PUBLICATION DATE: MARCH 1, 2012
rue to its purpose, “Encounter the Holy Spirit” provides an introduction to the nature and work of the Holy Spirit to new and young Christians. The easy-to-follow exercises and prayers will help readers understand more completely how the Holy Spirit works and also help them develop His gifts in their lives.
By including Scripture verses at the end of each chapter, Morgan backs up her teachings and assertions. To her credit, she emphasizes more than once that the work of the Holy Spirit is different in each Christian’s life and not to become frustrated if they see others receive the works differently.
Morgan goes into great detail about the gift of tongues, a gift many people believe are irrelevant today. She gives detailed instructions on how to advance this gift which gave me mixed feelings. Having been raised in a church that didn’t talk about the gift of tongues at all, I am sometimes skeptical, but Morgan’s explanations and guide to this particular gift offers perspective to an otherwise controversial subject among Christians.
She also goes into detail about the gifts of knowledge, prophecy, miracles and healing with a chapter devoted to each one and two to prophecy. Only one chapter is included dealing with other gifts such as hospitality, faith, and service. It would have been more helpful if Morgan had gone into more depth on all of the gifts of the Spirit instead of the more coveted gifts. For someone who knows so much about the work and nature of the Holy Spirit, she would have studied all of the gifts. I think she should have included at least three chapters devoted to the other giftings of the Spirit.
Using examples from her own life and some testimonials from others makes “Encounter the Holy Spirit” more personable and readable. She doesn’t speak in a lofty tone or assert that any one gifts, particularly her own, are better than anyone else’s. Her openness is an invitation for others to learn from her.
The last chapter is an invitation to an adventure in prayer and how to open yourself up to a prayer ministry. It’s the best chapter of the book and a great way to end a book about the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
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