The Power of the Prophetic Blessing
by: John Hagee
I received an email from Worthy Publishing asking if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing John Hagee’s new book, The Power of the Prophetic Blessing. When I first read the email, I thought I might just pass on this request, but then I noticed the name. Now, I’m not acquainted with John Hagee’s ministry, but I have heard my boyfriend mention him from time to time. I called him up and asked him if he’d like me to request the book and he said yes, that he would be interested in what John Hagee had to say about the subject of prophetic blessing, and so my email response back to the publisher was a “yes”.
When the book arrived, I let my boyfriend know and asked him if he wanted to read a copy. I was surprised when he said no. One of the reasons I had requested to review the book was based on his interest, and I asked why he didn’t want to read the book. He said he wanted me to read it and to share my discoveries with him. Oh, okay I thought…but wasn’t very enthused about the idea – that’s until I began to read what John Hagee had to write.
The Power of the Prophetic Blessing takes the reader into the Old and New Testament of the Bible and teaches them about the blessings mentioned within its pages. The Priestly Blessing and the Prophetic Blessing are both touched upon; however, the main focus is on the Prophetic Blessing. The Prophetic blessing is a blessing spoken, in prayer, onto another by someone who has spiritual authority to do so; it’s about the future of that person and the path God has chosen for them. In the book, Hagee teaches the reader about the history of the Prophetic Blessing as he shares with them what the blessing entails and how to minister it and how to receive it.
Before starting my review, I was curious about other people who have read this book. This made me do something I normally never do…I searched Google and came across some of their reviews. What made me curious was the subject of the book. I know how controversial some Christian beliefs can be, and I wanted to see how others approached this in their reviews. What I noticed was the divided response to the book; half of the reviews were positive and the other half were not. Well, here’s my thought on this book.
The Power of the Prophetic Blessing was written in three parts: the history (from the Old Testament), Jesus’ blessing (from the New Testament), and how to minister and receive the blessing.
Reading the first section of the book was very enlightening to me. I love history and like to learn about other cultures and traditions of past generations, and this book explored the past of the Jewish people and nation. John Hagee went into detail about each blessing Jacob ministered to his children (and to Joseph’s two sons). This was interesting to me because each tribe of Israel is a descendant of Jacob and it was fascinating to read about the history of each tribe as described in the Bible and to see where each tribe ended up.
In the next section, Hagee went over the blessing that Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter five. He took each blessing and elaborated on it, giving the reader insight in how to obtain that blessing. This section was more like a sermon, but I liked reading about them. John Hagee mixed this part with a lot of stories and I think that was one of the reasons I enjoyed reading this section.
In the final section of the book, the reader learns how to release and receive the blessing. Reading this section made me think about my own habits and how I pray. Sometimes praying can be just a bunch of words to express the thoughts of the person praying – but do you really believe in what you are praying about? Although some areas in this section are up for debate, my take away was the self-examination of my own spiritual walk – when I pray, am I really believing or are my words just empty proclamations?
Overall I was pleased with John Hagee’s book, The Power of the Prophetic Blessing. Hagee is passionate about sharing this concept with the reader and his enthusiasm is apparent when reading the book; his passion leaps from the pages!
I would recommend this book to the reader who wants to learn more about the history of Israel, or who would like to go more in depth about the twelve tribes of Israel. Depending on your religious views, I think those who believe in the power of speech and prayer will also enjoy reading this book. Critics of John Hagee will probably find flaws, and those who don’t believe in God will not delight in the concepts shared in this book. Of course my recommendation is to take this teaching and compare it with the Word of God – if it lines up then accept it, and if it doesn’t then disregard it. :0)
For more information about John Hagee or his book, The Power of the Prophetic Blessing, check out thepowerofthepropheticblessing.com
John Hagee is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a nondenominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, as well as the founder and president of John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his radio and television teachings throughout America and in 249 nations worldwide. Hagee is also the founder and national chairman of Christians United for Israel, a grassroots national association with over one million members to date.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher Worthy Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”