Holy Spirit Power by Charles Spurgeon
For this month’s book, I honestly toyed with the idea of just writing a review without actually reading it. The reason being, I have yet to read a Spurgeon book I didn’t like. However, that didn’t seem wise and I wouldn’t be able to include any awesome quotes if I hadn’t read it. But, once again, I wasn’t disappointed and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I debated with myself on whether or not I should use a highlighter since I knew I would end up marking most of the book. (P.S. the pro-highlighter side of my personality won.)
A lot of Spurgeon books are put together from his sermons, which make for a certain way of writing. I’m not sure if this book is or if he just writes like he preaches. I personally enjoy reading books put together like that because you can feel the passion behind what they are saying and picture the writer up at the pulpit waving his arms around and pleading with you to repent. It’s easy to become emotionless while writing and I really appreciate that Spurgeon doesn’t.
This is one of those few books that is focused on the Holy Spirit. Spurgeon doesn’t leave out the other members of the Trinity, but he spends most of the book diving into the work of the Spirit. For example, from chapter two on the inward power of the Holy Spirit: “the Holy Spirit has a power over men’s hearts, which can be very hard to affect. The heart is a fish that all Gospel fishermen have trouble holding. You may sometimes pull it almost all the way out of the water; however, slimy as an eel, it slips between your fingers, and you have not captured it after all. The Spirit alone has power over a man’s heart.” Talk about word pictures! This tiny little book is full of them! I could give you a ton more of my favorite parts, but I think it would be more effective if you just read it for yourself.
There were some things Spurgeon said that I didn’t agree with or that I wasn’t quite sure what exactly he meant, but overall it is very solid. None of them made me question his salvation. I would encourage you to read this book and learn more of whom the Holy Spirit is and what He does. Once you read this one, I would encourage you to buy all of Spurgeon’s other books and read those, too. You will be convicted and comforted at the same time, as well as stirred up to search the Scriptures for more knowledge on this amazing Triune God.