Breaking The Miracle Barrier: Releasing God’s Power For Breakthrough, by Jennifer LeClaire
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
In reading this book, I found myself deeply disappointed by the author and by her insistent focus on sound, but it turns out that this is something of a focus by the author . What is most striking about this book is that the author seems to be completely unable to understand and apply the proper use of the Bible in one’s writing. This author makes the cardinal mistake of attempting to join a bunch of stories by an expression that cannot anywhere, in either word or concept, be found in the Bible, and that is the author’s belief in the supposed “sound of now” that induces Jesus Christ and God to come to one’s aid. While the author recognizes on the one hand that a magical approach, as the heathens did, was both inappropriate and biblically inaccurate, the author cannot avoid herself adopting that magical thinking in seeking to discuss what it is that leads God to act in one’s life in a given time and place and not before, and has a sort of aural fixation throughout the book which may be characteristic of the author’s body of work as a whole and is certainly something to pay attention to.
This book is barely more than 150 pages and has eighteen short chapters that are focused on the subject of the book’s first chapter, the supposed “sound of now” (1) that induced God and Jesus Christ to act that the author claims to find all over scripture. After this, the author discusses the art and science of sound, very briefly (2), discovering the sound of God (3), engaging a sound-activated kingdom (4), and so on. There are chapters on the sound of now capturing God’s attention (5), as if He needed such means, unlocking wisdom and revelation through the sound of now (6), discerning the sound of spiritual war (7), and so on. The author talks about how the sound of now apparently sends confusion into the enemy’s camp (8), breaks down barriers to one’s own promised land (9), brings healing and deliverance (10), births the “new thing” (11), and releases breakthrough angels (12). The author talks about what happens when the sound of now is tears (13), when to expect answers (14), when it is persistence (15), how to release this supposed sound in intercession (16), its many (other) manifestations (17), and dealing with backlash after one’s breakthrough (18), after which there are notes. It is a great shame that this book, for all of its scriptural citations, is covered with a nonbiblical superstructure of terms and concepts that mask rather than reveal what the Bible is saying.
One of the things that this book reveals is the deep interest that the author and many in the charismatic community have in seeking to understanding the workings of God in the lives of believers. When one’s belief system is based on the open and public action of God’s Holy Spirit, than one’s life needs to show the same thing or one feels as if one is not part of the elect, or at the very least is dealing with some sort of satanic stronghold. And so it is that the charismatic focus on the Holy Spirit also leads in general to a powerful interest in the spirit world. This book is full of the author’s testimony about her call for divine action in various aspects of her life and ministry, and the author seems to think that she is very much a big deal when it comes to the world of Christianity. Yet at the same time the author does not appear to know the difference between exegesis and the attempt to understand the Bible on its own terms and the use of scripture as a proof text for one’s nonbiblical concepts and ideas, as is the case here. “The sound of now” and “the sound of new” are merely catchphrases empty of significance that the author tries to hammer into the memory of the reader of this book, as the author appears to be unable to see what is involved in the workings of God with humanity and in His desire for believers to return to Him, to repent, and to live according to His ways.