The 1973 Yearbook of the Encyclopedia Britannica states: ¿When, in 1960 Father Dennis Bennett announced to his congregation¿ that he had experienced a new outpouring of God¿s Spirit,¿ the movement can be said to have begun.¿ He is the author of the best-selling book, Nine O¿Clock in the Morning, and the co-author of the charismatic classic, The Holy Spirit and You. Reverend Bennett and his wife, Rita, founded the Christian Renewal Association in Edmonds, Washington.
¿God is exciting and wonderful, and knowing Him is what life is all about. In spite of this, for many people, even if they¿ve accepted Jesus, Christianity is not exciting at all. This is because, although the Spirit of God may be living in them, He¿s still locked up inside.¿ (From the Introduction, by Dennis Bennett)
Throughout the late 20th century, the joy and freedom of the Holy Spirit has been released in a spectacular way in the ¿historic churches.¿ Over that time, Dennis Bennett has prepared and prayed with at least twenty-five thousand people for the release or baptism of the Holy Spirit.
As one of the pioneers and leaders of this great renewal, Bennett is uniquely qualified to present this ¿on the job¿ handbook for those who are seeking to release the power of the Holy Spirit in their own lives and others.
This practical, comprehensive manual answers the questions that are the most often asked about the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and shows you how to prepare and guide others for this release. Reverend Bennett shows you how to be more effective in this ministry by first preparing yourself, and then following time-tested, orderly guidelines for leading others into the exciting, full life of the Spirit.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.01" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.34"
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Release Date May 1, 1989
Publisher Bridge-Logos Publishers
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|How to Pray for the release of the Holy Spirit Mar 27, 2007|
|I really enjoyed the simplicity of this book. It explained everything very well and can easily be read in one or two evenings. This is a great book for explaining one of the Gifts of the Spirit to Christians. It also was a very good reference for how to release the Holy Spirit and let the Spirit flow more freely in our Lives.|
|Valuable teaching on the work of the Spirit, but not without some problems Oct 28, 2006|
|How to Pray for the Release of the Holy Spirit is a book of both spiritual and historical significance. The late Dennis Bennett's experience as an Episcopal priest who began speaking in tongues in the late 1950s and the events that followed (see his book Nine O'Clock in the Morning for a firsthand account) is widely considered to have marked the beginning of the charismatic movement in the mainline Protestant and Catholic churches. As the movement expanded in the years that followed, Bennett himself remained active and taught many people about the Spirit-filled life, inviting them to yield to the Spirit's work and leading them in prayer for "the release of the Holy Spirit" that equips believers through spiritual gifts for Christian witness and service. |
This book delivers the content of these teachings. Bennett seems to have written it for the purpose of helping other people teach on this topic in the same way he did; accordingly, most of the text is essentially what the speaker might say to an assembled congregation, small group, or retreat gathering. He goes so far as to include bracketed comments and bits of advice for leaders at specific points in the teaching; for example, questions or objections they might anticipate on certain topics and how to respond to them. These additions, while useful for speakers, would be distracting to those who use the book in personal study and confusing to those for whom the teaching is new. They should have been put in an appendix.
While the author's foundational teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit is mostly uncontroversial, he enters more divisive territory with his heavy emphasis on the gift of tongues. The upshot of his teaching on this topic is close to the Pentecostal view of this gift as a necessary initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit (though he himself doesn't use this term). This will be either a positive or a negative aspect of the book depending on the reader's own stance on the issue. A "prayer language," states the author, is available to every Christian who asks for one, implying that unaddressed sin or other spiritual impediments are the cause of unanswered prayers for this gift. The biblical support for the author's position, which has created tragic and unwarranted feelings of insecurity in many believers about their own standing in the Lord, is shaky at best. A more balanced perspective on these issues is available in several other books, including The Baptism with the Holy Spirit by R. A. Torrey (briefly) and Receiving the Power by Zeb Bradford Long and Douglas McMurray (in greater detail).
Nevertheless, God has used Bennett's teaching about the Holy Spirit, theological hiccups and all, to bring personal renewal and spiritual empowerment to the lives of countless believers. It is deserving of careful reading and prayerful reflection.
|Great for those who seek the release of the Holy Spirit Jul 3, 2006|
|This book has really given me an understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and how He works in our lives. It gives real world knowledge that is easy to follow and understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit.|
|This book is so powerful, I bought 30 of them! Sep 12, 2002|
|There are many Christians who have misconceptions and fear about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This book answers every question with scripture and gives leaders and lay people tools to lead others to the power of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This book combined with the "Holy Spirit and You" and the Bible are the best resources available for those desiring to recieve. I thought they were so powerful that I have bought a large stock to just keep giving away to anyone who desires to experience the release of the Holy Spirit as God intended as the norm for all Christians. Mis-education and fear have kept main-line churches from receieving and using the gifts and tools that God intended for us to have. Dennis Bennet is a normal traditional Episcopalian priest who approaches the topic with clarity.|
|Not altogether correct........ Jul 27, 2002|
|I hate to write bad reviews, but this book is not correct in its explanation of the release of the Holy Spirit...the book is directed to the 'carnal Christian' who wants to 'fast food Christianity'.....I would NOT recommend this book to anyone seeking the Holy Spirit...if you are seeking the Holy Spirit, simply read the Scriptures...and focus your heart,mind,body and soul on Jesus Christ....after that the Gifts of the Spirit will flow out effortlessly...|
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