This book is easy to read and very inspiring. I like the many examples and testimonies that make it applicable in practice. Seldom have I read a book on devine healing that was so practical and easy to use. It is as titled a guide to start this journey into supernatural healing but also for those who have a lot of experience in this area.
A must read for all pastors and laymen who pursue this heavenly lifestyle!
According to the authors, this book was written to encourage readers that God could use them to pray for the sick and see healings take place.
The authors write that they have cried out to God in private and have taken risks in public and by using that simple method, they have seen many healings take place in their ministries. They share several testimonies of what has happened before, during and after these healings and also offer a five-step prayer model for those who want to learn to pray for the sick.
I have to be honest - I walked away from this book conflicted and uncomfortable because some of the overtones towards "denominational" beliefs come off a bit arrogant.
I would hope it wasn't intentionally written to come across that way, but the general insinuation of this book is that denominational churches and their erroneous belief systems have led to the demise of healing amongst the church body. I also had some issues with the way the gifts of the Spirit were written about, (mainly words of knowledge). Based on my reservations about this book, I would not be able recommend it.
This book was authored by Pastors Bill Johnson and Randy Clark. Each wrote practical and experiential understanding and knowledge about the ministry of healing. The book is divided into three sections. The first section begins with a synopsis of each pastors experience in the healing ministry. For the next three chapters of the book, the pastors write about the Scriptural basis for healing in this present church age, including a delineation of the spiritual gifts necessary to function in a healing ministry. The section ends with a discussion of the believer's authority to minister to the sick. The third, and final section, may be of the most interest to those readers who are already convinced of the need for believers to function in that spiritual gift. Hence, the final section of the book promises to be the most interesting for the more spiritually mature believer as it presumably deals with the actual practice of healing. However, the final chapter, on the five-step prayer model, proved to be the most practical chapter in the entire book.
The Essential Guide to Healing may be a good introductory reference book for the spiritually immature believer, who knows little (or nothing) about the healing ministry. It may be a bit of a disappointment to a more seasoned believer who already understands their scriptural authority to heal, as well as the gifts necessary to minister to the afflicted.
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I think this book is a really helpful tool, very practical. It really is the Healing Guide for Dummies!!! I found the beginners level instruction very helpful. Coming from a evangelical background, with no charismatic experiences or knowledge, this book really helped me start praying for the sick, in faith.
I must say, I find the Bookreader impractical. It loads and opens to the page listing all your books from Christian Book.com. That is a real bummer. You're reading a book, want to check the bible reference and come back to the book, and what do you have to do...reload the reader and rechoose the book you're reading and let it reload. Not the most convenient.
If you have a passion to see more of the love and power of God in your life and your church, then this book is for you. Randy Clark and Bill Johnson provide a biblically centered guide for the supernatural lifestyle that is the inheritance of every follower of Jesus Christ. Their ministries of healing the sick are evidence that the miracles of First Century Christianity have not come to an end. Pastors Bill and Randy are committed to sharing with the rest of us what God has given them; calling the church back to a ministry of power that draws the hearts of the people to God, heals bodies, and sets people free by the work of the Holy Spirit. I am grateful to them both for their efforts to equip the church for a life of miracles. What is different about this book compared to so many others written about healing ministry is that you can read this book today and begin praying for the sick tomorrow with a keen understanding of the reasons why healing ministry is so important for the present-day church. It contains all you need to get started.
In all my years of study at Fuller Seminary in preparation for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and in my work for my D.Min., I have seen no one deal with the Scriptures more faithfully than Randy Clark and Bill Johnson. This book is going to have a powerful influence on the Church of Jesus Christ throughout the world for years to come.