Friday, November 4, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Holy Spirit" by Dr. Larry Ollison

Unlocking the Mysteries
of the Holy Spirit
- Dr. Larry Ollison -
Harrison House Publishers

I've read so many titles from
Dr. Larry Ollison over the last
two years, I haven't had time
to review them all. However,
the subject of the Holy Spirit
remains so vital, I couldn't
let this one slip through the
cracks. Hence, I made time!

Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) — the cornerstone of Christian faith. But while most believers can grasp the basic concept of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son, some tend to get tripped-up on the Holy Spirit — the atmospheric, indwelling presence of God — the promised "helper" who was delivered to believers following Christ's ascension into heaven after his crucifixion, resurrection and 40-day return to earth — also known as Pentecost. Yes, despite all that is written in the Bible regarding the Holy Spirit — including words of encouragement and instruction from Jesus himself, the Holy Spirit remains so foreign, so "weird" to a certain faction of believers that some pastors steer clear of addressing or even acknowledging the existence or relevance of the Godhead's third person.

I remember hosting a Florida social event not too long ago, where I was approached by a likable denominational pastor who was well-known in the area. Shortly after striking up an engaging faith-based conversation, he drove the dialog to his views on how the non-denominational church that I attended at the time embraced the Holy Spirit. In no uncertain terms, he conveyed how the Holy Spirit was not for today's world, and that by praying in the Spirit and walking in the fruits of the Spirit, our congregation was committing blasphemy against God — the "unpardonable" sin. Well, I needed to look no further than Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 2 and 1 Corinthians 12 to realize that this brother was "misguided."

Even with a degree in Bible Studies, I too can occasionally become a bit overwhelmed by certain complexities of this subject — "mysteries," indeed. But what I do "get" is the supernatural power I experience when praying for, and encouraging sick and hurting people while perusing my daily ministry endeavors. Heck, even Jesus said, "I can do nothing on my own."

Fortunately, in his typical engaging and conversational style, Dr. Larry Ollison tackles and breaks down all aspects of this hot potato topic successfully in his book, Unlocking the Mysteries of the Holy Spirit. Ollison lays out his message in plain and simple language that even an old school Van Halen freak like myself can consume and process easily. As always, Ollison's message is illustrated frequently by his own personal, compelling life experiences and re-enforced by seemingly endless relevant Scriptures. A truly riveting read, I took my time with this one, spending weeks pouring over every page as Ollison methodically rolled out such key bullet points as the fruits of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit and SO much more! And yes, the Holy Spirit IS still with us and as relevant as ever.

In sum, the "mysteries" of the Holy Spirit don't have to remain "mysterious." Thanks to Larry Ollison we now have a "key" — an Everyman guide to "unlocking" those "mysteries." And for me, this book serves as a thorough,  must-have, constant go-to reference source.

-Christopher Long
(November 2016)


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