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The Wink of Faith

Bill Volkman

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ISBN 10: 1889870072 / ISBN 13: 9781889870076
Published by Union Life Ministries, Inc., 1988
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Title: The Wink of Faith

Publisher: Union Life Ministries, Inc.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 2.

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This is a book about a person's life long search for the meaning of life. In this book, retired Wheaton College law professor Bill Volkman traces for us the ways by which, like a totally dedicated mountain climber, he scaled peak after peak of further spiritual enlightenment, finding that only Mount Everest would satisfy. But there is a Mount Everest, and he found it: it is the privileged possession of every Christian, though in fact only a few experience it. He says: "It is high time for Christians to rise up and see themselves as fully equipped, perfect sons of God 5whole and holy. The sin consciousness, the self-condemnation and the self-belittling so prevalent in evangelical circles today needs to be replaced by a new recognition of our full inheritance in Christ. With this recognition will come the wink of faith. Weak as we are in the flesh, we never forget to live and operate as gods. Strong as we are in Spirit, we never forget that we are only containers an! d expressors of God. He is forever the Vine and we are the branches; He is the Living Water and we are the vessels. Though we say we are manifested forms of God we never confuse the form with the Reality -- we never confuse the earthen vessel with the Treasure within. So we ever live with the wink of faith -- a wink of knowing that we are one with God -- a wink of knowing that ' have this Treasure [Christ] in earthen vessels Bill not only gives us in his down-to-earth way the explicit details of his own pilgrimage from the wilderness to the promised land, but he makes use of his keen business and legal mind, enlightened by the Spirit and steeped in the Scriptures, to go much farther. Paul called it his ultimate ministry to the body of Christ: to present everyone perfect [complete] in Christ Jesus." Bill tells us just what he discovered, putting in his own words what he has personally learned from the writings of Peter, Paul, James and John. This book is filled with much good n! ews for the hard-working, for the guilt-ridden, for the disheartened. Written from an entirely evangelical perspective, it is the personal experience of the quintessential 20th century protestant Christian.

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Born in 1925 in the western suburbs of Chicago to an immigrant German family, Bill Volkman is the youngest of three brothers (one is his twin). After four years as an instructor of navigation in Naval Aviation in World War 2, and five years at Northwestern University Business and Law Schools, he started his career as a tax attorney with a national accounting firm in Chicago. His training to be a CPA and attorney opened a wide range of doors in the years that followed -- including ten years as an Associate Professor of Business and Economics at Wheaton College (Illinois), a private law and accounting practice, as well as broad experience as a real estate broker, insurance broker, general contractor and real estate developer. Raised in a family of devout Baptists, Bill' s early years were filled with family prayer, Bible study, church attendance and evangelism. His search for a deep and meaningful religious life took him on a journey that included a number of years as a charismatic, followed by a few more years with a ministry that developed an intensive system of Scriptural principles to live by. When these principles proved as inadequate as anything else he' d tried to live by, Bill discovered that the essential truth of the Gospel that he had for so long proclaimed was simply " Christ in you, the hope of glory." Thrilled with this new insight of the Christian' s union with Christ, in 1974 Bill immediately began the bi-monthly " Union Life" magazine to share this liberating secret. In 1983 he published his first book, " Wink of Faith," chronicling his story up to that time. It went into a second printing in 1988. Over the next few years, Bill's experience of reading, writing and publishing from the deeper-Christian life perspective led him to the writings of the people of faith throughout the ages, especially those from the contemplative tradition. In 1990, he found in the works of the monastics what he had always been seeking: the promise of intimacy with the creator God, an awareness of his belovedness, a new way of seeing, and the gradual healing of his soul. The vehicle for this was the simple prayer of silence -- contemplative prayer -- which he immediately made his daily practice. In 1995 Bill felt it was time to begin work on his second book, " Basking in His Presence" -- to share, from his new perspective, the good news of s unconditional love. This book reveals that, until 1990, Bill had never grasped that the Gospel was intended to be experiential -- that he could know God intimately, and know that God loved him unconditionally. Through the simple faith practice of silent prayer this man who had sought God all his life discovered what he had been seeking.

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