Monday, February 25, 2008

Signs of the Spirit

Here is a good book about how Jonathan Edwards understood the revival manifestations of the Holy Spirit during the Great Awakening. Storm's insights and clarifications were very helpful to me in putting together the section on Jonathan Edwards in Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church.

The links will take you to the Amazon page where you can preview this book through their "Search Inside" feature.

Signs of the Spirit:
An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards' Religious Affections

by Sam Storms

"Jonathan Edwards’s treatise Religious Affections is widely considered the most important and accurate analysis of religious experience ever written.

Unfortunately, many well-intentioned readers sit down with Religious Affections, only to give up in frustration over Edwards’s lofty style and complex argumentation.

For this reason Sam Storms, one of evangelicalism’s experts on Edwards, has attempted to bridge the gap between how Edwards said what he did in the eighteenth century and how he might say it today. In Signs of the Spirit he articulates the substance of Edwards’s arguments in a more understandable way. The point is not to “dumb down” Jonathan Edwards but to make his work accessible to a wider audience.

This volume serves those both in and outside the academic realm as valuable preparation for, or as a companion guide to, a reading of Edwards’s Religious Affections.

Sam Storms is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a former pastor and professor, including his time as visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College (2000-2004). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. Storms is the author of several books, including The Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Gifts. He and his wife, Ann, have two daughters and one grandson."

—from the publisher's book description

1 comment:

preacherman said...

I want to thank you for this recommendation. I have a testimony about how the Holy Spirit ahs worked in my life. I am a minister in the church of Christ. About six months ago I came down with GBS a disease that effects you central nervous system and your suppose to die. As I was in the hospital I gave my life completely over to the will of God. I mean completely, in every aspect. One of the nurses aids came in my room about 2:30 or 3:00 a.m. and said can I pray with you? I of course said, yes. I place his hand on my head and prayed Psalm 103:1-3 "Mentioning that God is a God that heals all of inquities and diseases." I felt from his hands a warm power, supernatural power being released that I have never felt before. It strengthened my weak side of my body. I cried and praised God and he left. A couple of days later he came in my room and I asked him to pray with me. He placed his hand on my head and the other on my chest. He prayed for generational curses to be broken, for financial freedom to take place in my life, for the Holy Spirit and salvation come into my life and as he did I felt the supernatural warmth that I had felt before. I was burning through and moving through my chest. Tears were coming out of my eyes. I felt like I was getting stronger and stronger. I felt like God was going to take care of every aspect of my life. After he finished the prayer I felt so close to God. Like never before. I was crying and I don't know why. I feel so free. No guilt what so ever. Over the next few day's everything he prayed for come to fruition. God bless me financially with a medical fund to take care of all my medical needs and expenses. The relationship with my children was strengthen and renewed. My wife loved and cared for me more than she ever had in life. Over the next few months I learned how to walk again. God can do more than we can ever imagaine in our lives. He is our strength. He is our love, peace and comfort in life. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit and this man who took the time to use His Spiritual gift on my life to make a difference in the Kingdom of God. I pray that God will bless you both in the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ as you minister to His Church and make a difference in the Kingdom of God.