Exit the Wilderness

Enter God's Promises

Christian - Devotion/Study
108 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2012
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Author Biography

Sharon was saved at the age of three at a Children's Evangelist Meeting in South Africa. She grew up in a Pastor's home where she experienced the love of Christ and witnessed her parents walking the Christian talk even though the consequences of following Christ sometimes meant losing friends or being unable to participate in activities that did not glorify Christ.

She has been in ministry alongside her husband for over 33 years and has seen that Christians struggle to live that life of fulfillment which Christ came to bring us. They hold on to the lie of Satan that their past holds them captive and they can never achieve the plans which God has for their lives.

She has experienced the freedom that Christ comes to give us and believes that Christ wants us all to be set free from whatever holds us back.

Many believers have been abused or suffered from some form of occult oppression or addiction. They can be set free from their past. However many seem to give up striving for the life that God has for them and in turn they never live the fulfilled life Christ wants us to live.

Sharon is a Life Coach, Success Principles Coach and an ordained pastor. She believes that it is possible despite our current circumstances, we can live in that state of peace which surpasses all understanding, because of Christ who lives in us.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice H. for Readers' Favorite

In "Exit the Wilderness: Enter God's Promises", author Sharon Hurkens has given the reader much food for thought. She takes a somewhat unusual approach in equating the problems readers face in everyday life with the problems encountered by Moses as he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. The author believes that all tragedies have a beginning and ending point and that the choices made by those in the throes of the tragedy make situations either better or worse. While some people limp along in a helpless state, others take charge of their problems and ask God for guidance. If you feel that your life is damaged beyond healing, you will probably dwell in that helpless state and refuse to ask for deliverance from your problems. Hurkens contends that too many people place far too many "buts" in their lives before they decide to turn to God and his teachings.

There are suggestions for devotions in the book which should prove helpful to both the neophyte as well as the seasoned Christian. The devotions are correlated to Bible verses in which adversity brings people first to the brink of despair and then, to deliverance. Hurkens cautions that asking for help from God is not a one-time experience and that humans are tested time and time again. Some of the most helpful "quick hints" are contained in boxes at the sides of the pages. Statements such as "God does not always allow short cuts" and "Complaining becomes our very nature" will surely cut through the foggiest of minds. For those who feel they are living in a land of bondage, this book just may prove to be the oasis in the desert.