Are you in a season of life where every search for direction, encouragement, or fulfillment seems to come up empty? You thought God had you in a place to thrive and grow, but you are ready to call it quits. There has to be something better.You don't need a new garden; you just need to learn how to dig! In Acres of Diamonds, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Jentezen Franklin helps you discover the unfathomable riches Jesus Christ has for you. Rather than chase after a better life, you can celebrate the untold spiritual provision to be found even in the midst of spiritual deprivation. Readers will learn to cherish where God has placed them as they uncover the hidden potential within their families, jobs, ministries, and communities . . . right where they are.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Jentezen Franklin is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-campus church. Each week his television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times bestselling author, Jentezen has written ten books including his most recent Acres of Diamonds, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt, the groundbreaking Fasting and Right People-Right Place-Right Plan. Jentezen and his wife Cherise have been married 32 years, have five children and four grandchildren, and make their home in Gainesville, Georgia. Learn more at www.jentezenfranklin.org.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book Review--Acres of Diamonds by Jentezen Franklin This book,"Acres Of Diamonds--Discovering God's Best Right Where You Are" by Jentezen Franklin, came to me at a time when I was pondering whether or not I should move from the state I was currently living in, and if so, which state should I pick as my destination. I had been pondering and praying about what I should do for many months, seeking God's answer as to whether I should stay or go. When I agreed to read and review this book, "Acres of Diamonds" by Jentezen Franklin, I had no clue that this book would be God's answer to me. As I began reading, on page 19 I read, "God has placed you where you are, right now. Ask Him to open your eyes and see what is right in front of you. It is time to start digging in your own backyard." At this, I sat up and took notice, and as I continued reading, every page seemed to speak to me in a way only God could. Perhaps like me you are questioning your purpose, your life, where you should be, what you should be doing. Maybe you are looking for diamonds and only finding what looks like stones. Maybe you are going through trials that you think will never end, or you are getting weary from climbing mountains that seem to never peak, or facing a future that is offering you no open doors. This book could be just what you need to help you find the answers you are looking for. Jentezen Franklin has woven many of his true life testimonies into this book as well as biblical truths, making it a book that will capture your interest at the first page. Franklin speaks of having a "Now Faith" quoting Hebrews 11:1 which says: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." He suggests that what you are looking for might be right in front of you, perhaps the diamonds you are hoping to find may be in your own backyard, and maybe you need to stay where you are and start digging for them. He says "Faith is often spelled R-I-S-K." (pg.26) and says to ask yourself if you are on God's clock, God's timetable, instead of your own. He reminds us that trials don't last forever (pg 39-40) and sometimes they come as strangely wrapped gifts. (pg.41) I could go on and on about all the spiritual truths and insights I read in this book, for it is indeed full of "Acres of Diamonds" as the title suggests and I highly recommend that you read it to discover what diamonds you might find within it's pages. I received this book from Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts I have expressed are my own. --Leona J. Atkinson
Life on earth is hard. No doubt about it. If you are a Believer, you may sometimes wonder where God is in all of the hard stuff when it doesn't "feel" like He is nearby. In Acres of Diamonds, Jentezen Franklin offers encouraging words to the Christian who needs it. Instead of complaining and whining about the hard stuff of life, Franklin encourages us to remember that this hard stuff will yield "acres of diamonds" if we give it time and continue to look to God. What are Acres of Diamonds? Franklin reminds us how diamonds are formed. Heat and pressure in life will yield in victory if we don't run from them. Acres of Diamonds is based on a small booklet called Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell. If you haven't read it or heard of it, don't worry about it because Franklin includes it in the appendix for your reference. Acres of Diamonds is full of Bible references, personal stories and other uplifting historical stories that all work together to remind Believers that God is working in our situations--no matter how difficult that they may appear. Franklin reminds us to keep looking to God and to keep strong in our faith because He is working things out for our good. Franklin is uplifting and encouraging but he also shares from his heart and tells stories of hard times he or his family went through. He seems to speak from his heart while encouraging us to look to God. His writing is easy to read and understand with Scripture woven throughout the book. I think most Christians would be encouraged to keep strong in their faith through this book. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
Acres of Diamonds: Discovering God’s Best Right Where You Are by Jentezen Franklin is a book about thriving in our current season of life. The author reminds us that we do not necessarily need a different or better life, but that we can look closer at the life we already have and discover what God had in store for us right here and right now. I like the stories that Franklin uses to illustrate his points; he is a gifted storyteller. One of my favorite chapters was, “Take This Job and Love It” – especially the part where Franklin talks about how “work is worship.” Another favorite chapter of mine was called “Focus on the Positive.” Franklin has delivered a very positive, inspirational read; it is an optimistic book. The book helps readers seize the day and appreciate the moment. I received this book for review.
For any Christian who is looking for some element of encouragement during a time of hardship or confusion, "Acres of Diamonds" by Jentezen Franklin could be of some assistance. The majority of the stories that are used from scripture are familiar to the seasoned Christian, but having them in one place and being able to readily reflect on their relevance to one's life could be helpful. Do not anticipate any new earth-shattering observations that will revolutionize your vision of how God works, but there is plenty of encouragement to remind us of His goodness and that He has a master plan.