If you could describe your walk with God as shallow, unexciting, powerless, empty or dull- then you need to read “Word, Spirit, Power”- immediately. The first chapter, (R.T. Kendall’s self-introduction) is something of a dry start, though you’ll come to appreciate his academic tone. If by chance it doesn’t grow on you, but you long to see the power of God in the church today, and in your own life in particular, just push through – it will be more than worth it. Kendall teaches on the importance of knowing God’s Word, while Charles Carrin teaches out of his unique experience on the importance of understanding the work of the Holy Spirit and the need for the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life. Jack Taylor concludes with the section on Power – the outcome of a life lived in the Word and in the Spirit. You will discover each author’s reverence for Scripture and ability to teach profoundly yet convey the message plainly. That bears repeating: you don’t have to be a seminary student to appreciate the depth of teaching – these men are remarkably good at keeping it simple. Though each writer shares a good deal from his own experiences, this is NOT a book full of experiential claims loosely supported by random Scripture verses. It is a challenging, thought-provoking, and humbly presented call to lay down your pride, your ego, possibly your doctrine, and probably the qualifications and pre-conditions you (knowingly or not) attach to your prayer for more of God, so that you truly can be filled with the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit. I am convinced that the message in “Word, Spirit, Power” could be a catalyst for phenomenal individual and corporate revival. If I could, I would put this book into the hands of every Christian I know and I unreservedly recommend that you read it. I am absolutely confident that God will use the message in this book powerfully in your life. Be warned, upon reading it you will find areas of disbelief, doubt, and pride that you didn’t know were there, lurking within you. As a result you may find yourself on your face before God in repentance and desperation – but can you think of any better place to be?
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