Probably one of the most impacting Discipleship studies I’ve ever done was one called Masterlife. The author was Avery T. Willis. His humility and depth was apparent in the Masterlife material and I continued to read other projects he released. That latest project is Learning to Soar.
Learning to Soar uses Deuteronomy 32:11 as the basis for the entire book.
Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, so he spread his wings to take them up and carried them safely on his pinions. (Deuteronomy 32:11, NLT).
Willis takes this verse describing God’s work in the Hebrew people during their exodus and brings it to bear on God’s work in our lives today. The analogy is used throughout the book to show how God may allow some trouble or hardship in our lives to move us out of our comfortable “nest.”
The book is co-authored by Matt Willis, the grandson of Avery Willis. Matt wrote quite a few “aside” sections intertwined with the book text. These sections are included to put a present-day context to the writings of his grandfather.
Since Learning to Soar was published, Willis has been diagnosed with leukemia. I feel quite confident that he will soar through this time of problems in his own personal life.
As with all of Avery Willis’ writings, Learning to Soar is a great tool for discipleship. If you are facing some hard times in your life right now, this book may help add a new perspective to those troubles. You may just find that God is using these times to move you from where you are to where He wants you to be.
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