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Best Pentecostal/Charismatic Books on the Holy Spirit

I promise this to be the last post on the issue of the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement and the Holy Spirit.  This blog is not a blog that focuses on these issues and even we Arminians don’t fully agree on these issues.  Some Arminians are Pentecostals while many are not.  I myself was raised in the Assemblies of God (Royal Rangers and all!) and was saved in an A/G church in 1992.  I even was in full-time ministry for about 10 years in the Assemblies of God so I know much about being a Pentecostal.

The following are books that I have read from a Pentecostal-Charismatic perspective on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.  I found it ironic that Dr. John MacArthur stated at The Strange Fire Conference that charismatics have not offered any theological works to the Church.  I would disagree.  The following books would show that if they are read and studied.  These books are not placed in any given order.

1.  What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit by Stanley Horton.  A classic A/G book on the Spirit that once was required reading for all A/G students.  Dr. Horton remains one the greatest Pentecostal scholars in history.

2.  The Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Perspective by Anthony Palma.  A great book that focuses on the doctrine of the Spirit.  Palma’s chapters on the baptism in the Spirit and on his comparison of Ezekiel 36:25-27 with Joel 2:28-32 is worth reading.

3.  Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere.  Deere, a former Dallas Theological Seminary professor, writes a defense for the sign gifts in this book.  One of the best books I have ever read that deals with cessationism.

4.  The Gift of Prophecy by Wayne Grudem.  One of the most attacked books by cessationists.  This book focuses on what the Bible teaches about prophecy and how God can use it today.  A well written book.

5.  What Meaneth This by Carl Brumback.  Brother Brumback is best remembered for his book on the Trinity against the Oneness Pentecostals but this book focuses on the issue of speaking in tongues.  Brumback argues not just for the gift of tongues but also the initial, physical evidence of the baptism in the Spirit.

6.  Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?  4 Views edited by Wayne Grudem.  This book allows four major views on the gifts of the Spirit.  Dr. Sam Storms writes for the charismatics and Dr. Douglas Oss for the Pentecostals.  A very good book that I have read three times already.

7.  The Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Interpretation by L. Thomas Holdcroft.  This book is an excellent introduction to the Pentecostal teaching on the Spirit.  While very much evangelical (except the chapter on Spirit-Baptism), the book is well written.

8.  Spiritual Gifts: A Fresh Look by David Lim.  The commentary on the gifts of the Spirit is standard Pentecostal but what makes this book worth reading is Dr. Lim’s exegesis on 1 Corinthians 12-14.  His commentary on 1 Corinthians 14 is very well done.

9.  The Speaking in Tongues Controversy by Rick Walston.  A well written and thought out book on the issue of speaking in tongues in regard to the baptism in the Spirit.  Dr. Walston’s book will challenge you if you hold to speaking in tongues as the initial, physical evidence.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/21/2013 at 10:31 AM

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  1. I have or had books 1, 2, 5, and 7 of those that you listed. I also have and would recommend: Gordon D. Fee’s God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, Pentecostal Experience: The Writings of Donald Gee compiled and selected by David A. Womack, William W. and Robert P. Menzies’ Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience, and J. Rodman Williams’ Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective.

    My parents were pastors with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, I attended one of its Bible colleges, and I spent my working life teaching in Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland schools. The PAOC and PAONL are sister denominations to the Assemblies of God. Now retired, I attend a PAONL church.

    I follow Arminian Today and am glad that you’ve resumed posting regularly at it.

    Bob Hunter

    10/22/2013 at 1:01 AM

    • Trying to find balance. Enjoy blogging but obviously my family and other duties must come first. Thank for your edification.


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