Which Books on the Holy Spirit are Best?

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  1. Jim-Bob

    Jim-Bob Puritan Board Freshman

    There's a dearth of Reformed literature on how the Holy Spirit operates today...but surely there are some good books out there. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Jimmy the Greek

    Jimmy the Greek Puritan Board Senior

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Doctrine-Holy-Spirit-George-Smeaton/dp/0851511872]Amazon.com: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: George Smeaton: Books[/ame]

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    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Contours-Christian-Theology/dp/0830815368/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238688441&sr=1-7]Amazon.com: The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology): Sinclair B. Ferguson: Books[/ame]
     
  3. Knoxienne

    Knoxienne Puritan Board Graduate

    The Holy Spirit - Arthur W. Pink
     
  4. Dearly Bought

    Dearly Bought Puritan Board Junior

  5. FenderPriest

    FenderPriest Puritan Board Junior

    John Owen's work on the Holy Spirit in volume's III and IV in his works.
     
  6. Dearly Bought

    Dearly Bought Puritan Board Junior

    By the way, I wouldn't say that there is a dearth of Reformed literature on this subject. It just may be that the Holy Spirit's work is presented in a far different manner than modern charismaticism has influenced us to understand.
     
  7. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

  8. Dearly Bought

    Dearly Bought Puritan Board Junior

    Here is volume IV of Owen's works on Google Books.

    Volume VI of Thomas Goodwin's works is also on Google Books and covers the work of the Holy Spirit.
     
  9. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor


    I second that. I found my copy at a used bookstore for .50 cents.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Work-Holy-Spirit-Abraham-Kuyper/dp/0802881564]Amazon.com: The Work of the Holy Spirit: Abraham Kuyper, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Henri De Vries: Books[/ame]
     
  10. Jon 316

    Jon 316 Puritan Board Sophomore

    [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Morning-Holy-Spirit-Benny/dp/0785261265]Good Morning, Holy Spirit: Amazon.co.uk: Benny Hinn: Books[/ame]

    :lol::doh:

    kiddin, honestly!

    This wee booklet is pretty good

    [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/baptism-fullness-Holy-Spirit/dp/B0007DOMDQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238690351&sr=1-1]The baptism and fullness of the Holy Spirit: Amazon.co.uk: John R. W Stott: Books[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Showing-Spirit-1-Cor-12-14/dp/0801025214/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238690479&sr=1-2]Showing the Spirit: 1 Cor 12-14: Amazon.co.uk: D.A. Carson: Books[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keep-Step-Spirit-Finding-Fullness/dp/0801065585/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238690513&sr=1-1]Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in…Amazon.co.uk: J. I. Packer: Books[/ame]
     
  11. Calvinist Cowboy

    Calvinist Cowboy Puritan Board Junior

    I heard that DA Carson's work Showing the Spirit was very good, so I would heartily second that suggestion.
     
  12. CalvinandHodges

    CalvinandHodges Puritan Board Junior

    Greetings:

    One opponent of the Reformed view of the Spirit of God complained that Sinclair Ferguson's book had too many citations of Scripture!

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Contours-Christian-Theology/dp/0830815368]Amazon.com: The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology): Sinclair B. Ferguson: Books[/ame]

    Blessings,

    Rob
     
  13. Theognome

    Theognome Burrito Bill

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  14. DonP

    DonP Puritan Board Junior

    The Office of the Holy Spirit By Buchanon
    and
    The Work of the Spirit By Octavious Winslow

    Deserve honorable mention and are easier to read and shorter works
     
  15. Archlute

    Archlute Puritan Board Senior

    The dearth is regarding modern Reformed interaction with charismatic ideas and other issues. Calvin, Owen, and older writers, while good in their own way, were not just writing about the Spirit in an ecclesiastical vacuum, but were directly engaging the goings on in their day by interacting with the Scriptures on whatever the issue at hand happened to be.

    For example, Owen's work on the Spirit and prayer (volume 3 or 4, I can't remember off the top of my head), even though it has much to commend it generally, was also written directly in relation to the controversy regarding fixed vs. free prayers in the Church. He argued that restricting the prayers of the minister to the Book of Common Prayer, and like forms, hinders the Spirit's work in various ways in the life of the minister and the congregation (closet Charismatic!), and causes our proficiency and ability to pray to atrophy.

