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   Reading list on the Holy Spirit

Did you know that there are over 260 references to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament alone? Yet, if you were to stroll down the aisles of the average Christian bookstore, your eyes would feast upon a virtual buffet of titles devoted to the Father and to the Son, but the Third Person of the Trinity seems to be regulated to that side-table with the jello-mold on it that is visited only by jello gourmets.

This webpage is dedicated to those gourmets. Here you will find a list of books about the Spirit of God and his ministry and gifts in the church. These books have been recommended by readers of The Pneuma Review and Pneuma Informer like yourself.

They have a been a blessing to others; may they be a blessing to you as well.


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Reading list on the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and Pentecostal/charismatic themes


  • Doug Addison , Prophecy, Dreams, and Evangelism (Streams Publishing House, 2005), ISBN: 978-1584831037. Kevin recommends: "How the Holy Spirit makes Jesus Christ known to the World."
  • French L. Arrington, Encountering the Holy Spirit: Paths of Christian Growth and Service (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2003).
  • Don Basham, A Handbook on Holy Spirit Baptism (Whitaker House Publishers, 1980).
  • Dennis & Rita Bennett, The Holy Spirit & You (Bridge-Logos, 1971, 1987).
  • Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, Hearing God's Voice (Broadman & Holman, 2002), ISBN: 978-0805424935. Kevin wirtes: "Good insight on hearing God. Can be very useful for those learning about prophecy, words of knowledge and words of wisdom. Well known conservative authors."
  • Craig Borlase, William Seymour, A Biography: The Story of a 20th century African American Leader Who Launched the Azusa Street Revival and the Pentecostal Movement (Strang, 2006) 1591859085.
  • Roc Bottomly, The Promised Power: Experiencing the Union of Word And Spirit (NavPress, 2005), ISBN: 978-1576836262. Kevin writes: "It is written from a conservative point of view the need for and work of the Holy Spirit in the believers life."
  • Bill Bright, The Holy Spirit: Key to Supernatural Living (New Life Publications, 2003), ISBN: 978-1563990533. Kevin writes: "This book is about the Holy Spirit's total work in and through the believer."
  • Stanley M. Burgess, The Holy Spirit: Ancient Christian Traditions (Hendrickson, 1984). Formerly titled The Spirit and the Church: Antiquity.
  • Stanley M. Burgess, The Holy Spirit: Eastern Christian Traditions (Hendrickson, 1989).
  • Stanley M. Burgess, The Holy Spirit: Medieval Roman Catholic and Reformation Traditions (Hendrickson, 1997). Covers the 6th through 16th Centuries.
  • Stanley M. Burgess and Eduard M. van der Maas, eds., The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Zondervan, 2000).
  • D. A. Carson, Showing the Spirit: a Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14 (Baker, 1996), ISBN: 978-0801025211. Kevin writes: "It is an exegesis on 1 Corinthians 12-14 that proves the gifts are for today, written by a conservative theologian."
  • Jack Deere, The Beginner's Guide to the Gift of Prophecy (Vine/Servant, 2001), ISBN: 978-0830733897. Kevin recommends: "Excellent book on the gift of Prophecy backed up with Scripture."
  • Jack Deere, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit (Zondervan, 1996), 302 pages, ISBN:0310211271
  • Jack Deere, Surprised by the Voice of God (Zondervan, 1998).
  • Howard M. Ervin, Conversion, Initiation in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: An Engaging Critique of James D. G. Dunn's Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Hendrickson, 1984).
  • Howard M. Ervin, Healing: Sign of the Kingdom (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003), ISBN 1565637275.
  • Howard M. Ervin, Spirit Baptism: A Biblical Investigation (Hendrickson, 1995). Revision of These Are Not Drunken As Ye Suppose (1968).
  • Gordon Fee, God's Empowering Presence (Hendrickson, 1994).
  • Gordon Fee, Gospel and Spirit: Issues in New Testament Hermeneutics (Hendrickson, 1991).
  • Gordon Fee, Listening to the Spirit in the Text. (Eerdmans, 2000), 180 pages.
  • Gordon Fee, Paul, the Spirit and the People of God: The Holy Spirit in Paul (Hendrickson, 1995).
  • Robert Frost, Aglow With The Spirit (Bridge-Logos Publishing, 1992).
  • Jonathan Goforth, By My Spirit (Evangel Publishing House, 1983).
  • Billy Graham, The Holy Spirit: Activating God's Power in Your Life (Thomas Nelson, 2000), ISBN: 978-0849942136. Kevin writes: "This would be an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the Holy Spirit and His role in our life."
