Review: Here in Spirit

Jeff Howard reviews "Here in Spirit" by Jonathan Dodson.

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Here in Spirit

By Jonathan Dodson (IVP)

“He’s not given nearly enough press.” This statement about the Holy Spirit is the driving focus of Jonathan Dodson’s new book, Here In Spirit, in which he emphasizes the role of the Spirit in the everyday lives of Christians.

Dodson, founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, does a great job in writing an accessible book that can be understood by anyone picking it up. Here In Spirit is full of encouragement to see the Holy Spirit less as a spiritual force and more as a person to relate to and seek after.

Dodson does not dive into a heady theology about the nature or gifts of the Holy Spirit, but he does give several examples from his own experience as to what a life dependent on the Holy Spirit looks like. That is Dodson’s stated aim in writing this book. There is no interest in helping readers navigate controversial teachings that surround a focus on the Holy Spirit but rather an intentionality to help the reader pray, suffer, worship and rejoice in the work of the Holy Spirit.

With a large number of pop culture references, everything from Arcade Fire lyrics to Ready Player One, this book is valuable for those seeking a light-hearted and non-confrontational read that still challenges them to be more aware of what the Holy Spirit is doing in and around them.

Jeff Howard, minister of students
First Baptist Church

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