This book defines the role of a prophet or prophetess and gives the reader strategic guidelines for judging prophecy. Many of the stories included are taken from Dr. Hamon¿s ministry and add that ¿hands on¿ practicality that is quickly making this book a best-seller.
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Release Date Oct 31, 1987
Publisher DESTINY IMAGE #45
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|Prophets and Personal Prophecy Feb 7, 2007|
|This is a very informative book. I believe that anyone with the prophetic giftings should read this book and even those who do not operate in the prophetic but have been given prophetic words. It helps one understand what type of gifting they may be operating in and how to apply it. Very good. It also will help you to understand a word given and how to apply it.|
|Prophetic Gifting and Its Practice in the Church Today May 7, 2006|
|PROPHETS AND PERSONAL PROPHECY: GOD'S PROPHETIC VOICE TODAY (hereafter, PPP) (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 1987/2000) is one of a growing number of "how to" guides concerning the Christian charismatic "gift of prophecy" and its exercise by and on behalf of believing Christians today in the United States and in many countries around the world. I think I am correct in saying that this particular book has the distinction of being the first of its type in modern times. As one of the "seminal fathers" of the present Christian "prophetic movement," and as a respected authority on the subject of "personal prophecy," Dr. Bill Hamon offers practical guidelines and numerous case studies from both his personal and his professional life as a pastor; itinerant prophet; and founder of his own prophetic training institute in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.|
PPP is neither a theological, nor a biblical justification for the practice of prophecy in our day; rather, it is intended as a "practical handbook for those who are already convinced that prophets operate [legitimately] in the Church today, who have themselves received a personal prophecy, and who want to respond properly and fruitfully to what God is saying to them" (pp. 14-15). By its own self-description, PPP is a book designed for and targeted toward a niche audience comprised of Christians from Pentecostal, Charismatic, "restoration," "faith," and "kingdom" churches (pp. 8-9).
Hamon presupposes the divinely endowed prophetic gift to be alive (though sometimes dormant) within the body of Christ today just as it was in the first century after the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the 120 disciples on the day of Pentecost. Hamon views the modern Christian prophets' words of direction as supplementary to the instruction of Holy Scripture and never contrary to it. He explains that God speaks by his Spirit through the Christian prophet for edification, comfort, and/or direction in the same way he did in biblical times. As the gift of prophecy was present in the lives of certain Old and New Testament persons, so it is still available to believers today. "Activation" of the prophetic gift may require the "laying on of hands" by a "prophetic presbyter" or "prophetic presbytery" along with oversight and ongoing training to reach fruitful maturity. The differentiation between a "rhema" word of God (i.e., original, Holy Spirit inspired words not recorded in the Holy Bible) and the "logos" word of God (i.e., those words which are already recorded as Holy Spirit inspired words from the biblical writers) is also presupposed as an important foundational tenet for this study.
Given the book's ancient (and now revived) subject matter, it is plainly unique in the field of the "Christian charismata" today. For the unfamiliar reader, PPP should prove intiguing with its many "real life" illustrations and stories. Given its ground-breaking character, and the potential audience it might receive as such, I found it regrettable that the manuscript could not have been given a more professional preparation. Greater care during its final revision and preparation for publication would have enhanced its appeal for many additional readers beyond the niche audience. Numerous routine copyediting problems are still evident in the text. Distracting and idiosyncratic habits of capitalization and boldface usage have been retained. Chapter two has (by specific direction of the author) boldfaced every appearance of the word "prophet(s)," and the words "biblical" and "Scripture" are found with and without capitalization throughout the book. The use of hyphens, dashes, italics, and ellipses are often clumsily executed and also without consistency. A dictionary; a writing style manual; and a determination to stay consistent, would have solved these errors and would have improved readability. As one writing style manual admonishes: "--concerning what some may regard as 'trivial departures from convention'--it should be remembered that they stop the reader and make him think of your incompetence instead of your ideas."
PPP is also in need of a "glossary" of technical terms. The number of unfamiliar terms and expressions is substantial even for someone like myself with personal exposure to the prophetic movement. I counted more than twenty terms (charismatic church expressions) that would be unintelligible to the unfamiliar first-time reader. Sometimes a definition is provided within the narrative, but not usually on the first appearance as it should be. Given the large number of Scripture references cited throughout the book, a "Scripture index" would have been much appreciated, and would have encouraged revisits. Again the writer's adage: "Always see your copy as it will look to a stranger"--is important to remember.
Despite the many technical shortcomings, the book has sold extremely well as a P-O-D ("print-on-demand") publication having sold more than 100,000 copies in its first dozen years of availability (probably many more in the last six years), and has been translated into at least six languages! The personal magnanimity of brother Hamon; the charisma of his unique ministry and message; and what is likely a growing and acute hunger for this new genre of Christian literature have, I am sure, all served to explain the book's popularity. I guess when your target audience is large enough, and you are well-known to that audience as a man of integrity for nearly fifty years, a poor presentation is excusable and apparently of little account to the hungry reader.
Content/originality = 5
Writing/style = 3
Literary/technical = 1
Overall average = 3
|Something Serious Jul 9, 2004|
|Dr. Hamon has hit the nail on the head once again. He has saved us countless hours of pain and heartache by sharing his prophetic experiences and lessons with us in this book. Prophecy and the Office of Prophet are essential to the success and the growth of the Body of Christ. Dr. Hamon has removed the mystery surrounding this office and gift.|
|Truly A Blessing Jan 5, 2001|
|I have read this book over and over again. Every time I read it, I notice gold nuggets I overlooked before. One thing the Lord made stand out in my spirit while reading this book was that I really have to walk in his love and learn more about it in order to operate effectively in any ministry. The Word does say that if we prophecy, prophecy will cease if we have not love. The Word says that without love, none of the other gifts mean anything. If we don't love those around us the way the Lord would, what makes us think we would be set loose on his church. It has answered so many questions about prophets and personal prophecy that I couldn't get anywhere else. Though we all have pastors, teachers, etc., they are human as well and aren't always available or easy to get time with. It was wonderful to find a book to feed my hungry heart without having to arrange to talk to someone else. I couldn't stop reading and the more I read, the hungrier I became...sort of like a starving child sitting down to his/her first meal after a week with no food. Now, I can always refer back to the book if I have forgotton something (we always go back for seconds to the food we enjoy the most). There have been times when I wasn't comfortable to ask anyone about prophecy and the prophetic ministry and I found my answers in this book. I had been in prayer about the many questions I had and would ask Jesus tons of questions...why this, why that, etc. and ask him to provide to me the answers. The Lord certainly has answered prayer with this book and has given me more information that what I even had asked for (Ephesians 3:20). Praise God!|
|Prophets and Personal Prophecy Oct 22, 2000|
|People, I am so excited about this book! I have read most of Bishop Hamons books already but this one last. Why? I don't know. But I am now taking a class on this book with its student workbook and it is the best thing I have done for myself in learning material this year! I have seen Bishop Hamon many times and must say the man is incredible. I am not impressed easily! I have seen God's fire come out of this mans mouth when he speaks. I have seen many Prophets since and this man is on the cutting edge of what God is doing today. I have also taken another course of his, Moving in Spiritual Gifts wich is simular to this course. I just pray everyone reaches this level of cutting edge ministry!|
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