Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review: Primal Fire by Neil Cole

Primal Fire:  Reigniting the Church with the Five Gifts of Jesus by Neil Cole is about exactly what it is about what many Christians consider to be the five core spiritual gifts:  apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd and teacher.  The book is broken into three sections.  The first, rediscovering gifts, goes through scripture and talks about what spiritual gifts are and why these five are so important.  The second section, reinterpreting the gifts, clears up many of the misconceptions about these five gifts and gives biblical insights to each.  The last section, reimagining the gifts, gives practical suggestions for exercising these gifts in the church and in life.

I loved this book.  For one, it is written really well, slightly academic, but not too much so, and was a joy to read.  Second, I love the theology of it.  It honors the power of the Holy Spirit without overshadowing the power of Jesus.  This book keeps the focus on God and His kingdom, unlike many other books on spiritual gifts that are very people centered.  This book is very thorough and in fact, I would consider this to possibly be the most definitive book on the subject I've ever read.  Each of the five gifts are well described and presented both in biblical context and present day context.  The chapter on leadership is phenomenal and alone is worth reading the book for.

I recommend this first of all to church leaders who want to incorporate many first-century ideas into their present day church.  I also recommend it to church leaders who want a new way to view the gifts of their people.  Lastly I recommend this book to anyone who has strong evidence of one of these gifts and wants to read more about it.

I was provided a copy of this book free of charge in return for my honest review.

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