I was challenged and excited reading No Well-Worn Paths by Terry Virgo. This book is autobiographical, describing all that comes out of his simple longing for a deep, intimate relationship with God. As a young Christian, Terry was dissatisfied with not truly experiencing the power of God in his life. Encouraged by Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones to ‘keep on asking, keep on seeking and keep on knocking’, he was soon baptised in the Holy Spirit. Contrary to strict reformed teaching Terry realised that it is actually biblical for churches to delight in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12 and 14) as well as in preaching and teaching the Word of God. He writes in a very gracious and loving way about those early days of the charismatic movement, and the reactions from some of the more traditional reformed churches.
It is exciting to read how God used Terry to found Newfrontiers, a growing family of reformed charismatic churches dedicated to seeing God’s Kingdom come in the UK and the nations. This is the fascinating journey of a man and a movement’s solid faith in a big God. No Well-Worn Paths clearly illustrates time and time again that God is able to do far more than all we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3), if we are only willing to trust Him and be used by Him.
I personally found Terry’s account of the ‘Toronto Blessing’ of the 1990s insightful. From a strict reformed background myself, I had always mistakenly thought of the Toronto Blessing in a very negative way. But Terry gives a clear eye-witness account of its beginnings which was helpful; it was truly a movement of God.
If you are looking for a modern autobiographical book guaranteed to stimulate faith and to stir up a passion for God, then No Well-Worn Paths is for you. It also contains some amazing prophecies for the UK Church….