Alive in the Spirit: Experiencing the Presence and Power of God by A.W. Tozer
Published November 1, 2016 by Bethany House Publishers
What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit in our lives? Many look to extraordinary experiences and manifestations as evidence of the Spirit. But what happens when the event is over? How can we experience the Holy Spirit in the ordinary, everyday world? How can we be filled with the Spirit? In this material taken from Tozer’s sermons, he answers these questions and explores life in the Spirit from a balanced perspective. The church needs the gifts of the Spirit–all of them–or it will never be what God intends it to be. But this has to happen in wisdom and humility. Many people talk about being filled with the Holy Spirit, but very few accept the conditions for being filled. Tozer lays down the requirements for the Holy Spirit to come into our lives and transform us into Spirit-filled people. Though every Christian has the Holy Spirit, not every Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit. He explains the difference and how it could change the evangelical church of today.
Alive in the Spirit is broken up into many chapters that focus on several different topics. Chapters are a range of topics focusing on the Holy Spirit from the author’s personal experience to awareness to how the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church. Each chapter begins with a Biblical scripture reference that fits in with the chapter’s topic and ends with “Reflections” which contains several questions to ask yourself in regards to the chapter topic and how it has effected your own life. Overall, I found it to be a very interesting book, as I have not read many books that focus primarily on the Holy Spirit and it is a topic that my Church studied for several weeks this summer. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading more about the Holy Spirit and how one might become more aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life and how to use it in your community and Church. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book for review. Happy reading!