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God’s Firestarters book reviews by Kimberley Payne, Ron Corcoran, & Gil Stieglitz

Three book reviews of God’s Firestarters available on Amazon https://amzn.to/3EcQKAg (USA) or https://amzn.to/3vrwibu (Canada)
Kimberley Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well-researched
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2021
I used to think that history was boring. But this exceptionally well-researched book captivated me. The stories of the great firestarters encouraged and inspired me to think about my own legacy. I read the entire book in one sitting but plan to go back and reread to better absorb the lessons learned.
Kimberley Payne, award-winning author,/

“God’s Firestarters” is a magnificent read! For over 40 years I have been praying for revival in the Western Church. The flame that once burned in my heart, in expectation of this happening, had diminished with the falling away from true orthodoxy in recent years. However, this book has once again fanned into flame that yearning in my heart. As a result of reading “God’s Firestarters,” I have rediscovered that God uses broken, fragile souls to stir others to renewal and revival. I shall make a point of distributing this book to as many people as possible. Well, done Ed and Janice!
(Venerable Ron Corcoran, author of ‘Jesus, Remember Me,’ ‘The Bishop or the King’ and ‘Deliver Us from Evil.’)

As always, you have outdone yourself, giving us hope that God will raise up new fire-starters in our day to push back the flames of temptation and plagues of corruption. I would highly recommend that everyone pick up a copy of this book and be inspired by the lives of ordinary people who were filled with their extraordinary God and accomplished huge things. You have always acted with a prophetic calling to awaken people to what is possible with God working in and through them. This is just another book in your storied career that will ignite numerous people to trust God for bigger things than they were prepared for. When we forget the past, we are weaker in the present and nonexistent in the future.
Dr. Gil Stieglitz, author of Building a Ridiculously
Great Marriage and Wise Parenting


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Faytene Grasseschi on God’s Firestarters

Three more book reviews of God’s Firestarters, a great Christmas gift.

You can purchase it at Amazon USA or Amazon Canada

Lena Klassen5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and InspiringReviewed in Canada on November 12, 2021I really enjoyed reading through the book and was quite inspired by the people and their stories. It is encouranging to know that despite their struggles and flaws, they went on to do great things for God. It is a great reminder that having flaws and struggles of my own does not disqualify me from serving in the Kingdom of God. I am thankful to have read this book.

Dorette Calderwood

A historical book featuring twenty chapters of extraordinary Christian’s whose love and obedience of God fostered tremendous fervor and revival in their respective eras. These beautifully written biographies reveal a deeper understanding of the fact that though we are created to swim upstream in our world, with God anything is possible. Could not put this book down.

Faytene Grasseschi

Having known Ed Hird for decades, I have always admired his passion for the Lord, and authentic honour, for those of generations past who have impacted history through their consecration hearts and laid down lives. This book reflects, with vigor, that passion and is nothing short of a treasure chest of revelation and inspiration. Like master excavators, Rev. Ed and Janice Hird have chiseled out of the rock of history gems that reveal what God can do with humble, devoted, individuals — many of whom are profoundly relatable. These stories both inspire and invite each one of us to step into the storyline of history in a way that will echo through eternity, by God’s grace. I believe these pages will leave every open heart aflame with fresh fire and passion!” — Faytene Grasseschi, 4 MY Canada / V-Kol Media / Faytene TV


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Three more book reviews by Violet Nesdoly, Marina Ireland, & Dr Leonard Sweet

Violet Nesdoly

Three more book reviews of God’s Firestarter. It makes a great Christmas present. You can order the ebook or paperback at Amazon USA or Amazon Canada.

Violet Nesdoly, author & painter

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Inspirational

Reviewed in Canada on November 10, 2021

Did you know that Katharina was the one who proposed marriage to Martin Luther, that Charles and John Wesley met with scandal and opposition in America, or that John Newton was a bad-tempered, rebellious alcoholic. Ed and Janice Hird reveal these historical bits and many more in their recently released book God’s Firestarters—Preparing Our Families for Coming Revivals.

In twenty fast-paced chapters the Hirds delve into the lives and impact of twenty giants of the Christian faith. These stories span centuries from Katharina Luther (1499-1582) and Susanna Wesley (1669-1742) to the 21st century and Chuck Smith (1927-2013), John Wimber (1934-1997), and J. I. Packer (1926-2020).

