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I Just Wanted More Land [Paperback]

By Gary Gilley (Author)
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Pages   105
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 25, 2002
Publisher   Xulon Press
ISBN  1931232555  
EAN  9781931232555  

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A timely, much needed, well-thought out, and biblically sound response to the prayer of Jabez cult that has been developed by Dr. Wilkinson's little book. --Dr. Thomas Ice, Executive Director, the Pre-Trib Research Center

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Biblical Exegesis of 1 Chronicles 4:9-10  Oct 30, 2005
Gary Gilley's book I JUST WANTED MORE LAND exposes the problems of Bruce Wilkinson's mega-popular THE PRAYER OF JABEZ. Gilley shows how the weakness of Wilkinson's book is that Wilkinson does not do a proper biblical exegesis of the passage as found in 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. Gilley shows how a proper understanding of the passage reveals that Jabez was praying for more land and how Wilkinson misuses the text to teach a false prosperity gospel not found in the Bible.

The book is a solid resource for disciples that have had a hard time with fad trended church in America. First it was WWJD then came THE PRAYER OF JABEZ and now its Rick Warren and the whole Purpose-Driven fad. Instead of a steady intake of the inerrant Word of God (1 Peter 2:1-3), we are feeding on the popular culture. Gilley stays true to the text and does not allow popular American culture to interpret 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. I highly recommend the book for every serious disciple of Jesus (Luke 14:25-35).
Wilkinson�s prayer, not Jabez�s prayer  May 27, 2004
Don't get your doctrines (teachings on God's truth) from books; always get them from the Bible itself. I typically read one or two chapters of the Bible every day without commentary or footnotes, and I recommend this practice for all believers. Books like _The Prayer of Jabez_ by Bruce Wilkinson are excellent for reading personal testimony and about the author's spiritual attitude, but not for doctrine about how to pray or how to interpret Bible passages.

This is why I encourage everyone to read Wilkinson's book, but also read Gary E. Gilley's book, _I Just Wanted More Land--Jabez_. Gilley encourages all of us to follow correct principles when we interpret any passage, which Wilkinson didn't do. Wilkinson's book is mainly about the Great Commission (telling others about Jesus); Jabez couldn't possibly have meant that because the Great Commission hadn't begun yet. Also, Wilkinson encourages readers to repeat the words of the Jabez Prayer daily, when it's the author's changed heart that God honors in prayer rather than the misinterpreted words he prays.

Unfortunately, not all readers of Wilkinson's book have spiritual discernment (either from not being saved--even though they call themselves Christians--or because they don't set aside time daily to read the Bible, or because they read through the flesh--emotion or intellect--rather than through the Holy Spirit). Also, Wilkinson sometimes contradicts himself or hypes up his claims about what the misinterpreted prayer will do for its readers. Therefore, everyone should read Gilley's book in addition to Wilkinson's. But don't throw Wilkinson's book out the window: Wilkinson's attitude (his zest for souls and desire to serve God rather than praying to God to serve him) makes _The Prayer of Jabez_ worthwhile and exciting to read. Even better, he tells his personal testimony about how God made him a spiritual warrior for Christ.

Gilley's book (a quick read, like Wilkinson's) ends with a 45-page lesson on how not to twist scripture while reading the Bible. Wow! We all need this. It's written in group study format with homework and activities, but can be read straight through for those who already understand these concepts. Fortunately, he doesn't mention the Jabez prayer at all in this section, which is a relief after the first 60 pages.

By the way, I think it's funny that Gilley sees Wilkinson's book as teaching the prosperity gospel (also called the "health and wealth gospel"), while I see it as teaching a spirit of prayer to accompany telling people about Jesus. That's because I read _The Prayer of Jabez_ for its gist, choosing not to overanalyze it. This is an imperfect book written by a mere human (not scripture), so I gave Wilkinson leeway to be wrong sometimes, and ignored his contradictory statements. I chose not to read it for doctrine, which I only get from the Bible itself. Also, Wilkinson told us early on (p. 24) that he is not talking about the prosperity gospel, so I chose not to interpret his book that way.

The book which Gilley is reviewing could more accurately be called _The Prayer of Wilkinson_ rather than _The Prayer of Jabez_ because Wilkinson misinterprets the Jabez prayer. Thus, it's really Wilkinson's prayer that he teaches us in his book. Whenever people gain positive results from the "Jabez" prayer, I believe it's because they're duplicating the spirit with which Wilkinson prays rather than because they are mimicking verbatim the words of Jabez. God searches the heart (Luke 16:15, Joel 2:12-13, Romans 8:26-27, James 5:16); words are less important to Him (Matthew 6:7). Below, I paraphrase Wilkinson's prayer in my own words (except when quoted), and list page references which I am summarizing from.

1. God, please bless me in whatever ways You choose, in conformity with Your will for my life. (p. 24)

2. "...Expand my opportunities and my impact in such a way that I touch more lives for Your glory. Let me do more for You!" (p. 30)

3. Let me depend on Your power rather than my own, to accomplish amazing things I couldn't accomplish without You. (p. 46-49)

4. Finally, Lord, please keep temptations away from me, so that I don't sin, ruining the ministries you are giving me. (p. 63, 67)

Overall, I recommend Gilley's book, except that he overanalyzes, and he barely gives recognition to the *attitude* of prayer, where Wilkinson really shines. Gilley writes as if the main themes of Wilkinson's book (praying to give God the glory and share the Gospel) are mere side-notes. Worse, Gilley assumes that everyone who appreciates Wilkinson's book lacks scriptural discernment, which is not always the case. So take both Wilkinson and Gilley with a grain of salt, and read the Bible daily for pure doctrine and truth.

Dead On  Apr 12, 2003
I read Wilkinson's "Prayer of Jabez" with an open mind and absolutely could not believe why such a piece of apostasy was a best seller. But the stock market was running wild in the late 90's, everyone was doing well, so in retrospect, maybe it was not quite a surprise at all.

Wilkinson's exposition of four verses from Chronicles was beyond stretching. We may never know the real Jabez's motivation for his prayer. But remember his name means "pain." There are plenty of New Testament references cited by Mr. Gilley that clearly dispute Wilkinson's obnoxious "health and wealth", "name it and claim it" gospel. Jesus also clearly taught against repetitious prayers. C'mon Christians.....see through Wilkinson's garbage.

Gilley is right on with his rebutting of Wilkinson's book. With the economy tanking right now, I wonder how many "Jabez" readers are now more than a little disillusioned?

Thank you Mr. Gilley for your courage in writing a book that is against the Christian current, but right on !!

Fairly good book but... he grinds his own ax  Mar 26, 2003
This book does an excellent job of pointing out the errors of the Prayer of Jabez. The Mantra of Jabez was just as good in it's parody.
Gilley has his own subtle hemeneutic errors. If you are really interested in hermenuetics, buy some books on it, or on how to study the bible. Make sure you read more than one book on the subject matter, because you will learn more by using more than one source. There are a number of Bible Colleges that offer courses on hermeneutics or how to study the bible on the internet or via distance learning courses.

Gilley's tone is somewhat acerbic, if not caustic (even though he denies this). Overall, it's worth the read, but don't take offence.

We Just Understand It As a Prayer, Gary  Mar 6, 2003
I have noticed that most of the reviewers for this book are from Gary Gilley's own church family. I understand the reason that the "Prayer for Jabez" has become so popular, but I don't understand why this author continually tears down their beliefs. I believe most true Christian's understand that this is only one prayer from the Bible and that they don't need a whole book from him to explain otherwise.

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