I read this book along with doing the DVD Series Study by Cymbala called "When God's Spirit Moves"! The book enhanced the study and went deeper into the testimonies and explanations. Wonderful BOOK, wonderful STUDY! Both were such a blessing to our Tuesday Morning Bible Study Group here in North Carolina!
It is unfortunate that there aren't more churches that are experiencing the working of the Holy Spirit in their ministry. I believe we are grieving the Holy Spirit in not commiting ourselves to Him and the result of such a commitment is what is evident in the work of the Brooklyn Tabernacle as todl in thus book.
The book is good, and the subject matter is of my utmost interest, butI find it hard to stay focussed and some parts are repetitive which makes th ebook too long. the subjec matter is very good indeed..but the book is too long for me I think and it is taking me a long time to get through it..to keep my attention. Sorry
Looking for a book to read one day, on Christianbook.com, I happened to see Spirit Rising was on special. I thought: "Oh neat, a book on the Holy Spirit. I've always wanted to learn more about that." (since in most Christian circles the talk is usually about Jesus or God, but not on the Holy Spirit.) I ordered it, because I wanted to learn more on a subject I admit I'm not as experienced in as I probably should be. When I received this book, I thought an endorsement from Francis Chan was especially interesting so I began reading Jim Cymbala's book.
Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit is a book, which as you probably are able to imagine it is, about the Holy Spirit. Jim opens the book on expressing a thought which I expressed earlier in this review: various Christian circles neither understand nor talk enough about the role of The Holy Spirit and that needs to change. The meat of the focus for Mr. Cymbala's book is The Holy Spirit, his church in Brooklyn, and testimonies from a few of his own parishioners. Does Jim speak of The Holy Spirit in a heretical way? And how insightful is Mr. Cymbala's book concerning The Holy Spirit? Spirit Rising does a good job getting started on helping a Christian become more in tune with The Holy Spirit, but it is a light dusting of the surface readers are craving.
I am glad Mr. Cymbala did not promote anything heretical within his book, because the very phrase: "Tapping into the power of The Holy Spirit" is a risky phrase some might misinterpret as a piece of lingo from the heretical Immergant Church movement. I also appreciate the testimonies his parishioners gave for Spirit Rising, because some are very inspiring to read. My favorite testimony to read was concerning the woman immigrant from Latin America; though at times sad the ending is encouraging. Though these things are good, I also felt there could have been more to this book, because there were some unanswered questions... The book seems primarily focused more on trying to convince you into agreeing The Holy Spirit is a neglected teaching and ought to be further pursued through the example of his church in New York, rather THAN actually teaching you things about The Holy Spirit itself... Though I learned some things while reading Mr. Cymbala's book, I was a little disappointed that time was more spent on talking about Brooklyn Tabernacle than The Holy Spirit itself...