The accounts are tightly written with the abundant corroboration of a Wikipedia profile (there are a total of 717 endnotes). This is testimony to the rigorous research that has gone into each story. That’s a good thing too, for some of these accounts are almost unbelievable in the way God worked—through unlikely people, doing unlikely things, in unlikely places.

Though the stories are interesting and many entertaining, the Hirds’ real motivation in writing this book was not merely to relate lively histories, but to spark in readers a desire for more of the same surrender, obedience, faith, and audacity that was present in these revival firestarters. I would say it succeeds.

The book concludes with this prayer expressing the heart of the authors: “Wake us up. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Send the fire once again. Revive us, transform us, renew us, refresh us in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

A section of Discussion Questions precedes the Endnotes, making this a great choice for Bible study groups or book clubs.

Marina Ireland

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book worth the read!

Reviewed in Canada on November 8, 2021

This is a wonderful book, well documented and extremely interesting. It is a book that is hard to put down and one that challenges us to aspire for more of Him in our lives and those of our families. Read it – you won’t be disappointed.

Dr Leonard Sweet

Dr. Leonard Sweet, former Dr. E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism

A captivating gift of story-telling wrapped in historical exploration and riveting case-studies that brings out multiple elixirs for revival today and ecclesial empowerment. —Dr. Leonard Sweet, best-selling author (Rings of Fire), professor (George Fox University, Evangelical Seminary, Tabor College), and founder of The Salish Sea Press.


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Three more book reviews of God’s Firestarter: Violet Nesdoly, Marina Ireland, & Dr. Leonard Sweet

Three more book reviews of God’s Firestarter. It makes a great Christmas present. You can order the ebook or paperback at https://amzn.to/3vrwibu (Canada)or https://amzn.to/3EcQKAg (USA)

Violet Nesdoly, author and painter

https://violetnesdoly.com/

5.0 out of 5 stars

Entertaining and Inspirational

Reviewed in Canada on November 10, 2021Did you know that Katharina was the one who proposed marriage to Martin Luther, that Charles and John Wesley met with scandal and opposition in America, or that John Newton was a bad-tempered, rebellious alcoholic. Ed and Janice Hird reveal these historical bits and many more in their recently released book God’s Firestarters—Preparing Our Families for Coming Revivals.In twenty fast-paced chapters the Hirds delve into the lives and impact of twenty giants of the Christian faith. These stories span centuries from Katharina Luther (1499-1582) and Susanna Wesley (1669-1742) to the 21st century and Chuck Smith (1927-2013), John Wimber (1934-1997), and J. I. Packer (1926-2020).The accounts are tightly written with the abundant corroboration of a Wikipedia profile (there are a total of 717 endnotes). This is testimony to the rigorous research that has gone into each story. That’s a good thing too, for some of these accounts are almost unbelievable in the way God worked—through unlikely people, doing unlikely things, in unlikely places.Though the stories are interesting and many entertaining, the Hirds’ real motivation in writing this book was not merely to relate lively histories, but to spark in readers a desire for more of the same surrender, obedience, faith, and audacity that was present in these revival firestarters. I would say it succeeds.The book concludes with this prayer expressing the heart of the authors: “Wake us up. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Send the fire once again. Revive us, transform us, renew us, refresh us in Jesus’ name. Amen.”A section of Discussion Questions precedes the Endnotes, making this a great choice for Bible study groups or book clubs.

Marina Ireland

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great book worth the read!Reviewed in Canada on November 8, 2021This is a wonderful book, well documented and extremely interesting. It is a book that is hard to put down and one that challenges us to aspire for more of Him in our lives and those of our families. Read it – you won’t be disappointed.

