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Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Creation House
Publication Date: 2010
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In Understanding the Holy Spirit, author and psychologist Dr. Brenda Rambo presents a comprehensive description of the function and purpose of the Holy Spirit and the role He has played in biblical and modern history. This book supplies readers who are hungry for a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit and His gifts with a clear and Scripture-based explanation of how the most overlooked person of the Trinity can be a valuable source of power for the believer and a gateway to experiencing an enhanced relationship with God the Father and Jesus, His Son.
Dr. Brenda Rambo is the president of Life Transformations, Inc., a ministry that focuses on activating prayer for the government (national, state, and local) and those in need, calling intercessors to stand and fight for our nation in prayer. Dr. Rambo received her doctorate in human development counseling from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and is a licensed psychologist/health service provider. She is the president of Rambo and Associates, PLLC, a successful private practice working with men and women, children and teenagers, couples and families. She has been a full-time assistant graduate professor with a large southern university, a workshop and retreat speaker, and has lectured nationally and internationally.
Annie3 Stars Out Of 5TRUTH OR OPINION?July 25, 2015AnnieQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2My opinion: Chapters one through three are excellent. Chapter four is also very good .... until I got to the end of the chapter in which Dr Rambo addresses praying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I wish she had omitted "You may feel a warm heat flood your body. It may feel like warm oil being poured out upon you ... you may experience the cloud of His glory". "The cloud of His glory"? What exactly is that? Yes, you MAY experience a feeling of warm heat flooding your body after praying for the baptism of the Holy Spirit; but her style of writing changes. She had been sharing the truth of God's Word, but she suddenly changes over to her interpretation of Scripture through her own personal experiences and she borders on what could be misunderstood as mysticism. A new believer could be misled. She writes of churches that hinder the work of the Holy Spirit by limiting speaking in tongues. My observation: There comes a point where churches have become like a three ring circus in their "permitting the Holy Spirit to do His work". Maybe it's because I've been "turned off" by my experience with people who have supposedly been filled with the Holy Spirit and they're rolling in the aisles, barking like dogs, roaring like lions. How does this edify the Church? Does Dr Rambo condone this behavior? It becomes unclear what she means by "hindering the work of the Holy Spirit".
When someone sincerely asks for the infilling of the Holy Spirit, why would God sometimes say "no"; yet she implies this by writing "If you do not receive the baptism, continue to ask and seek until you do receive". She puts so much emphasis on speaking in tongues as evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit that a new believer could become anxious if their spirit language doesn't start flowing from their mouth. Speaking in tongues becomes something like an initiation into the REAL life with the Spirit and "if you don't got it, you ain't there yet". Even though I myself can speak in tongues it doesn't make me a higher-up Christian than someone who hasn't spoken in tongues. I am one of those Christians who doesn't believe that you have to speak in tongues to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I wouldn't DARE confront a confirmed follower of the Lord and powerful Christian with words of "you can't POSSIBLY be filled with the Holy Spirit if you don't speak in tongues". That's a good way of creating division in the body of Christ. Speaking in tongues is ONE of the manifestations of being filled with the Holy Spirit, but it's not a requirement. There are MANY manifestations of the fullness of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues is one of them. Read 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11. "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit FOR THE COMMON GOOD" and "All these (gifts of the Holy Spirit) are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each individually as he wills". (ESV) The notes in my Bible say that Paul probably placed the last two gifts (speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues) at the end of the list because an overemphasis on tongues in Corinth had led to the neglect of the other gifts.
So, in conclusion, for the most part "Understanding the Holy Spirit" is a good book, but I wouldn't recommend it to a new believer who might be misled by Dr Rambo's opinion that those people who believe that speaking in tongues is not necessary "don't understand the power God wants to release in their lives through their supernatural language". In other words, she's saying that if you don't speak in tongues, you haven't received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In my humble opinion, she's wrong.
Linda Tidwell5 Stars Out Of 5August 25, 2010Linda TidwellIf you are seeking more of the Lord and more power in the Holy Spirit, Dr. Rambo's book is a must read...as a believer for many years, I did not understand what I was missing by not recognizing the fullness of the Holy Spirit...Dr. Rambo's biblically based book directed me to the scriptures that lead me to seek all that God has for me through the Person of the Holy Spirit...
Bonnie Gloth5 Stars Out Of 5July 16, 2010Bonnie GlothAs Christians, many are not always fully aware of the role that the Holy Spirit plays in our lives to guide and empower our everyday lives to live as victorious Christians. With Biblical scriptures, Dr. Rambo brings the Person of the H.S. into present-day reality, as she relates her personal journey with Him.An excellent tool to teach and to encourage readers to go deeper in their Christian walk.
Luena Darr5 Stars Out Of 5June 28, 2010Luena Darr"Understanding The Holy Spirit" is a book that offers us an excellent understanding of the need each of us as Christians must have to appreciate the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. I remember being a Christian for many years and having my focus on "The Father" and "Jesus", but rarely did I focus on the "Holy Spirit" and the need to be sensitive to his working within me. As John the Baptist told us in Matt. 3:11: "He would baptize us with water for repentance, but there will be one more powerful than He who would baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire." Dr. Brenda Rambo's book lays out in detail the urgency of the need of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives - a must read for the Body of Christ in today's times!
Jan Kahler4 Stars Out Of 5June 22, 2010Jan KahlerThis book is full of puzzle pieces to help you see the big picture of the who, what, where, when, and why of the Holy Spirit. Very meaty!