  • Michael Green, I Believe in the Holy Spirit (Eerdmans, 2004), 978-0802827678. Revised edition.
  • Gary S. Greig, Kevin N. Springer, eds., The Kingdom and the Power: Are Healing and the Spiritual Gifts Used by Jesus and the Early Church Meant for the Church Today? (Gospel Light/Regal, 1993), ISBN: 0830716599. Quentin says: "I recommend this book because it discusses the issues surrounding Spirit-empowered ministry from a variety of authors from various church traditions and does so with great biblical scholarship." Much of Kingdom & the Power has been reprinted serially in The Pneuma Review.
  • Wayne Grudem, ed., Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?: 4 Views (Zondervan, 1997), ISBN:0310201551. Contributors are: Richard B. Gaffin, Douglas A. Oss, C. Samuel Storms, and Robert L Saucy.
  • Wayne Grudem, The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today (Crossway Books, 2000). John L. says: "This is the single best book that I have read on the gift of prophecy."
  • Jack Hayford, Living the Spirit Formed Life (Gospel Light, 2001).
  • Jack Hayford, The Beauty of Spiritual Language (Thomas Nelson, 1996).
  • Larry D. Hart, Truth Aflame: Theology for the Church in Renewal (Zondervan, 2005), ISBN: 0310259894.
  • Wilf Hildebrandt, An Old Testament Theology of the Spirit of God (Hendrickson Publishers, 1996).
  • Daniel D. Isgrigg, Pilgrimage into Pentecost: The Pneumatological Legacy of Howard M. Ervin (Tulsa, OK: Word & Spirit Press, 2008), 978-0978535278. | A visitor writes: "This book chronicles the life and theology of one of Pentecost's most scholarly voices. Howard Ervin gives the exegeitcal and theological rationale for subsequence, tongues as evidence and missional empowerment. It is the only comprehensive life story and theology of Howard M. Ervin."
  • Larry Keefauver, Blazing with the Fire of the Spirit (Strang Communications/Creation House, 1997). Part of the Holy Spirit Encounter Guides.
  • Larry Keefauver, Experiencing the Holy Spirit (Thomas Nelson/W, 2000).
  • Craig S. Keener, Gift & Giver: The Holy Spirit in the Church Today (Baker/Revell, 2001).
  • Ronald Kydd, Charismatic Gifts in the Early Church (Hendrickson, 1984).
  • J. Stephen Lang, 1,001 Things You Always Wanted to Know about the Holy Spirit (Thomas Nelson, 1999).
  • Stanford E. Linzey, Jr., The Holy Spirit in the Third Millennium (Xulon Press, 2003). From author: "New approach to the doctrine of the Spirit. How to receive Spirit baptism. Critical questions discussed."
  • Grant McClung, Azusa Street and Beyond: 100 Years of Commentary on the Global Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, Azusa Street Centennial Edition (Pathway Press, 2006) ISBN: 088270124X. | Read Chris Armstrongs review in Christianity Today (July 2006).
  • William W. Menzies and Robert P. Menzies, Spirit and Power: Foundations in Pentecostal Experience (Zondervan, 2000), ISBN: 978-0310235071.
  • Andrew Murray, Andrew Murray on the Holy Spirit (Whitaker House, 1998).
  • Anthony D. Palma, The Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Perspective (Gospel Publishing House/Logion, 2001).
    Visitor comment: "an excellent scholary treatment of the subject."
  • A.T. Pierson, Acts of the Holy Spirit (Christian Publications, 1997).
  • Derek Prince, Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Whitaker House, 1996).
  • John Rea, Charisma Bible Handbook on the Holy Spirit (Strang Communications/Creation House, 1998).
  • Roger Stronstad, Charismatic Theology of St. Luke (Hendrickson, 1984).
  • Vinson Synan, Century of the Holy Spirit (Zondervan, 2001).
  • C. Peter Wagner, Acts of the Holy Spirit: A Complete Commentary on the Book of Acts (Gospel Light, 2000).
  • C. Peter Wagner, Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow (Regal, 1994) 15th Anniversary edition, ISBN: 978-0830716814.
  • J. Rodman Williams, Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from Charismatic Perspective (Zondervan, 1996), 1470 pages, ISBN: 978-0310209140. Unabridged one-volume edition of the three volume Renewal Theology.
  • John Wimber and Kevin Springer, Power Evangelism (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986), ISBN: 0340561270. John Wimber (1934 - 1997) was a charismatic pastor and one of the founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement. Named in 2006 by Christiainity Today as one of the top 50 books to have shaped Evangelicals, numerous editions of Power Evangelism have been published including: HarperOne (1993), Hodder Headline (2001). Preview the 2009 Regal edition in GoogleBooks. Thanks to Bob T. for encouraging us to include this important book in our reading list.
  • Bob Yandian, The Spirit-Controlled Life (Whitaker House, 1996).




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