Little Faith, Big God
Grace to Grow When Your Faith Feels Small
by Debbie Wilson
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 11 Feb 2020 | Archive Date 03 Aug 2021
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Leafwood Publishers
God designed spiritual growth to be an ongoing journey of trust. By exploring the examples of biblical men and women who failed, got up again, finished well, and were commended by God, Little Faith, Big God will inspire you to persevere in your faith. Present-day stories and guiding questions invite personal reflection, application, and discussion. Little Faith, Big God will equip you to trade your self-made superhero cape for a dynamic, grace-filled relationship with our big God.
—Julie Zine Coleman, managing editor for Arise Daily and author of Unexpected Love
“Life is hard, and at times, faith can be even harder. Yet, of all God’s creations, we are the only ones called to live by faith. In Little Faith, Big God, Debbie helps reshape our perspective of the spiritual giants who have gone before us. She reminds us that while some stumbled under the weight of their trials, it didn’t ruin their relationship with God. It actually helped refine it! In this new book, Debbie takes us on a wonderful journey through the Bible and reminds us that ‘impossible problems are no problem for a big God.’”
—Amy Richissin, development officer, Turning Point Counseling
“In her delightful book Little Faith, Big God, Debbie Wilson shares how God has powerfully used ordinary, imperfect people to achieve his extraordinary plans and purposes! Each story contains nuggets of biblical truth, humor, and encouragement to help us on our faith journey. I highly recommend Little Faith, Big God.”
—Josh McDowell, Christian apologist and best-selling author of Evidence That Demands a Verdict
“We live in very confusing times. Christians are increasingly on the defensive, and our hearts cry out to the Lord when politics and culture clash with our faith. Little Faith, Big God contains a wealth of Scripture and encouragement in daily devotion, which are wonderful reminders that our mighty God can be trusted completely with our lives and with our worship.”
—Diane Passno, former senior vice president of Focus on the Family
“It’s difficult to remember that the biblical saints were no saintlier than you or I. God accomplished his will using real people with real struggles, and, fortunately, perfect performance was not required. Nor is it required for you and me. Little Faith, Big God reveals the Word in a way that will deepen your walk with Christ through interactive reflections and exercises that encourage personal application.”
—Deb DeArmond, writing coach and award-winning author of Bumper Sticker Be-Attitudes
“Little Faith, Big God looks creatively at the age-old faith stories found in Hebrews 11. The insights are fresh, and the daily questions helped me to discover both a deeper understanding of Scripture and the true condition of my own heart. The exercise of digging deep into these truths and learning to apply them will make this a faith-changing book for both long time Jesus followers and those new to the journey.”
—Elizabeth Murphy, speaker and author of A Roller Coaster, a Roundabout, and a Road Trip
“Debbie’s at her best as she helps us relate to the examples of faith showcased in Hebrews 11. God turned their flaws into their strengths—and he can do the same to ours. Little Faith, Big God reminds us that we’re all in process, yet, by his grace, our inadequacies can become our strengths. Want to draw your sense of self-worth and significance from God instead of your performance? Then Little Faith, Big God is a must-read.”
—Lisa T. Grimes, speaker and coauthor of Remember Who You Are
“With compassion, depth, and a solid biblical foundation, Debbie Wilson takes the readers through the lives of the heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11. With wisdom and tenderness, she emphasizes obedience and surrender to God’s will in order to fulfill our purpose on earth. Wilson’s personal stories and application questions help draw readers into a desire to begin strengthening their personal relationships with God. I highly recommend this book.”
—Yvonne Ortega, licensed professional counselor and author of the Moving from Broken to Beautiful series
“Faith is a slippery subject for many until they have walked the path of life and find it. Debbie Wilson’s book will help those who are searching for answers about faith. She uses Scripture, history, examples, illustrations, and personal testimonies to help us focus on our faith—a great teaching tool. Little Faith, Big God is a must-read because ‘without faith, it is impossible to please God.’”
—Donald A. Woeltjen, South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church
“What I truly value about this book is that it makes the gospel seem so simple. And isn’t that exactly what God would want for us? As Christians, we have developed ways to create an incredibly complicated message of faith, and yet it’s not! Little Faith, Big God provides a way for us to take God at his word, with concrete ways to do that. This book is ideal for group studies.”
