Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Two Books on the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

By Charles Ryrie

Charles Ryrie’s writing on the Holy Spirit offers Christians a balanced, informative, biblical book about a subject that is often neglected, misunderstood or controversial. The Holy Spirit, he maintains and I agree, “is the solution to the problems in the church today.” The Holy Spirit “is the antidote for every error, the power for every weakness, the victory for every defeat, the supply for every need, and the answer for every question.” Pg 11

All Christians have the Holy Spirit. “We do not need to have more of Him, but we do desperately need to know more of Him and with the increased knowledge will come added faith, power, and control in our lives.” Pg 12

Through out the book Ryrie explains in careful detail the role the Holy Spirit played in the life of Jesus and should play in our lives today. This 202 page book is one to read and refer to over and over for inspiration, answers to questions and practical ways to walk in the light of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit can lead readers to a deeper faith that changes lives.

Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit

By Jim Cymbala

This is an excellent book on the Holy Spirit. Many will recall Cymbala’s book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire in which he details the beginning of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church which was birthed in prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit. The results since then are a powerful testimony to how God has used Cymbala to bring many to Christ with transformed lives in the heart of Brooklyn and beyond. As in his other books, Cymbala focuses this book (and his life and ministry) on the power of prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit as revealed in Scripture. 

The book is divided into three parts. In Part 1 he describes and defines the Holy Spirit and gives a beautiful story of the Spirit’s power in the life of one person in his congregation. Part 2 describes the movement of the Holy Spirit giving the reader clear ways to recognize and nurture the spirit. Two real life stories are also included. In Part 3 Cymbala defines what happens when we surrender to the Holy Spirit, again with two real life stories.

This is a powerful, inspiring book by a humble man of God. I will read Spirit Rising over again to help me continually surrender my own life to the Spirit’s leading.

“You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you.” 1 John 2:27

Blessings, Dottie

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