Post-Charismatic? A Book Review
‘Post-Charismatic?’ by Rob McAlpine is a very positive book considering that it is aimed primarily at those who may be disillusioned with the charismatic movement. In fact it gives balanced overview of the movement as a whole. McAlpine gives a fair assessment of contentious issues such as faith, prosperity, healing, shepherding and personal prophecies. McAlpine is a Canadian from a Vineyard background. After working through many of these issues himself he is now happy to be part of a charismatic church while working full time with YWAM.
This book outlines the extremes and abuses found in some charismatic circles and does a pretty good job of explaining the way forward. The second half of the book is full of practical advice on how to use the gifts of the Spirit avoiding the pitfalls outlined in the first half. It giving enough historical background on Pentecostalism, the charismatic movement and the Latter Rain movement to keep the average intelligent reader interested but not bogged down. ‘Post-Charismatic?’ interprets the Bible well and applies scriptures sensibly. This book offers both encouragement to seek the Holy Spirit and wisdom in how to use the spiritual gifts.
Books on these issues from charismatic circles often push the charismatic agenda too far. While those from a more conservative background often attack the charismatic movement too ruthlessly. ‘Post-Charismatic?’ takes the middle route. It offers a gentle critique in a conciliatory tone that is honoring to the scriptures, the Holy Spirit and to those involved in the charismatic movement. Highly recommended. 10/10
Please read ‘Post-Charismatic?’ and let me know what you think.