Back in the 1990s, Jack Deere wrote two impacting books. One was called Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, the other Surprised by the Voice of God. Deere was a professor at Dallas Theology Seminary and came into an experience of God’s miraculous power. This ended his career there, and he wrote these books which have impacted many non-charismatics open up to the idea that God still speaks and acts in supernatural ways today.
Enter now Signs, Wonders and a Baptist Preacher: How Jesus Flipped My World Upside Down by Chad Norris (that’s Chad, not Chuck).
This is a modern, up-to-date, highly readable and engaging book that is written in the same spirit of Jack Deere’s previous two books. And interestingly, Jack Deere wrote the Foreword.
Norris, a Southern Baptist preacher, writes in an entertaining way. His take on the Holy Spirit is non religious, non pretension, and interesting. He opens up about his personal struggles with panic attacks and depression. And then tells the story of how Jesus delivered him of these maladies. Like Deere before him, and John Wimber also, Norris had no paradigm to understand what was happening to him because of past teaching on the Holy Spirit.
Norris’ book brings the reader by the hand to encounter the reality of the supernatural power of God. For those who already believe in the supernatural power of God, this book will constitute a faith builder as well as a confirmation that God still works in this way today.
For those who have been taught that the supernatural died out with the apostles, this will be a wonderful challenge and introduction to a new dimension of the Christian life.
This post is part of the sponsored Patheos Book Club.
By the way, in my experience, a lot of the confusion and disagreement over spiritual gifts and the supernatural work of the Spirit is often rooted in semantics instead of substance. I expound on this in Theology Doesn’t Have to Be a Bloodsport.