There is a cost in following Christ, and like his Swiss-German predecessors, Amish-born Steve Lapp has undergone persecution and slander for his willingness to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. Excommunicated from the Amish church in 2006, and spurned by the community in which he grew up, Steve Lapp and his family know firsthand how severe the price can be.
This Friday’s feature is the faith-building, eye-opening book The Glory Path by Steve Lapp. After a farming accident in 1999 crushed his pelvis, Steve was taken to the hospital where he first learned of the intricacies of the human body. This in turn led him to meditating on the Body of Christ, and how members suffer that are not under subjection to the Head – Christ. After much prayer by those around him, the dark forecasts of the doctors, as well as predicted hip replacements never happened. Instead, Lapp grew better and stronger, until he was finally able to walk without even the aid of a cane.
This accident and subsequent miraculous healing opened a channel in Lapp of hunger for knowledge of God and of His power. And God did not disappoint. In a journey that has included supernatural occurrences, international trips to destinations such as Iraq and Israel, deliverance, and the reconciliation between many in the Mennonite and Amish communities, Lapp recounts his adventures with the God of the universe in a very simple but thrilling narrative.
The Glory Path will inspire you to believe for more of the Lord, as well as contend for healing and deliverance for those whom you love. For me personally, after reading what Lapp’s groups accomplished in toppling demonic strongholds over Newark, NJ (murder capital of the U.S.) I was inspired more than ever to bless my town and see it glorified.