Title: Faith extenders
Author: John F Avanzini
Publisher: HIS publishing company
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [Hebrews 11:1]
This is the key verse of this book because this book is about increasing of faith. After explaining the verse, the author shows how faith can be extended, or amplified, by using a range of methods such as verbalization, mind pictures, anticipation and so on. The author calls them faith extenders. He cites examples from the bible to show how some bible characters had used such methods. For example, a childless Abraham was promised he would be a father of multitudes and his descendents would be as many as the stars and sand. This promise was not fulfilled until many years later. During this period, Abraham’s faith was kept at a high level because his new name constantly reminded him he would be father of nations; and when he saw the stars and sand, he was also reminded of the promise regarding his descendents. The author also shows examples from his life experience.
I picked up this book because I wanted to increase my faith, and I believe the methods mentioned in the book eg positive thinking and positive speaking, would be useful. Below is one that I believe is good to share with the readers.
So, whatever you do, don’t just lie in bed rehearsing the worst scenarios of the coming morning. Go on to sleep. If you cannot go to sleep, get up and read your bible until you fall asleep. Granted, this faith extender may not impress you as much as some of the others in the bible. But, some time in the future, on the eve of a pending crisis, it may become the most important one in this book for you.
PS: I got this book from a book swap event. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.