And the Word Came with Power is one of my favorite books. I don’t usually read a book more than once, unless it’s the Bible, but this book has been an exception.
FROM BACK COVER: “God, show yourself stronger than the spirits!” For years, Joanne Shetler had prayed that prayer. And now the village was in an uproar. Two old women who were powerful spirit mediums had decided to worship God. The spirits were angry and the village was terrified. The people pleaded with Joanne: “Those women can’t do that, the spirits will kill them.” In the past, those who had tried to quit serving the spirits had paid with their lives. Now everyone was watching, waiting for the two spirit mediums to die. This is the dramatic story of how God set in motion events that knit Joanne and the Balangao people (in the Philippines) together in a spiritual battle that changed them forever. For centuries the Balangaos had worshiped the capricious and hard-to-please spirits who made relentless demands for sacrifices. They knew the spirits had power… did God have power? You’ll be inspired and challenged by the simple obedience of this people transformed by the power of the Word. This book has been translated into several languages and has been nominated for the Gold Medalion Award. The Alliance press in Hong Kong nominated it as one of the top 100 books of the century.
I read this book years ago, and when my children were old enough to comprehend the story, I read it to them. This book stays in my mind, even years later. The lessons learned from this book demand my attention again. I’ll have to reread it once more.