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For some of us, being a Christian is harder than it should be. Discouraged, anxious, worn down, we wonder what happened to the power and the joy that Jesus promised. Jim Cymbala believes that many of us are missing something vital. Christianity, he says, for even the best-intentioned person or church, is impossible without the Holy Spirit. You can have regular devotions, great preaching, a strong emphasis on the Bible, a great worship team, and a congregation that is trying, but if you aren’t vitally in touch with God’s Spirit, you are missing out on the life God has for you.
The Holy Spirit, he points out, is God’s agent on earth. Yet he is the least understood, least preached about, and least discussed member of the Trinity. That is sad, because without him, our spiritual lives will always become dry, mechanical, and a struggle. Too often, the body of Christ is divided into two sides. One side stresses the Word of God, separating itself from what it views as the emotional fanaticism often linked to those emphasizing the Holy Spirit. The other side is sometimes known for drifting into unbiblical manifestations and unorthodox teaching while attributing it all to the Spirit of God. But the Christianity we see in Scripture is both grounded in the Word and full of the Spirit.
With stunning stories of how God is working in the lives of people and churches today and biblical teaching about the Holy Spirit, Jim Cymbala invites you to experience God in a fresh and vital way. Nothing else will change our prayer life, our study of God’s word, and our worship more than opening our hearts to the Spirit. If we want power, confidence, joy, peace, and more love in our lives, then we need a better understanding of how and why the Spirit moves so we can join him there.
©2012 Jim Cymbala (P)2012 Zondervan
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy on 12-03-13

Inspired ~

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Frequently while listening to this inspired book, I found myself overwhelmed by an awareness of God's closeness. It rekindled a deeper hunger in my life for an active an alive connection with the Spirit of God. It moved me to tears more times than I'd like to admit, and even at the end, what I find myself wanting to do is simply find a quiet place to seek His face.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 06-05-12

A book every Christian should read/listen to

If you could sum up Spirit Rising in three words, what would they be?

Library must have

What did you like best about this story?

The examples of redeemed souls allowed me to understand the title of the book. Indeed our spirits rise from the depths of despair when we surrender our hearts to Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives.

What about Jim Cymbala’s performance did you like?

He is very animated and you can picture the scenes in the stories with your mind's eye. He was clear, concise, and emphatic. Surely, if you had no idea whom the Holy Spirit was you would want to go search for him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Christian's blueprint for overcoming life's obstacles!

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By Mr. Luke J. S. Wolfries on 01-23-17

Giving hope through passion and testimony

Great book, if you don't know about the Holy Spirit get this book, it is filled with passion, excitement about prayer and the power of Holy Spirit...

Defiantly read/ listen to this again !!

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