The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life. By Charles Stanley. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992. 239 pp. Cloth, $17.99.
This book by the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia is a practical work that will edify believers. Although it does contain some doctrinal points, the book is primarily designed to help Christians in their daily experience with God. Stanley desires that all Christians be filled with the Holy Spirit and partake of the benefits that He provides.
To this end, the book is organized into three sections. Part One chronicles the personal pilgrimage of the author as he discovers the person of the Holy Spirit and the relationship of the believer to Him. Part Two covers the various aspects of the ministry of the Holy Spirit to the believer. Part Three examines the role of the Holy Spirit in making decisions. The reviewer was particularly helped by this last section, as Stanley explored the interrelationship of peace, conscience, the Word, and wisdom in making sound decisions.
The writing is very clear and will appeal to a broad spectrum of people. Each chapter ends with some thought-provoking questions or ideas. The author uses many helpful personal illustrations to reinforce his points.
“The wonderful Spirit-filled life” should be “the normal Christian life.” This book will assist Christians in achieving this end.
Gregory P. Sapaugh