I first became aware of the author Angus Buchan, through the movie Faith Like Potatoes. The movie is based on his life as a young farmer in Zambia, Africa. Because of political unrest and land re-claims, he left the country to move south to KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to begin a new farm with his wife and children. Their struggle to get established was tense and desperate, but with the help of his foreman, Simeon Bhengu, they scraped by. Hardships and personal tragedy made Angus angry and disillusioned until he met Jesus. His life was transformed. I know that sounds cliche, but it isn’t in this movie. The movie is well worth your time to watch if you want to get the background on this preacher of God’s Word today.
The book, A Rushing Mighty Wind, is one of Mr. Buchan’s most recent updates. I was very excited to have this opportunity to read and review it. He shares with his readers of an extraordinary experience that occurred at a Christian get together in Israel. Mr. Buchan, who by now is a popular conference speaker as well as preacher and teacher, was asked by the International Christian Embassy to be the keynote speaker at the annual Feast of Tabernacles for Christians held in En-Gedi, the Dead Sea, on September 30, 2012. This event hosts delegates from countries from all over the world to meet in a spirit of unity, to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, to worship God and to address world Christian issues and pray over them. 2012’s theme was taken from Zecharaiah 12:10, “The Spirit of Grace and Supplication.”
When Angus Buchan was speaking, a miracle happened reminiscent of Acts chapter two. There were over 4,500 people at the event who witnessed God’s affirmation and power. The first several chapters of the book provides us with a background of the Feast of the Tabernacles, a brief purpose of the Christian Embassy, a description of the events, testimony from several delegates who were there, and a heart-felt follow-up from Mr. Buchan on what he believes we can take from this experience. The book is uplifting and encouraging.
One of the things that’s important to me when I read Christian non-fiction is to determine whether the book has established a firm foundation: the foundation being salvation through trust in Jesus Christ alone for reconciliation with God, the Father. When the foundation is firmly established in teaching books like this, then I look at whether the foundation is being built upon, using good material. I search to see if growth is encouraged through sound teaching from the Bible. Are readers urged to practice what they are taught? Are people led to maturity in their faith in the Lord, and in their walk with the Holy Spirit? Are they shown how to reach out to others in love? And finally, I observe to see if they are taught to be obedient to God in fulfilling His directive to tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ “unto the ends of the world.” Additionally, I look to see if the truth is being diluted or if believers are being distracted by something that could be good on its own merit but may be misused, overemphasized or under-emphasized.
In my opinion, this book demonstrates sound teaching from the Bible. “The Holy Spirit is regarded as a mirror. He reflects the glory of God. He will not try to take the place of Jesus; He is Jesus in the Spirit. This forms the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three are one and yet they are different entities.” The author does not emphasize one over the other as more important. He didn’t overemphasize or misuse the working of the Holy Spirit. Instead his book encourages us to develop an anticipation toward revival all around the world.
The author teaches others to teach others. One of the results of the modern day miracle of En-Gedi in 2012 was the creation of a new ministry that God led Mr. Buchan to begin: the Mighty Men Conferences. Part two of this book covers the exciting adventure God led the author through this ministry. People were being encouraged to mature in their faith in the Lord and in their walk with the Holy Spirit. The men returned home to become leaders in their own communities.
One powerful demonstration of leading others to reach out in love, was the story the author told about a special meeting in a city where there was labor unrest. The meeting went along as planned, there were no outbreaks in the stadium, and after the meeting where Mr. Buchan prayed for workers to give their all to their jobs and families, preached reconciliation, many people went back to work, and the entire work atmosphere changed positively. God can work in our hearts toward a spirit of cooperation and peace if we listen to Him.
I especially enjoyed the third part of this short 191-page book in which Mr. Buchan gives us an overview of some historical revivals from all over the world, a Welsh revival, an Indonesian revival and others. It reminded me that we need to keep praying for a revival right where we live as well as in our country and around the world.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) on behalf of Monarch Books. 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.”