—Shari Braendel, author of Help Me Jesus, I Have Nothing to Wear!
“Little Faith, Big God is so much more than a devotional or Bible study! Debbie invites the reader to travel with her through Scripture as she surveys the faith journeys of some significant men and women. Her probing questions and the myriad of real-life stories she shares bring faith to life and makes it relatable to everyone.”
—Craig Phelps, lead pastor at Gorman Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina
“In Little Faith, Big God, Debbie has a rare ability to bring to life people of old in a way that is relevant to today. You’ll be inspired to apply life lessons from these very real people who made a forever impact in their generation and beyond. This book will deepen your love and appreciation for Jesus and will help grow your faith in our very big God!”
—Tara Furman, founder and president of Knowing God Ministries
“As I read Little Faith Big God, I realized this is every person’s story. We are weak, but he is strong. Our faith is little, but God is big. This story brings rest to your soul and peace to your heart. This journey is not about perfect performance but trusting a big God who loves all people—even those of us with little faith.”
—Monica Schmelter, host of Bridges on Christian Television Network
“Debbie Wilson walks us through the personal struggles of those named in Hebrews 11 in a way that helps us connect with them and re-energize our trust in God because we know how their lives worked out for good. Even though we do not know the ends of our stories, we can that trust God’s grace is in the details of our lives and that he never gives up. Little Faith, Big God will continue to linger in your mind, heart, and soul.”
—Annetta Dellinger, author of Joy-spirations for Caregivers and Blessings and Prayers for Those with Cancer
“We live by faith and not by sight. But what exactly does that mean? And how do we do that? Debbie offers clear steps not only to grow our faith but also to have the vibrant life God intended, one full of grace. My heart was blessed by Little Faith, Big God, and I trust yours will be too.”
—Diane Rumley, cofounder and executive director of Support Military Families
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The devotional book runs daily over eight weeks; each week is a different faith topic. The book is well titled and written for people and groups who would like Grace to grow and improving the faith. The devotional book demonstrates prayers, scriptures and stories that are aimed at growing the faith. Ideal to be used individually, as a family or a group. The questions at the end of each day is aimed with reflection of what you have read and if you are reading the devotionals within a group it is not compulsory to share your thoughts. My review is posted on Amazon.com.au, Christianbook.com, goodreads, Barnes and Noble and Kobo, googlebooks, iBooks. Run date of 24 February 2020 the review will be posted/published at. A link to my review is also on my Facebook blog page, is https://www.facebook.com/BlueFalkon95-Readers-blog-104660277776984 I voluntarily read and reviewed a free copy of this book for Abilene Christian University Press and Leafwood Publishers and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #LittleFaithBigGod #NetGalley
Little Faith, Big God is a Bible study mainly in Hebrews and goes through some people of faith in the Bible. It shows people who had mighty faith, but also flaws and things they faced but held strong in their faith in God and his promises. This is an 8 week study book but I did it in about 3 weeks. It was just that good! I really enjoyed going through this book and exploring more deeply the faith and failures of some well known people and it helps you apply their stories to your life. It was definitely encouraging and enriching!
This book dives deep into the Hebrews Chapter 11 over the period of many weeks and gives readers a great understanding of what it means to put all of your faith in God who can take care of everything that we need. Through taking the time to look at the great heroes of our faith, we see that our God is big enough to provide everything we need. And in doing this it teaches us how to place all of our trust and faith in Him. I very much enjoyed the way this book was divided up with daily lessons. There were days when I had enough time to really dig into a few days worth, and other days when I had just enough time to get through one lesson. I truly loved taking a long period of time to dive into one chapter of the Bible. Wilson also provides a lot of corresponding stories and verses from the Bible to build the overall picture of a truly great story. Hebrews 11 is a chapter of the Bible that I have read many times and yet there was so much that I was able to learn from this study. That is the mark of a great study and a great teacher when we continue to learn from something we have already spent so much time in.
This is a wonderful daily devotional/bible study. It's well written and helps keep you grounded in God's word daily. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Thank you Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers via NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Being a long-time believer, I can get lax in my faith walk and rest on my spiritual laurels. This book challenges me to rise up, explore faith and discover God in a new way! “Little faith in a big God blossoms into courage to sustain us through every trial and setback.” If you are looking for a fresh and applicable study to put your faith first, this book will not disappoint. I am grateful to the author and NetGalley for a copy of this book to review. This resource has refreshed me!
