The Ecstasy of Loving God: Trances, Raptures and the Supernatural Pleasures of Jesus Christ
I know and love John Crowder, however this is no better than the prosperity gospel in a sense that Crowder talks alot about the personal and carnal joy that you feel from God. Yes, there's joy, but if your outlook is "hey let's go get high on Jesus!" then you aren't a Christian for the right reason. Such people are "men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain." (1 Timothy 6:5)
God is not always about the "now." This life is short. We should work toward our future goal which is to ensure our salvation and "work out our salvation with fear and trembling." (Phillippians 2:12)
Not saying you're going to hell for participating in Spiritual Drunkenness or Holy Laughter, but be careful that you still have the fear of the Lord and you hear His voice, and tremble.
Also, Crowder teaches you don't have to do anything for Jesus. If you believe that, then start reading your Bible more, guys. (2 Corinthians 5:9-11)
November 14, 2011
Historic, Biblical, Inspiring, a steak dinner!
This book challenged and inspired me as well as giving me understanding into some of the odd reports I'd heard on Catholic saints. It clarifies the mystical and often passed over side of Christianity that even the internationally renowned prophets either pass over or have yet to see.
I literally re-read chapters and changed my mindset towards many things. This book is at the very least an interesting historical read, and at best a challenge to go deeper into the joy of the Lord.
It is not a hard or technical read, the writing is conversational and well phrased. My 14 yr. old could read it.
The Holy Spirit led me to it. I loved it, re-read the whole book, gave it away and bought another copy and re-read it again.
March 27, 2011
For the courageous Christian who's not afraid to go where God's going, this is a must read. The historic research is phenomenal! The content challenges me to the core. Excellent read.
August 17, 2010