I have made a book list of some of the great Charismatic books that have impacted me. I believe they will stir your own desire towards yielding more of the work of the Holy Spirit today. I admit, most of these books tend to be older testimonies from yester-year, but they have stood the test of time. I read them when I first met the Lord and have re-read them through the years and they still inspire me. That is the test of a good book, amen!
“Pioneers of Faith” by Lester Sumrall is a wonderful book that gives snapshots of a number men and women that God used in the early days of Pentecostalism. Sumrall gives an unvarnished view into the lives of people that he had personally known. It gives a great glimpse into the life of Howard Carter.
Anything you can find about Howard Carter who was the dean of a Bible school in England who was given an unparallel revelation about the gifts and nature of the Holy Spirit while he was in prison for being a conscientious objector during World War I. He took this revelation to the church around the world, but it clashed with the raw or unrefined understanding of the Holy Spirit during these early days of the Pentecostal movement. The only thing that convinced people to be open to the balance he brought was the fact that few people were used in the Gifts of the Spirit on his level of proficiency. He only had a couple of books printed, “Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts” and “Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation”. These were transcribed by others from his lectures.
Most of Howard Carter’s material has been preserved in Kenneth Hagin and Lester Sumrall’s own writings on “The Holy Spirit and His Gifts”and “The Gifts & Ministries of The Holy Spirit, for which they give Carter his due. Carter and Sumrall traveled together for a few years just as World War Two was starting teaching his revelation about the ministry of the Holy Spirit while Sumrall preached as an evangelist. Sumrall wrote about his travels in Lester Sumrall “The Man, The Ministry, The Vision”. This is a fascinating book about someone stepping out in the power of God.
If you want to do a in-depth study on the gifts, you will need to get to know Howard Carter. He has written the best definitions and studies about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Howard Carter was the dean of a Bible school in England who was given an unparalleled revelation about the gifts and nature of the Holy Spirit while he was in prison for being a conscientious objector during World War I. He took this revelation to the church around the world, but it clashed with the raw or unrefined understanding of the Holy Spirit during these early days of the Pentecostal movement. The only thing that convinced people to be open to the balance he brought was the fact that few people were used in the Gifts of the Spirit on his level of proficiency. He only had a couple of books printed, “Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts” and “Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation”. These were transcribed by others from his lectures, but most of his material has been preserved in Kenneth Haginand Lester Sumrall’sown writings on “The Holy Spirit and His Gifts” and “The Gifts & Ministries of The Holy Spirit, for which they give Carter his due. Carter and Sumrall traveled together for a few years just as World War Two was starting teaching his revelation about the ministry of the Holy Spirit while Sumrall preached as an evangelist.
You should get to know Charles S. Price, who was used in healing the sick more than anyone else I have read about. His book “Real Faith for Healing” is perhaps one of the best books on healing I have come across. It contains a rare revelation about yielding to Jesus for the power to heal the sick, rather than doing everything we have learned hoping that something works. You can find some books by him, but his amazing story first came to light for me in –– “The Happiest People on Earth”. This book also contains a first-hand history of the early days of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.
Anything by or about John Wimber would be of value. He was wonderfully used by God in the gifts of the Spirit. I loved this guy and would recommend anything he put in print or that you can find on tape. John Wimber was supernaturally natural and mightily used by the Lord on so many levels. He modeled grace like few others I have seen and was used in the Gifts of the Spirit at such a high level. His wife Carol wrote about book called John Wimber “The Way it Was”
“My Life Story” by Oral Roberts is a little out of print book that powerfully illustrates how to covet earnestly the best gifts and come into your calling. In the earlier editions of his autobiography, you can sense his earnestness to help people come into what God has for us.
“John Alexander Dowie: A Life Story of Trials, Tragedies and Triumphs” by Gordon Lindsay. This book contains both inspiration to press into you call and gifts, and a dire warning about what happens when someone who was powerfully used by the Lord becomes isolated by being elevated too high. This is a sobering read.
by Gordon Lindsay. Lake’s life will inspire you to give your all to advance the Kingdom of God. His boldness to believe God’s word comes through these pages. There are a couple of other small books about Lake that you can find as well.
The author, Gordon Lindsay, personally knew the principal men who were greatly used by the Lord in the early to mid-1900’s. He always presents the most balanced view into their lives and ministries that you will find rather than the enamored view more contemporary historians are prone to. You can trust anything Lindsay has written. He has a number of other books available, which are worth having.
Anything by or about Dr. Charles S. Priceis worth reading. Few people have been used in the gift of healing like Dr. Price. He wrote a wonderful book called “Real Faith for Healing” by Charles S. Price is perhaps one of the best books on healing I have come across. It contains a rare revelation about yielding to Jesus for the power to heal the sick, rather than doing a little bit of everything that we have ever learned hoping something works. I think it is safe to say that Price was used in healing the sick more than anyone else I have read about. There is an amazing story about him and how God used him in “The Happiest People on Earth” by Demos Shakarian, who was the founder of Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International. This book also contains a first-hand history of the early days of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.
