I’ve never read a book by R.T. Kendall that has failed to speak directly into some area of my life and encourage, challenge, and cheer me on in my faith. “These Are the Days of Elijah” is no exception. In this sketch of the prophet Elijah and his ministry, R.T. Kendall manages to discuss 1) the problem with cessation theology 2) the need for preparation in ministry 3) God’s unfailing provision for our needs 4) the uncomfortable reality that faith means taking risks and being willing to go outside our comfort zone
5) the importance of waiting patiently on God and being persistent in prayer 6) God’s patience with us and our issues 7) the Jezebel spirit 8) God’s vindication 9) the need to be exceedingly careful in invoking the Lord’s name in a prophetic manner 10) and finally, the importance of doggedly pursuing a deeper knowledge of God.
By no means is this an exhaustive list of topics, but I mention these to make this point; the wisdom found between the pages of this book is far-reaching.
Based on a series of R.T. Kendall’s sermons, the tone of this book is conversational. Indeed, I often felt as if I was in the same room as Mr. Kendall, who in my mind’s eye appeared as a grandfatherly figure, dispensing wisdom through casual conversation. There are a few places where the writing is somewhat stilted, mainly because of a choppy transition from one thought to the next, (or one sermon to another), but this does not detract from the value of the content.
Kendall’s exhortation to those who believe they may have a prophetic gift is sure to ruffle your feathers if you come from a charismatic crowd that actively engages in everyone prophesying over one another. While Kendall does believe there are true prophetic voices today, he claims they are rare. He goes on to impress upon the reader the seriousness of invoking the Lord’s name when giving a prophetic word, and gives an excellent teaching on the 3rd commandment – that we not misuse the name of the Lord. If you consider yourself prophetically gifted, then challenge yourself to read “These Are the Days of Elijah” and consider Kendall’s words on this topic. If you just generally desire to grow in your faith and in wisdom this book will serve you greatly on your way.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Chosen Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.