Sunday, September 4, 2016

Everyday Supernatural by Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft

It is possible for all followers of Jesus to see God's supernatural power at work everyday, the authors write. We often miss out because we don't understand that much of what God does comes in the ordinary events of each day.

The authors are convinced it should be normal for believers to hear God speak, exercise spiritual gifts, and see the Holy Spirit at work. They have given us biblical teaching and practical guidelines in this book to help make those experiences every day.

I like their emphasis on the glory of God as why we would pursue the supernatural. We are to be looking for a revelation of God's love, not something spectacular. It is God's goodness, mercy, and compassion that is in evidence as He cares for people. We are reminded that love is always to be our aim. I like their emphasis on having a relationship with Jesus rather than having power from Jesus. Recognizing and living in God's presence is essential. It is what distinguishes us in the world.

The authors write about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, how to pray in the spirit, how to hear God speak, the importance of obedience, seeing God work in our weakness, the role of faith, and understanding and using the gifts of the Spirit.

One strong point of this book is the experiences the authors' share. Their spiritual encounters with the Holy Spirit and His gifts are very different. That's really encouraging to readers who think their experience must match some ideal. There are also illustrations from Bible characters included.

The authors point out that the Bible shows that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers. They help us understand how to maintain a fullness of the Spirit. They write about the necessity of stilling our hearts, giving practical suggestions. I appreciate that the authors end their book with a chapter on perseverance. They include good suggestions for when we might feel like quitting.

This is a good book for Christians who want to understand more about the Holy Spirit and His role in our lives. Yes, the authors write about speaking in tongues and the other gifts of the Spirit. Their emphasis is very much on the glory of God as the end result of our ministry. Even those hesitant about spiritual gifts will find sensible and inspiring teaching here. I highly recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Mike Pilavachi is the founder and public face of the UK's biggest Christian youth event, Soul Survivor, and senior pastor of the Soul Survivor church in Watford, North London. He is a popular international speaker and the author of several books.
Andy Croft is a twenty-something with a first class theology degree from Cambridge University. He's associate director of Soul Survivor Ministries and spends much of his time exploring the Bible with young people.

David C Cook, 240 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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