Bruce Wilkinson, author of the mega best-seller The Prayer of Jabez, believes in miracles and explains how Christians can see them today in You Were Born For This: Seven Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles (978-1-601-42182-1, $22.99, Multnomah Books), which released Sept. 15.
Wilkinson said the book is the "flip side" of The Prayer of Jabez, which detailed praying in four areas of an individual's life. With its main focus on others, You Were Born For This, he said, is about serving people and being a vessel for God to make a difference in their lives.
"It's taking The Prayer of Jabez to the miracle power," he told Christian Retailing. "It's about, 'How do I serve other people in such a way that God shows up?' "
Wilkinson said his original plan was to deliver a manuscript developing some of the concepts of a previous book, The Dream Giver. In a meeting with publishing executives, however, the focus soon shifted to miracles the author had witnessed, and the idea for the new book was born.
"We switched our whole publishing agreement and wrote a new book; it was unexpected," he said.
Wilkinson said there are three ways God can deliver miracles—through Himself, through His angels and through "His normal way of delivering miracles"—other people.
"The average person doesn't believe that they can be used in delivering miracles to people," he said. "When they realize it doesn't have to be so complicated or totally unpredictable, but you can follow God's ways, then you're going to be able to watch a miracle take place."
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