Life and ministry are filled with battles and with breakthroughs. Learning to navigate that journey well is essential to both our health and wholeness as persons, and our effectiveness as leaders in the kingdom of God. Stephanie and Joel Midthun are two people who have learned to navigate that journey of life and ministry well.
Battles and Breakthroughs in Setting Captives Free is a book about experiencing God’s love and grace, and his transforming work in and through our own battles and breakthroughs. As Director for the Alliance of Renewal Churches (ARC), I work with pastors and lay leaders in the United States and overseas. Rarely have I found anyone who has the integrity between their vision and passion, and how they actually live their lives, that I have found in Stephanie and Joel Midthun. Steph and Joel have experienced the message of this book, they are living the message of this book, and they are equipping others to carry out the ministry of Jesus to set captives free.
Not only are Stephanie and Joel involved in ministries that set captives free and equip others to participate in that kind of ministry, they are doing it from a place of emotional, relational, and spiritual wholeness as persons. Their example in this regard is a living model to all who serve as leaders in the body of Christ. Too many leaders have significant wholeness deficits in their lives and as a result, they are held captive by things in their past that are still influencing their present in unhelpful ways. The very charisma of many leaders that we so often applaud can mask such deficits. Growth in wholeness is essential because what we do not allow God to transform, we will transmit. The truth is that the captives who often need to be set free are not just “others,” but are in fact “us.”
Battles and Breakthroughs in Setting Captives Free is a book well worth taking the time to read. I do not say this lightly. As one who has a busy ministry and personal schedule, I know how difficult it can be to build in time to read. But if you make the time to read this book you will be encouraged and refreshed, and you will be further equipped to be someone through whom God can set people free. That kind of life is life worth living. That kind of life is the life Stephanie and Joel Midthun are living and now share with us in this book. Thank you Joel and Steph!