Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Twilights Last Gleaming ~ Review

About the Author:

With a strikingly bold, biblical and practical approach to ministry, Dr. Robert Jeffress is one of the country’s most respected evangelical leaders. Making more than 600 guest appearances on various radio and television programs, Dr. Jeffress regularly appears on major mainstream media outlets such as FOX News Channel’s Fox and Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Cavuto on Business, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN and MSNBC. He also hosts a daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, that is heard nationwide on over 720 stations in major markets such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Houston. His weekly television program can be seen on 1,200 television stations and cable systems throughout the nation and in 28 countries around the world.

Dr. Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, and is currently leading the congregation in a $130 million campaign to re-create its downtown campus. The project is the largest in modern church history and will produce a “spiritual oasis” in the heart of downtown Dallas.

Honored in 2006 by Vision America for his steadfast commitment and boldness in proclaiming the uncompromising Word of God, Dr. Jeffress is also the author of 18 books, including The Solomon Secrets (a 2002 Medallion Finalist), Hell? Yes! and When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense. His newest book, Twilight’s Last Gleaming, was released January 2, 2012 by Worthy Publishing.

Dr. Jeffress graduated with a D.Min. from Southwestern Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. from Baylor University. In May 2010, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. In June 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Jeffress and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Julia and Dorothy, and a son-in-law, Ryan Sadler.

You can visit Dr. Jeffress' website here

About the Book:

Economic chaos, spiraling immorality, cultural decay, terrorism and global upheaval have convinced many that we are living in the twilight days of America. Widely respected pastor, author and frequent media commentator Dr. Robert Jeffress agrees, but is quick to add a note of hope and challenge in his latest release, Twilight’s Last Gleaming (Worthy Publishing, January 2012). Although we cannot prevent America’s eventual demise, he asserts, we can postpone it . . . and make a difference for eternity at the same time.

Including a foreword by former governor Mike Huckabee, Twilight’s Last Gleaming offers a bold roadmap to guide readers’ attitudes and actions in these volatile times. “But it is not all doom and gloom,” writes Jeffress. “We have an unprecedented opportunity within our current culture to delay our country’s ultimate dissolution so that we can continue to grow the kingdom. Even if America’s best days are behind her, for American Christians, this can and should be our shining moment.”

The remarkable society whose light once shone as a beacon to the world is dimming. This is the sobering assessment of Robert Jeffress in Twilight’s Last Gleaming, yet he brings with that diagnosis a remarkably redemptive and hope-filled prescription for American believers. With biblical insight and real-world clarity, Jeffress answers for everyone who wonders what can be done right now—within our culture, our churches, our voting booths and our neighborhoods—to hold off America’s ensuing demise. He points a way out of the malaise, calling believers to action—not to restore a fading empire’s glory, but to make an eternal impact on millions of souls.

In Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Jeffress also devotes an entire chapter to a pressing issue on many Americans’ minds: Who should I vote for in the coming presidential election? “If Christians place pragmatism above principle, we may or may not win the election, but we will lose our soul,” states Jeffress. However, Jeffress also suggests that a candidate’s faith is just one issue to consider when voting. Jeffress asserts, “There’s some value to having a non-Christian like Mitt Romney who embraces biblical principles, rather than a professing Christian like Barack Obama who embraces unbiblical principles.” He proposes four questions that every believer should ask himself before selecting a candidate:

· Is the candidate a Christian?

· How would a candidate’s faith impact his policies?

· Do his policies align with the Bible?

· How does he view the Constitution?

With a graceful balance between passivism and extreme activism, Jeffress challenges Christians to be “salt” and “light” in a decaying and darkening culture, standing up against the tide of evil that threatens to engulf America. “We cannot predict God’s ultimate judgment, but we can delay it just like Jonah’s obedience did at Nineveh,” says Jeffress. “But the reason that we’re trying to bide time for our country and prevent its premature decay is not so that we can turn America around, but so that we can preach the Good News.”

My Thoughts:

God's Timing is Perfect and I feel strongly this book coming out right now is just that: HIS Perfect timing! It seems no matter who you are, Believers and/or Non-Believers alike are discussing "The Times" we are in. Certainly, most everyone is talking about this years Election. Christians are realizing we must wake up, take a stand, and be bold for Christ. But, what exactly does that look like?

In Twilights Last Gleaming, Dr. Jeffress addresses these issues and so much more! He defines, very clearly I might add, Tolerance and Judging others. He devotes a whole chapter on "How a Christian should Vote." America has fallen asleep and lost sight of the fact that we were once a Christian Nation NOT a secular nation. We have been Passive and are reaping the consequences. Are you prepared? For what you ask? To be Persecuted and for the End of Times? We are to be Gods people, sharing who HE is and offering HIS Love and Hope to others! Our end times don't have to be a fearful time, but rather an opportunity to share Christ with all of those who don't know HIM! Jeffress offers a challenge to us to take a stand for righteousness, to claim victory over this evil that is threatening our nation.

Some may not agree with all that Jeffress has to say and I would imagine that is just fine with him. I do think, however, that although you might not agree with him in some areas, but in the very least, reading Twilights Last Gleaming did cause you to reevaluate your Christian walk, and just maybe allow your Faith to go deeper. Are we not just like the Israelites who looked to their idols and not to God? Even though HE provided ALL they needed and led them each day morning and night and gave them their food each day? They allowed their flesh to rule, the voices of others to rein, and their disobedience cost them dearly. Let us turn our hearts to the Lord, humble ourselves and Pray! Let us come to a place of repentance and let others see HIS Light, HIS Grace, and experience HIS Salvation!

I highly recommend reading "Twilights Last Gleaming," and when you purchase your copy, you might grab a couple more to pass out to others!

Thank you B&B Media Group for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!


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