Award-winning author and Brooklyn Tabernacle pastor Jim Cymbala combines biblical insights about the work of the Spirit with powerful stories of how the Spirit is moving today in order to help readers experience more of the Spirit’s power and presence in their lives.
For some of us being a Christian is harder than it should be. Discouraged, anxious, worn down, we wonder what happened to the power and the joy that Jesus promised. Jim Cymbala believes that many of us are missing something vital. Christianity, he says, for even the best-intentioned person or church, is impossible without the Holy Spirit. You can have regular devotions, great preaching, a strong emphasis on the Bible, a great worship team, and a congregation that is trying, but if you aren’t vitally in touch with God’s Spirit, you are missing out on the life God has for you. The Holy Spirit, he points out, is God’s agent on earth. Yet he is the least understood, least preached about, and least discussed member of the Trinity. That is sad, because without him, our spiritual lives will always become dry, mechanical, and a struggle. Too often, the body of Christ is divided into two sides. One side stresses the Word of God, separating itself from what it views as the emotional fanaticism often linked to those emphasizing the Holy Spirit. The other side is sometimes known for drifting into unbiblical manifestations and unorthodox teaching while attributing it all to the Spirit of God. But the Christianity we see in Scripture is both grounded in the Word and full of the Spirit. With stunning stories of how God is working in the lives of people and churches today and biblical teaching about the Holy Spirit, Jim Cymbala invites you to experience God in a fresh and vital way. Nothing else will change our prayer life, our study of God’s word, and our worship more than opening our hearts to the Spirit. If we want power, confidence, joy, peace, and more love in our lives, then we need a better understanding of how and why the Spirit moves so we can join him there.
About The Author:
Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of many bestselling titles, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith and Fresh Power; and curricula, including When God’s People Pray and When God’s Spirit Moves, which is linked to Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol Cymbala, who directs the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
Spirit Rising is a wonderful look at the work of the Holy Spirit and how important this part of the Trinity is in our lives as Christians. The book is very easy to read, and covers many miraculous experiences that only the Holy Spirit could be a part of.
The power of the Holy Spirit in our lives is a topic that many Christians, young and old, have had trouble comprehending, yet Cymbala writes in a way that shows his passion for teaching about the Holy Spirit and gives us an understanding we may not have had previous to reading Spirit Rising. I really enjoyed the numerous stories he told throughout the book, particularly his heart's cry for Pakistan and the miracles that have happened through the prayer of himself and his church.
The Holy Spirit truly is alive and working today and you will be encouraged and challenged to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life as you read this book.
I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up.
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