    However, most of us are not waging battles against a particular ideology in the Church of England! We need writers today who will address today's issues. The best Reformed writing today on subject of the Spirit's person and work will be found in exegetically grounded interactions with modern movements and arguments growing within the Church. Older writers may have points to help us think some of these things through, but writers such as Carson, Stott (from a generation back), and Ferguson are doing what really needs to be done.

    Btw, I remember having read a little work authored by John Stott on the filling and fruit of the Spirit some years back that dealt with the then current claims of "second blessing" theology. One thing that I have always liked about Stott is that he is both a very clear, and a very pastorally balanced writer. This book, in so far as I remember, was a great example of that. It was the best volume offered of the required reading for that particular seminary's course on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and I would still recommend it today.

    Edited to note: Stott's book, The Baptism and Fullness of the Holy Spirit, was mentioned above, but since there wasn't a nifty picture attached, I missed it...
     
  16. jwithnell

    jwithnell Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    It's been a long time since I read this, but I remember it being quite helpful. Vaughan, if memory serves me correctly, was a student of Dabney's.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Gifts-Holy-Spirit-Unbelievers-Believers/dp/0851512224/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238703965&sr=1-3]Amazon.com: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit to Unbelievers and Believers: C. R. Vaughan: Books[/ame]
     
  17. Jon Peters

    Jon Peters Puritan Board Sophomore

    :up:
    :up:
     
  18. the particular baptist

    the particular baptist Puritan Board Freshman

    A.W. Pink

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-W-Pink/dp/1604596740/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238705938&sr=8-1]Amazon.com: The Holy Spirit: Arthur W. Pink: Books[/ame]
     
  19. Marrow Man

    Marrow Man Drunk with Powder

    This book deals more with the exegetical problems within Pentecostalism, but it is still good. It is available from the Trinity Foundation.

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  20. Parsifal23

    Parsifal23 Puritan Board Freshman

    The Holy Spirit by Gorden H. Clark
     
  21. Jim-Bob

    Jim-Bob Puritan Board Freshman

    Once again I am deeply impressed by the rapidity, thoroughness, variety and levity (Benny Hinn, indeed!) of the PB responders!

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    A summary of the recommendations to date:

    The Holy Spirit by Gorden H. Clark

    The Holy Spirit by Arthur W. Pink

    The Work of the Holy Spirit by Abraham Kuyper

    A Theology of the Holy Spirit by F. D. Bruner

    The Gifts of the Holy Spirit to Unbelievers and Believers: C. R. Vaughan

    The Baptism and Fullness of the Holy Spirit by John Stott

    The Office of the Holy Spirit By Buchanon


    The Work of the Spirit By Octavious Winslow

    The Holy Spirit (Contours of Christian Theology): Sinclair B. Ferguson

    Showing the Spirit by D. A. Carson

    Keep in Step with The Spirit by J. I. Packer

    Volume III and Volume IV of Owen's works on Google Books.

    Volume VI of Thomas Goodwin's works is also on Google Books

    Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: George Smeaton

    The Centrality of the Holy Spirit in Reformed Theology: A Robust Pneumatology. By Shane Lems (See The Confessional Presbyterian)

    PCA Historical Center: PCA Pastoral Letter on the Expeience of the Holy Spirit in the Church Today (1975)
     
  22. Jon 316

    Jon 316 Puritan Board Sophomore

    This is an excellent book. It was one of my core texts in my undergraduate dissertation on Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

    I alo reccomend a book by James Dunn

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Baptism-Holy-Spirit-James-Dunn/dp/0664241409]Amazon.com: Baptism in the Holy Spirit: James D. G. Dunn: Books[/ame]

    He is non pentecostal, not sure if he is reformed (I wasnt looking at it from thet perspective). Either way, Dunn is non pentecostal.

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    Another good book- from a 'various perspectives point of view is

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Gifts-Today-Wayne-Grudem/dp/0310201551/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238759019&sr=1-1]Amazon.com: Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?: Wayne Grudem, Robert Saucy, Richard B. Gaffin, Stanley N. Gundry, Sam Storms, Doug Oss: Books[/ame]

    If I remember right, this is a 4 way debate and it explores baptism in Spirit from 4 different perspectives.
     
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