Cessationism and Sensationalism are the words she uses to describe the modern Christian Churches views on miracles. Cessationism she says, are those that teach/believe "dramatic" miracles have ceased in our day. Sensationalism teaches/believes that "the whole point of belief is miracles." Though Beth suggests geography and generations may be the explanation to a lack of multitude of miracles, she points out that since compassion was a motivator of Christ to perform miracles in certain stories in the New Testament, Beth thinks it's quite possible the church's lack of faith is the second explanation for a lack of miracles being seen in our neck of the world.
Beth lets the reader know that God can do what He says He can do. The following quotes from Chapter 5 are what lead me to believe she is desperate for our generation to believe in the Savior of the Bible and miracles do happen.
"…no one, no matter how brilliant, persuasive, or credentialed, should have the right to take away our hope." (p.61) This coming from a brilliant, persuasive and credentialed gal herself! :)
"I am utterly convinced that any no an earnestly seeking child of God receives from the Throne is for the sake of a greater yes, whether realized on earth or in heaven." (p.61&62)
"Sometimes the greater miracle may be abundant life, redemption, ministry, and exceeding harvest after a no we felt we wouldn't survive. If you dare to believe and you don't get your miracle, God has a greater one planned..If what you desperately need or deeply desire is founded in the Word of God, don't let anyone tell you that God can't…or that He undoubtedly won't." (p.62)
What hit home for me was a question she posed towards the end of the chapter. If a lack of miracles is due to our lack of believing God when He says He can do what He says, "Can you imagine the tragedy of all we could miss?" This doesn't just apply to our past but to our present! Instead of looking at our failure at believing God will come through for us whether in a way we want or in His way, we have the daily opportunity to believe in our God and that He will do what He says He can do: He can even adjust our expectations of Him and how He should answer our requests. At least that is what He has been teaching me lately. Instead of a heart that screams and yells at Him to bring me to a job He is changing my heart to follow His lead and love Him with all my heart, mind and strength on a day to day basis. God is doing the impossible and the unseen in my life and though I'm not getting what I want, He is doing more in my heart than the things I desire could ever do for me, and I want more of Him changing me than the best job in the world.
I would like to leave you with this final word from Beth, which implores us to change the way we see the possible.
"We must cease to accept the visible as the possible and start believing what God says over what man sees." (p.64)