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Simon Holley: Sustainable Power

Holley deals openly, honestly, and compassionately with the real issues and questions that Christians have with regard to the supernatural power of God.

This book is not a “how to book” in the sense of doing a number of things in a prescribed order so that you can attain a desired result. The author sets forth truth and principles, that if acted upon, can help move a church down the road toward ministering in the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. How the material presented will be applied in each church or individual will vary from place to place as the needs will be different in different places. One of the most important truths presented in this book is the importance of the presence of God. Holley is clear that we need to seek God’s presence and make room for it. After all God is the one doing the work, He is just working through His people.

This book is very pastoral; Holley deals openly, honestly, and compassionately with the real issues and questions that Christians have with regard to the supernatural power of God. The supernatural, in the sense of healing and miracles, is “uncharted” territory in many churches. Getting started down this uncharted path can be a daunting thought, particularly if you do not have much of an idea about how to proceed. This book can be a help in that regard. In this volume one can learn from those who have already started down the path. For churches that have already started the journey perhaps they can glean some new insights from this book. You may not agree with everything you find in this book but you can certainly learn from it. The author admits that he does not write as one who has arrived but that his church has seen progress in salvations, healings, prophecy, and deliverance (page 12). These are areas that I trust all churches would like to see improvement in. May it be so Lord!

Reviewed by John Lathrop


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Category: Ministry, Spring 2016

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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