Dr. Leonard Sweet, former Dr. E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism

A captivating gift of story-telling wrapped in historical exploration and riveting case-studies that brings out multiple elixirs for revival today and ecclesial empowerment. —Dr. Leonard Sweet, best-selling author (Rings of Fire), professor (George Fox University, Evangelical Seminary, Tabor College), and founder of The Salish Sea Press and preachthestory.com1 CommentLikeCommentShare


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Brian Stiller on God’s Firestarters

Brian C. Stiller, global ambassador, the World Evangelical Alliance
5.0 out of 5 stars

I was surprised and informed by these remarkable stories.
Reviewed in Canada on November 6, 2021
This rich collection of “fire starters” lights up one’s imagination for what might take place today, and warms one’s heart to be one in whom it might possibly begin.
https://worldea.org/leader/brian-c-stiller/
Brian Stiller was raised in a minister’s home on the Canadian prairies. His education: Horizon College (Bible diploma), University of Toronto (undergraduate and graduate – Wycliffe College), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (doctoral).Vocationally: staff with Youth for Christ in Canada, including being president; president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada; president of Tyndale University & Seminary. Since July 1, 2011, as Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, a global alliance serving some 600 million evangelical Christians.Stiller is founder and former editor-in-chief of Canada’s national magazine, Faith Today. He hosted a national weekly television program Cross Currents and is the author of numerous books. The most recent, From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: A tour of the spread of Christianity, IVP.His life mission is best capsulated in this biblical text: the Sons of Issachar who assisted King David in rebuilding Israel, were described as those “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (I Chronicles 12:32).Brian and his wife Lily have a son Murray (married to Catherine) and a daughter Muriel (married to Jesse Pascal); and five grandchildren.

Susan Rivers, former Board Member, Anglican Renewal Ministries Canada
Fire Starters is a fascinating collection of short stories about 20 Christian men and women, who dramatically helped change world religious culture. Through their lives and teaching, they caused millions of people living in spiritual darkness, to become children of light.
The very extensive end notes also increased my knowledge about these wonderfully bold Christians. I couldn’t put the book down!

God’s Firestarters can be accessed at Amazon Canada or Amazon.com


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God’s Firestarter Endorsements

God’s Firestarters Endorsements by Heidi McLauglin, Tom Morrison, Stuart Spani, Gordon Dirks, & Rayna Stone

Heidemarie Erika McLaughlin

Amazon book review

5.0 out of 5 stars A Historial Masterpiece

Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2021

Rarely do I find myself so compelled by research and stories of historical giants that I can’t wait to turn the page. I thought I knew a little about Dr. Livingstone, George Whitefield, John and Charles Wesley, Dr. Stanley Jones and more, but the authors Dr. Ed and Janice Hird have made these heroes of the faith come alive. It’s filled with love and romance, along with pain and suffering, and how it can strengthen marriages. It delves into the lives of how ordinary people changed the slave trade, discovered Africa, impacted India, England and impacted the world to know our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. This book is magnificent, filled with Holy Spirit inspired words that will at times make you gasp with sorrow and other times be astounded with amazement and joy. The authors engage us with stories of people whose shoulders we stand on, to give us fire in our own belly to use our ordinary lives to do extraordinary things. If they can do it, so can we. Well done Dr. Ed and Janice Hird, you’ve written your best book yet.

Tom Morrison, Engineer

“Life is difficult,” wrote M. Scott Peck in The Road Less Travelled, (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1978). Nothing could more abundantly express this fact than Ed and Janice Hird’s God’s Firestarters, whose 150 pages trace the biographies of twenty leaders who collectively formed the backbone of the Protestant faith for nearly five hundred years. These twenty heroes – they could not be described in lesser terms – overcame a more complete array of hardships and setbacks than can possibly be imagined – physical and mental illness and injury, hostility, slander, betrayal, persecution, captivity, material loss, bereavement and, not least, those enemies from within — disillusionment, temptation, self-doubt and sheer exhaustion. Challenge in good times, comfort in bad times, it is a privilege to share Ed and Janice’s God’s Firestarters.

Stuart Spani, Film Producer

Stuart Spani, Film Producer

I finished reading your book last night and it is the most enjoyable book I have ever read!!!!
Ever since becoming a Christian, my greatest thrill is hearing of Christ changing lives. A favorite saying of mine, for many years, has been, “if there were half as many sermons and twice as many testimonies, there would be four times as many Christians”. Testimonies make Christians, sermons mature believers.
The two of you have done a superb job of telling the stories of twenty real fire starters. Twenty people who God has used to take literally millions from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.
While almost all of your twenty were great preachers, I believe most of the growth came as the masses saw friends and neighbours lives being transformed. I will be promoting it.
God bless both of you and your work.

