Review: `Receiving the 12 Blessings of Israel`
`Receiving the 12 Blessings of Israel` is a spiritual growth book written by author Paul Thangiah. Paul Thangiah is the founder and Senior pastor of Full Gospel Assembly of God church in Indiranagar, Bangalore, India. The church started with 3 people and now members exceeding 25,000. The tagline for the book reads - `How God's Promises to His People Apply to Your Life Today.` The author's purpose is to inform the readers of the twelve Tribes of Israel and their blessings. Each chapter is dedicated to one Tribe. The author's insights warn us about the consequences of sin and motivate us to live godly lives dedicated to Christ alone. (see page 11). I believe the author's thesis is to help every child of God realize that God desires to bless His children. (see page 18)
The chapters give an overview of each of the tribe leaders beginning with Reuben and ending with Benjamin. God had promised Jacob that the two sons born to Joseph in Egypt before Jacob's arrival would become his. God also acknowledged Reuben's positive transformation. Reuben and his tribe stand out to us as a reminder that we are not to take God-given privileges for granted(see page 30).
This book is written in an easy-to-read format that any layperson could read and benefit from. It showed how blessings are lost by not following God, or blessings received by listening and obeying. Example: It showed how anger can get out of control unless we learn to temper our anger. It was a blessing to me just reading this book. I would recommend it to all believers.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."