Little Faith, Big God was an absolute treasure to read. I used it more as a devotion and slowly went through it, completing the questions at the end. It was such an encouraging read with each “Day” bringing forth much insight about biblical characters and their stories of faith, followed by personal application and thought-provoking questions. I am thinking it would be a great tool to use in a Bible study or small group setting and would highly recommend it to those looking for an encouraging daily devotion.
5 stars Little Faith, Big God Grace to Grow When Your Faith Feels Small by Debbie Wilson This book is phenomenal. It is an 8 week devotional with daily readings and reflections. It is deep and fulfilling, it is not fluffy like so many devotionals are anymore. This book would be perfect for any Bible study group, small group or read alone as part of a daily Bible reading. I truly hope Ms. Wilson writes more devotionals. She has a wonderful way of looking at difficult times but showing God's grace and goodness in the storm. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In Little Faith, Big God Debbie Wilson writes out passages from the bible with small excerpts that she expands on also with her own experiences, It may just be that I am a sucker for devotionals but I LOVED this book. I wish that I followed the weekly plan to read, write out, and pray each day in the scripture because I feel like I would have experienced more growth over a longer period of time. By reading this book, you can really tell how adorable Debbie Wilson is in her writing. With devotionals, despite how long the bible is, seems like you are hearing the same service- "Do well on to others, Have faith in god even if you don't feel the response right away, God loves you"- As much as most Christians agree with these statements they become humdrum and repetitive and prayer should expand and grow as your faith and experiences do. When she writes a section, she puts in a little flare and says how she expands on a certain event that has happened and why she feels this might have happened which invokes a spiritual way of thinking throughout the day. I am buying this physical book as soon as I can.
Debbie W. Wilson's "Little Faith, Big God: Grace to Grow When Your Faith Feels Small" is what I would refer to as a "working" Christian's book. What do I mean by this? Quite simply, "Little Faith, Big God" isn't so much a book you simply sit down and read - it's a book you commit to experiencing. Wilson acknowledges this in the book's opening pages when she recommends that you have a bible handy as you begin what is intended to be an eight-week journey through Hebrews 11, a chapter of the Bible often referred to as the faith chapter precisely because it shares the stories of ordinary people who, by faith, pleased God. Wilson weaves together stories, mostly from her own life, along with reflections, applications, and discussion questions at the end of each section. She intersperses Scripture throughout, a sure sign that you truly will benefit from having your bible nearby so that you can read scriptures, reflect on questions, and fully engage yourself with the book. Wilson's seems to be able to flexibly be used with various translations of Scripture and she even references The Message at one point. Only recently released on 2/11/20, "Little Faith, Big God" is a simple collection intended to inspire Christians to dig deeper into Hebrew 11 but also to be gentler with themselves in their faith journeys. Wilson is a Christian life coach, author, and Bible teacher with Lighthouse Ministries and also had a long background working with Campus Crusade for Christ. Wilson's theological approach could easily be identified as a more traditional evangelical theology as her scriptural interpretations are revealed you can see where she leans toward traditional, more widely accepted interpretations of Hebrews 11. As I was provided an Advanced Review Copy with expectation of a review, I didn't have the time up front to fully immerse myself in the experience of the book but I do intend to do so as Wilson's approach to the material is easy to understand, accessible, and would be a terrific option for church study groups or for working with newer Christians seeking to better understand the Bible. As a seminary graduate, I can't say that I found "Little Faith, Big God" to offer much in the way of new knowledge or insight but I appreciated the experience of reading it for what it did offer and how it offered me the opportunity to not only reflect but also to more fully understand my own faith journey.
I absolutely loved this book. Debbie did such a great job with Faith the subject. She has a way about her that holds the readers attention. The cover was a perfect fit . It made me smile and feel a sense of hope and joy. The book is made up of 8 weeks of devotions with study and reflection questions and an area for prayer requests. Using Old and New Testament scripture , with the help of some famous Bible Saints like Abraham and Enoch Debbie shows us that God is always with us and loves us and has faith in us. We have to trust Him even when we screw up. Like Moses who didn't feel like he could lead God's people. God had faith in Moses. A great read. This would make a great gift.