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.
©2012 Jim Cymbala (P)2012 Zondervan
Frequently while listening to this inspired book, I found myself overwhelmed by an awareness of God's closeness. It rekindled a deeper hunger in my life for an active an alive connection with the Spirit of God. It moved me to tears more times than I'd like to admit, and even at the end, what I find myself wanting to do is simply find a quiet place to seek His face.
Library must have
The examples of redeemed souls allowed me to understand the title of the book. Indeed our spirits rise from the depths of despair when we surrender our hearts to Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives.
He is very animated and you can picture the scenes in the stories with your mind's eye. He was clear, concise, and emphatic. Surely, if you had no idea whom the Holy Spirit was you would want to go search for him.
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I have never heard of Jim Cybala and read this on a whim. And I am floored by how powerful and special this book is. It is so tender and true and spirit directed. I promise you that it will build you as a follower of Christ Jesus.
I'm on to the next one by Jim!
I learned many things from the book. There is several stories of real people, sometimes quite graphic, but they add the message in a good way.
This is a good book about Holy Spirit and I think important to all Christians. This book answers well the question why we need Holy Spirit.
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Inspirational, Spiritual and Encouraging
The reminders of how the Holy Spirit works to bring about the best in every situation.
The story of the man who was practically a killer and was turned around by Jesus.
This is a exceptional listen for anyone who loves Jesus. It will inspire you and keep you listening with keen interest. It will remind you that the Holy Spirit is working in wonderful ways.
I will listen to this audiobook again and again and again, I learned so much abut the Holy Spirit, Pastor Cymbala has a vast knowledge of the Holy Spirit and the arrangement of the chapters were right on time.
I brought this listen to understand more and I got more then i expected.
Honestly this is a one of a kind. I brought books on the Holy Spirit before this one and I returned one and the others were just ok.
Absolutely, his knowledge, and his storytelling skills simply was enjoyable..
Yes, but I didn't have that kind of time, but I did it in 2 sittings.
If you are looking to learn about the Holy Spirit, His illustrations, His power and glory this is the listen.
Excellent and powerful motivating convicting and truthful read! I recommend everyone read this book. It is extremely excellent and God honoring.
Loved the story but the reading is just annoying...it sounds like he kept trying to catch his breath after each sentence.
Sometimes it's better for authors to just pay someone else to read their book!
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