April 14, 2016

Book Review: The Spirit Who Speaks

The Spirit Who Speaks: God’s Supernatural Intervention in Your Life, by Peter H. Lawrence is an interesting book, especially since the author passed away before the book was published.

The author’s wife, Carol Lawrence, wrote the Preface of this book.  On pages 13-14, she shared:
“Several people have asked me how someone who wrote and preached about hearing God speak and saw God healing others could himself suffer from a terminal illness.  My response is that they need to listen more carefully to what Peter is saying.  He writes about his illness and talks about questions such as this in the final chapters of this book.  Peter died in February 2009 from a brain tumor.  He had been ill for about a year and a half, and during that time he wrote The Spirit Who Speaks based on one of his earlier books (The Hot Line).  He was thrilled to sign the contract for publication of this book—which he could just about manage to do—in January of that year.”
The Spirit Who Speaks is primarily based on the author’s life experiences.  It’s more of an experiential book, rather than a strong biblical based book, even though there are scripture verses included throughout the book.

There are ten chapters and a corresponding study guide with three to eight questions per chapter.  The ten chapters are titled as The God Who Speaks, Is There a Word from the Lord, The Adventure of Prayer, Proclaim the King and the Kingdom, Healing the Emotions, Healing the Sick, Setting the Captives Free, Signs and Blunders, Test Everything, and Facing the End. 

This book should be read by mature Christians with an in-depth and firm biblical foundation, since some of the material might be misleading.  Unfortunately, this is not a book that I’m able to personally recommend.

Note: I received this book from B and B Media, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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