Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What She Read Wednesday: The Spirit Filled Life By Charles Stanley

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"...I realized that I had made the Spirit-filled life much more complicated that it really is.  Like every other aspect of the Christian life, the Spirit-filled life is a life of faith.  I had been approaching it as if it were a formula.  But the Spirit-filled life is not a formula; it is a relationship, a relationship with a person- the Holy Spirit." Charles Stanley, The Spirit-Filled Life.

I grew up in church and heard folks talked about the Holy Spirit but honestly I never quite knew what they were talking about.  I mean really the whole 3 in 1 thing really threw me off.  I understood God and Jesus but the Holy Spirit confused me.  I didn't know what that was suppose to be like.  I couldn't seem to find anyone that had a concrete answer to my dilemma.  

As I have began to dig deeper into my walk with the Lord I felt I was missing a vital part of it.  I was fortunate to be sent the book above by BookLook to review for my honest opinion.  It could not have came at a better time.  

Book Description 

A wise, measured, and deeply passionate invitation to a Spirit-filled life
Are you trying your best to be a good Christian but still feel something’s missing? Do the peace and joy you long for seem to elude you? Does following Christ sometimes feel like a lot of work—or like it’s just not working very well?
Much has been written and spoken—and argued!—about the Holy Spirit and what it means to be filled with the Spirit. Charles Stanley cuts through the confusion and introduces you to a living Person as real and active as God the Father and Christ the Son. Through personal stories, biblical exploration, and insightful explanation, he will help you discover:
  • who the Spirit is—and how to develop a relationship with Him
  • who the Spirit isn’t—and how to avoid damaging misconceptions
  • how being “filled” with the Spirit actually works
  • what the Bible really teaches about spiritual “signs” such as speaking in tongues
  • how the Spirit can increase your capacity for faith, hope, love, and personal transformation
  • what it means to “hear” the Spirit’s voice
  • how to make the most of your unique spiritual gifting to build up Christ’s body
  • what happens when the Spirit’s power is unleashed in your workplace, your family life, your friendships, and every other area of your life
In The Spirit-Filled Life Charles Stanley reveals how to recognize and begin to live with the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit.
My Take
I truly enjoyed this book and will reread it several times as there is so much to take in.  Dr. Stanley has used strong scripture references to help you dig deeper yourself into understanding the Holy Spirit in your life.  He has helped me to learn as a believer I am already filled with the Holy Spirit...he has permanent resident in my heart...but how much am I willing to let him control is the question.  Thankfully he doesn't just leave you with one answer and expect you to figure out the rest.  Dr. Stanley continues to take this journey with you, so that you too can recognized and live with the guiding of the Holy Spirit.  I highly recommend this book for Christians no matter where in your walk you may be.  This would also make a great gift!!  

Until we meet again may God bless you and keep you!

Caci