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Among life's uncomfortable situations, God provides incredible blessings—if we are willing to step out from the ledge and trust in Him.
Just as a mother eagle stirs her nest to encourage her eagles to fly, God “stirs our nest,” allowing us to grow in new ways toward spiritual maturity. This book will motivate unfulfilled Christians to respond to God's stirrings and to step out into abundant living.
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I was thoroughly surprised by this book, thinking that the eagle symbolism has been used to exhaustion. I learned quite a bit. The way this book was laid out with the contributions of both generations was quite refreshing.
There are many ways this book can be used. You can simply read it and find much in the correlation of the life span of eagles and Israel’s maturation. You can use it to map out your own growth with the visual they provide in the introduction. Or, you can make it a personal study and journal your answers and applications from the personal application at the end of each chapter. As a bonus for an already complete work, there is a small group guide in the back to bring others along on your journey. The intimate look into the life of a young eagle juxtaposed along side the Israelites faltering steps is mixed with Avery’s personal stories of faith building experiences and Matt’s more current growth observations.
Having spent the time with these authors speaking to me through the book, it was sad to hear of Avery’s passing. I plan on picking up more of his works to glean from his years of maturing in Christ until his “graduation.”
10/5/2010 9:30:08 PM
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10/5/2010 9:29:07 PM
A Great Book
Learning to Soar is appropiate for every step of your life. As a teenager, the book has helped me prepare for change. As I enter college in a couple of years the information discussed in the book will help me prepare for a different and possibly stressful life. The book is very easy to read and the scripture passages reinforce the information presented. The questions at the end of the chapters helped me to think about my life and how I can improve it.
2/10/2010 8:33:05 PM
Learning to Soar
BOOK REVIEW: Learning to Soar.
Authored by Avery T. Willis Jr. & Matt Willis;
Published by NavPress.
Synopsis: How to grow through Transition and Trials. A constant reminder for today’s Christian living, from the relationship between an eaglet and its parent.
I quite enjoyed reading the book as it leaves one with that "tantalizing” after-taste” derived from an exotic dish.
Co-authored with a blend of generational views the result of which is plausible; as the younger Willis, (who understands the ideology of any growing Christian) explored the harsh realities in the school of discipline as the eaglet had to encounter in the hands of its parent; while the elder Willis’s metaphors stressed the essence of such lessons as it affects us today.
But on page 98, lies the crux of God’s reason for wanting all His Children learn to soar, there it states:
“ As you try out your own spiritual wings, how do you progress beyond disappointment and mistakes? Let me suggest some guidelines for spreading your wings of faith so that God can accomplish His purpose for you:
How to Build a Dynamic Faith.
1. Scriptural Authority.
2. Holy Spirit’s verification
3. Alignment with God’s purposes
I’d better stop here as there's a few more. You’d better fetch yourself a copy so you’d learn how to soar higher and better unto the Divine heights God ordained for you.
At such zenith, you will eventually experience what it means to soar high up there majestically like the Great eagle on the Wings of the Holy Spirit: and in retrospect, smirking that “Why have I never done this before? What I have missed”!
This book was received as a review copy from NAVPRESS. The summations are entirely mine.
2/7/2010 8:33:18 AM
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Learning to Soar
Probably one of the most impacting Discipleship studies I've ever done was one called Masterlife. The author was Avery T. Willis. His humility and depth was apparent in the Masterlife material and I continued to read other projects he released. That latest project is Learning to Soar.
Learning to Soar uses Deuteronomy 32:11 as the basis for the entire book:
Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, so he spread his wings to take them up and carried them safely on his pinions.(Deuteronomy 32:11, NLT).
Willis takes this verse describing God's work in the Hebrew people during their exodus and brings it to bear on God's work in our lives today. The analogy is used throughout the book to show how God may allow some trouble or hardship in our lives to move us out of our comfortable "nest."
The book is co-authored by Matt Willis, the grandson of Avery Willis. Matt wrote quite a few "aside" sections intertwined with the book text. These sections are included to put a present-day context to the writings of his grandfather.
Since Learning to Soar was published, Willis has been diagnosed with leukemia. I feel quite confident that he will soar through this time of problems in his own personal life.
As with all of Avery Willis' writings, Learning to Soar is a great tool for discipleship. If you are facing some hard times in your life right now, this book may help add a new perspective to those troubles. You may just find that God is using these times to move you from where you are to where He wants you to be.
2/5/2010 2:32:39 PM