mundane or the quenching downpour of crisis.” Isn’t that so true? Carol offers encouragement as one who has been through the firestorm of crisis. She doesn’t offer “easy answers,” and sometimes leaves us with our questions, knowing there simply aren’t answers. But there is God, and He is there in the midst of our pain offering His love. This would make an excellent book for a small group or book club. Each chapter concludes with a few questions and a “Fire-Building Challenge,” which includes practical steps to grow your faith.
caroleledbetter More than 1 year ago
 “For faith to endure over time, it needs to develop embers,” says Carol.  “The embers are the life of the fire—not its death.”  When we experience personal firestorms, God has eternal reasons.  She describes the “ebb and flow” of our relationship with God and tells us we must never confuse feelings with faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just finished my “first read” of “Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure anything,” by Carol Kent. I have to confess. I am a huge fan of Carol Kent and was eagerly anticipating the release of her new book. I read through it in a handful of days, sometime sobbing aloud, as God touched my heart with how he has moved in her life and the lives of others who have been utterly devastated by the “firestorm.” I plan to immediately take another journey through this book with my personal journal at my side. I need to linger longer here! In Unquenchable Carol asks, “Why do some people weather such firestorms with their faith intact, able to heal and grow, while others become bitter, turn from God, and find themselves unwilling or unable to ever believe in God again? Why do some cling to or return to faith but merely limp along, while others soar in new boldness and strength?” I have asked these same questions – having, during one sad season, turned FROM God when a firestorm burned through my life. Carol continues, “These are questions we all ask. Perhaps the reason we feel so much fear when our faith falters is that we are afraid we will be left with nothing but a cold ash heap. Having been on the ash heap and back to a vibrant, bold faith, I have found myself longing to find a way to encourage others not to lose hope, but instead to endure, to thrive, and to once again burn with a wildfire faith that takes our breath away.” Carol says, “I’ve walked through enough life to know better than to offer simple checklists and shallow action steps to transform a waning faith back into a roaring wildfire faith. There are no easy answers to such penetrating questions. But there are truths we can cling to, practices we can turn to, stories we can draw strength from, and God’s mercy that we can fall on. There is hope and help.” Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything (p. 24). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.