The Grace Outpouring by Roy Godwin

                                                    The Grace Outpouring 

by Roy Godwin, Dave Roberts

Review by Mark Kelly

There are certain books that come along every once-in-a-while that change you, they take the straight line that is one’s thinking and theology and bend it so it’s heading off in another direction. The Grace Outpouring is one of those books!

From the beginning of this book you realise that you are dealing with a man that is like most other believers. This is a man just trying to get on with his life, enjoying family, earning a living and loving God.  And also in some ways this is also a man trying to ignore what God is saying until the pressure of the calling is too great.

Roy Godwin (of whom this book is focused around) is a man who finds himself running a Christian retreat centre in Wales based in a place called Ffald-y-Brenin. This centre becomes a place of revival, where the presence of God is tangible and very real. Roy, through this charge, discovers that God simply wants to pour out His blessings on those who wish to receive Him. In essence this is a book of prayer; how to pray and how to bless people (and places) through prayer and see the results in action.

This is not a story of minute-by-minute, wall-to-wall miracles, but a story of reliance on God through all things and a story of trust and obedience.

Some key aspects of the book come through simple sentences or short paragraphs that tell of a change of heart and understanding. Such as realising that to bless others we first must be clean and be forgiven otherwise what ‘blessing’ would we be passing on? Also that, as miraculous as things that transpire in the story are, there is an understanding of the ebb and flow of revival and that to be ready for the next wave we can rest without guilt.

The story within this book comprises of little stories. Stories of someone’s personal encounter with the Holy Spirit, stories of those who realise they have been forgiven and can move on, stories even of those where for the moment the presence of God is so powerful they need to walk away and set-up an encounter for a later time.

This book is not a “recipe for success” (whatever that may be), but rather  a story of imperfect human beings stepping out of their comfort zones.

So my recommendation would be, read the book, enjoy it, take inspiration from it and let the story change you. Come to it without cynicism and simply rejoice in what God has done with a simple man in a remarkable place