Jack Hayford’sbook the "The Beauty of Spiritual Language" is a refreshing book about tongues.
"The Gospel of Healing" by A. B. Simpson is a great read for those trying to get healed or for those who want to understand the inner workings of how healing happens.
My audio book list is located here.
MY FAVORITE ON-LINE STUDY TOOLS
Here are some great study tools and other resources that I have used:
Olive Tree has a great app with a wide range of Bibles and study tools available. This is currently my favorite Bible Study tool.
Bible Study Tools This is a website loaded with lots of great study helps and it is free:
Crosswalk Bible Study tools including many translations and Strong’s Concordance: http://bible.crosswalk.com/
The Parallel Bible: This is a great tool to see the same verse in many different translations.
The Amplified Bible: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+58&version=AMP%20
This site has the Phillips Translation on-line, which is one of my favorite Bible Study tools. http://www.ccel.org/bible/phillips/JBPNT.htm
Scripture Text has the Message on-line: http://scripturetext.com/
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words:
The Unbound Bible” http://unbound.biola.edu/
The Blue Letter Bible” http://www.blueletterbible.org/ Click on Study Tools to find Harmony of the Gospels and many other useful charts and Outlines
e-sword has a free Bible program you can download: http://www.e-sword.net/features.html
Strong’s Concordance: http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html
Easton’s Bible Dictionary: http://www.ccel.org/e/easton/ebd/ebd3.html
Smith’s Bible Dictionary: http://www.studylight.org/dic/sbd/
Naves Topical Bible: http://www.studylight.org/con/ntb/
Thompson Chain Reference: http://www.studylight.org/con/tcr/
YouVersion of the Bible
Pastor's Resource by Rick Warren
MY BOOK LIST
Here is a list of books that have changed my life and I trust they will change yours:
1. “The Memoirs of Charles G. Finney” The first version I read of this was edited by Helen Wessel, which was easy to read and well presented. The edition I have linked here is for more serious students of Finney. His life story and how God used him as a revivalist stands alone. Everyone who aspires to ministry should read this amazing biography.
2. “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew. This book should be required reading for everyone who feels called to ministry. Not only does it powerfully illustrate the fact that God has a tailor-made ministry for each of us, but it powerfully illustrates how to be led by the Lord into our purpose.
3. “I Believe in Visions” by Kenneth E. Hagin. This book contains several visions of Jesus that Hagin had as he began to grow in his ministry. These visions contain invaluable teaching and rare revelation. Almost any book by Hagin will be inspiring and full of great examples, especially his large study books on Faith, Prayer, and the Gifts of the Spirit.
4. “Bruchko” by Bruce Olson is a great book to shape a person’s view of missions and to inspire them to pay the price for the privilege of going. This book is the story of a nineteen-year old from Minnesota who went into a South American jungle to work among a Stone Age tribe.
5. “The Cross and the Switchblade” by David Wilkerson. God used this book to reveal to me that Jesus was still alive and well and working in the earth today just like He did 2000 years ago.
6. “Prison to Praise” by Merlin Carothers. This is a little book that had a big impact on the early Charismatic Movement. It was one of the few really big selling books of that era. It is a simple testimony based around the practical principle of worshipping God in the midst of your troubles, by giving Him thanks, rather than just quickly asking to get out of them.
7. “God Calling” edited by A. J. Russell. This book was written by two ladies who spent time listening to Jesus and writing down whatever He said to them. It is filled with rich insights into the heart of God. I read it over and over the first few years that I walked with the Lord and I am sure it planted seeds that grew into many sermons and inspired me as I grew in the prophetic.
8. “Smith Wigglesworth – Apostle of Faith” When I was a young Christian, this book really inspired me to be determined to walk by faith so I could see the power of God at work wherever I went. The story is about a simple plumber who, after he was endued with power from on high, had the audacity and the integrity to take what Jesus taught and demonstrate it at face value. Over time, he went around the world with this simple message to bring the church more in line with its God-given potential. Wigglesworth’s messages were transcribed and compiled in a book called “Ever Increasing Faith” which is laced with illustrations of the power of prayer.
9. “George Whitfield” by John Pollock. This book gives the best overview on the life of this great young evangelist and gives one a sense of what a real revivalist looks like.
10. “Fresh Wind - Fresh Fire” - What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People by Jim Cymbala. Not only a great read, but it creates vision to build our lives, churches, and ministries upon prayer. I have been down to their Tuesday night prayer meetings many times and consider it one of the best meetings I have ever been to. I also believe this is one of the truly great churches in America today.