Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thoughts on The Cross and the Switchblade

Yesterday, I got my birthday present from my parents and my brother--a Kindle! I was so excited because I had wanted one but didn't think I was able to get it! But when my parents and brother went in on it there was enough! :)

I plugged it into my computer and bought three books: A Love that Multiplies by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, 31 Days of Cleaning: How to have a Martha House the Mary Way, and The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson. Right now, I'm reading The Cross and the Switchblade and A Love that Multiplies at the same time. While I have enjoyed both books (and will be blogging about the other one later), The Cross and the Switchblade has re-ignited my passion to help those downtown who feel as if they are out of options.

At the beginning of the book, Pastor Wilkerson talks about how he was introduced to New York City's toughest gangmembers. A few members escorted him into their party area--where sin was rampant. Drugs, drunkeness, you name it. My heart broke when one girl, Maria, showed him her arm--she had been mainlining and was addicted to heroin. She looked him in the eye and said, "There's no hope for me; even from God."

How tragic!

I wanted to hop straight into that book look HER in the eye and say, "Yes, there IS hope! You CAN be free from this!"

It made me eager to do evangelism again. It made me want to fly up to Minnesota just so I could do Encounter, Connecting Hope, and ROSES all in the same weekend!

Every Christian needs to read this book. Words cannot describe how much the book has impacted me as a Christian and a future minister.

Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”