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The Miracle Ship: Conversations with John Gillespie Kindle Edition
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This is a very practical book as it details many things that can prevent one’s healing. For instance, involvement in the occult, negative patterns of speech or thought, or even possession of certain items in your home can allow demons to invade. If someone has an illness that doctors cannot seem to understand or heal, Gillespie prays and is often given information from the Holy Spirit about the reason for the trouble. Idolatry, not pursuing a relationship with God, and unrepentant sin can all hinder healing and must be addressed. Gillespie has a gift for listening to God about the specific reason in any case and then holds a frank discussion with the ill person asking, in effect, “Do you really wish to be healed?” Helpful information is in the appendices such as lists of items and practices which could lure a demonic spirit into your life. With his remarkable success rate, the church should take notice of this man and his ministry. You won’t be disappointed if you read Brian O’Hare’s The Miracle Ship.
Credit O’Hare for his well-balanced portrayal of Gillespie: the simple humility and trust in God’s provision for every need makes the man seem so ordinary and daily-dependent upon his Heavenly Father that Gillespie could easily be anyone’s neighbor anywhere in the world. And yet, his total commitment to pray for the sick without asking for money or notoriety places him in the tradition of other saints of the past.
The Miracle Ship is more than a biography, however. The author includes much helpful information about prayer, scripture, the supernatural realm and dozens of real-life case studies of people despairing and tormented and how Gillespie discerns their problems and then is able to touch them in love and grace and let God do the rest. All glory to Him whom life and healing come.
I can tell you he is the real deal. An unassuming man, humble with a very strong spiritual presence. He talked to us, prayed with us and over the boys. My kids started to eat and gain weight, we've never looked back.
When we came back to the US I ordered his book. read it in 2 days and it's really changed my life. I realize that we 'own' our sickness and fear. I've bought many copies for people I know.
The Miracle Ship is the biography of Irish faith-healer John Gillespie. A true story, this book takes us along an incredible journey. John, as a young boy, developed Developmental Dysplasia (DDH) a rare and incurable degeneration of the bones. As John grew up, determined to carry on as normal, he went from farm worker on his parents’ farm to manual laborer as young man. Each year the pain becomes more and more unbearable. Hoping for a curing operation, all the doctors gave him was a negative prognosis. A surgery could cripple him forever. That’s when he found and turned to prayer. Not the normal everyday kind of prayer, but an intensive “Please help me” type of direct communication with Jesus and God.
Brian O’ Hare says “John’s prayer was intense; it was real; it was loaded with a single-minded, if unsophisticated worship that poured from his heart and his immense faith.”
This is not a stuffy story, but does show us the immense faith John must have had in the Lord, because it took a long time for his prayers to come true. He never gave up.
He also shows us the humorous side of God as God healed John’s foot but not his knee. ‘“Ah, come on Lord,” John ejaculated, almost without thought, ready to defend his prayer. And, after reflection added “All right, Lord. I’ll go back to the prayer of faith again...and the fasting, Lord. But this time, it’s for my knee.” He looked at the tabernacle and added, “Okay?” And after some thought said, “Uh, that’s both knees, Lord, Okay?”’ That was profound, yes, but a really funny bit.
He also tells his readers about the ability to watch his healing process when John saw the Lord “weaving a new spinal cord...” Incredible.
The first part deals with John’s healing process and his developing relationship with God.
The second part of the book starts us along John’s journey to become a faith healer—kicking and screaming. This was not part of John’s life plan. The bantering continues between John and God: “But I didn’t ask to be chosen.” Answer: “Did you not ask to be healed? Did you not promise to help my people?” Uh, yes, John had in his desperation. So, John was obligated, and he lives up to his promise. And God starts to answer John like he was talking to his next door neighbor.
This book holds great interest in the healing process and John’s relationship with God. It gets heavy and drags when the author starts to get preachy. This book also has minor editing and formatting faults, which should be addressed.