By: C. Peter Wagner
Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768402988, $ 16.99, 2012, 334 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
An In Depth Study of Power Evangelism and Spiritual Warfare
C. Peter Wagner has compiled the works and observations of highly respected participants in a symposium representing Pentecostal, Charismatic, and traditional Evangelical institutions of higher learning who convened to consider significant issues on teachings regarding the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare, and prayer. John Wimber of the Vineyard Ministries presented the keynote address titled “Power Evangelism: Definition and Direction.” John Wimber’s address set the theme for the symposium.
The twelve chapters in this book “Supernatural Forces in Spiritual Warfare: Wrestling with Dark Angels” are gleaned from Wimber’s address, those of many other recognized participants, and responses to the presentations. Wimber opens by describing his own “spiritual pilgrimage;” he goes on to consider how Jesus evangelized, and His commission to the disciples, and then introduces the concepts of Kingdom conflict, power encounters, and supernatural insights.
I particularly found Ed Murphy’s contribution on Spiritual Warfare, Neil T. Anderson’s “Finding Freedom in Christ,” and the chapters dealing with the Wesleyan understand practical and helpful. I also looked forward to the summaries and conclusions to the teachings on exorcism, and demonic influences.
Participants of the consortium went back to their institutions feeling that the general consensus and response to the symposium opened the door to academic pursuit to further study, and provided an equipping tool for equipping students, in subjects related to the supernatural power of God in Church ministry and world evangelism.
“Supernatural Forces in Spiritual Warfare: Wrestling with Dark Angels” is destined to become the principal work on the reading list of every academic class on the subjects of the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare, prayer, evangelism, and missionology.
A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.