Gordon Dirks, minister, politician, educator 

Gordon Dirks

“This incredibly inspiring volume on God’s “Firestarters” powerfully reminds us that God has never stopped doing a new thing on his mission of redemption for the world. Authors Ed and Janice Hird take you behind the scenes and reveal intimate details of the lives of twenty remarkable Christ-followers who changed the world for God and for good. The vignettes of their life stories are replete with remarkable Christian devotion, courage, sacrifice and innovations in ministry which will whet your appetite to seek God for new expressions of Spirit-inspired activity in your own life.

Rayna Stone

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your latest book ”God’s Firestarters”. It gave me a fresh appreciation for the many godly men and women that God has used to revive the church and bring many into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Your stories of these faithful saints will inspire and encourage many.

Well done, good and faithful servants!

Tiny Marais, Area Co-ordinator, Greater Vancouver Healing Rooms

“In a time where this world has been in turmoil and nothing makes sense, this book comes as a reminder of the Power and Love of Almighty God. As you thumb through the history of these ordinary people’s lives, allow the Holy Spirit to Baptise you with the same Pentecostal Fire that each one of them

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Four more Amazon God’s Firestarters endorsements

Neil Bramble, The Word Guild – Surrey Chapter Coordinator

Four More Amazon endorsements of God’s Firestarters
Neil J. Bramble
5.0 out of 5 stars God Stories That Inspire And Make Us Think
Reviewed in Canada on November 5, 2021
“Do you need a dose of spiritual refreshment? Great for daily meditation and personal inspiration, God’s Firestarters will stir your soul and awaken your heart. You will read about the remarkable men and women who give us hope that revival is still possible in our modern tumultuous times.” This short paragraph from Dr. Ed and Janice Hird’s most recent book invites the reader to enter into a new experience of God. The authors’ hope is not that the reader will simply revel in what God has done through remarkable men and women who sparked revival in the past, but kindle their hearts to desire another move of God in our nation in our lifetime.
The twenty men and women featured here represent the many whom God used to spark revival movements and other ministries that far outlived their time on earth. But these chapters differ somewhat from the more familiar biographical profiles in that the authors often focus on people behind the scenes as well as the involvement of and effects on their families.
The stories highlight major challenges, disappointments, opposition, false accusations, disease, and tragic life circumstances that could have moved these stalwarts off course, but didn’t. When you read some of the stories, you’d wonder how one individual could possibly have accomplished all the things they did in several lifetimes, let alone one. The stories are amazing.
This book is a treasure trove of great stories about ordinary people whom God used in unusual ways to accomplish his purposes. It will both fascinate and challenge the reader to think deeply about what God can do with one person fully committed to him.
Neil Bramble, freelance writer and editor
(Full disclosure: I know Ed and Janice personally and am happy to have them as part of our local writers’ group.)

Clyde Spinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Who lit this fire?
Reviewed in Canada on November 3, 2021
In this highly engaging book, Ed and Janice Hird bring to light the extraordinary range of people that God uses to ignite His renewals in the Spirit. Both the strengths and shortcomings of “God’s Firestarters” are realistically presented, without apology. In becoming a “Firestarter” many different paths to surrender are presented, and the book is both a history lesson on Church growth and development as well as a teaching on surrender to God’s will from which we can all benefit. I would strongly recommend this book to those who like me, only have a passing familiarity with Spirit led revivals in the Church.

Jonathan Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Be inspired by lives committed to God
Reviewed in Canada on November 3, 2021
Many of my heroes are presented in this book. The research is presented in flowing syntax and captivating stories. It’s a great book for homeschool curriculum and easy reading. It increases my faith in what God can do when someone is fully committed to Him and His purposes in the world.

Veraanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives vision for what we can be
Reviewed in Canada on October 31, 2021
When I was a young Christian and mother I longed for a book like this. I needed Christians to emulate. This book provides vision for how to walk out faith. It also counters my perfectionism and the guilt that occurs when I don’t get it quite right. Firestarters were used by God despite their humanity. This is good news. Maybe I can bring God’s light into a dark world too. Thank you Ed and Janice.