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BOOK REVIEW: Intercession In Action by Norman Grubb
This is a dynamic and powerful pamphlet dealing with God’s highest calling of Norman Grubb, that of intercessor. He relates God’s commission (call) of him, the costs (or deaths) with each intercession and the exciting completion (victories), far beyond what Norman would have ever imagined. It is an intercessory story of God dealing with a man who was willing to believe, die to self-desires, and see God complete His work through him.
Each experience had its death, where personal desires and goals were set aside to obey God. He experienced a “severe battle” in giving up his first girl friend who did not want his kind of religion. He would within himself know to move his position and those of his men while on the battlefield to a place where a shell had just hit (how it smelled!) only to have where they had just left be blown up. Even his war injury, that kept him from playing football became an opportunity for God.
But the costs led to incredible, significant victories, like the translation of the New Testament into the Bangala language, the growth and development of the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade from meager beginnings, and his meeting Rees Howells and the principle of faith he learned from him.
Norman’s last commission was the radical Total Truth knowledge of Romans 7 & 8, that our crucified “I” is the same “I” container of before, what has changed is the deity spirit, formerly Satan, now Jesus Christ Lord. As he sees God’s threshold launching of this Total Truth, especially in The Intercessor magazine, the cost has been ostricism and opposition. Yet Norman’s vision is as the Lord has given him “worldwide, churchwide.”
I knew Norman for several years as he traveled yearly to our home. However, I missed the impact of his intercessory life until I read this compelling pamphlet. I guess I thought intercession was an easier life. And Norman would say it was. I hope you will read this intercessory story and learn the excitement of God’s victories because Norman stood faithful.
Norman concludes with his vision, God’s vision in him, that like Peter, we join “the royal priesthood” of intercessors and like Paul, “death working in us, but life in you.”