We are marching on with the Top Ten Books that I read in 2013. The next several books that I will review all had a tendency to be lumped together. The reality is that all of them could have been ranked anywhere from 4th-10th and I have chosen to put this one in the eighth place. I purchased this book when I went into “enemy” territory in the fall of 2012. I attended a workshop on expository preaching that was a two-day event. In fact, two of the primary speakers at the recent conference that took aim at the Pentecostal/Charismatic were at this one I attended last fall. As for the recent conference that put their sights on us, my personal thoughts is that a very broad bush was used to characterize what I would refer to as classical Pentecostals which is the category that I would fall into. Some of the things that they dealt with I have never been in a place where such practices took place and my exposure to them has primarily been media related. However, once you get past all the noise and prejudice that surrounded the event, there were some very valid questions and criticisms that were raised. I would also note that the workshop that I attended that I was treated with great hospitality even after they discovered my doctrinal views. So I would gather that the majority of the rank-and-file men do not have the same reactionary behavior that some of the leaders do.
This book was a purchase that I bought because I judged the cover. I know that you aren’t supposed to do that but it has a compelling cover and the title is also very stimulating. It is also a relatively short book that comes in at around 175 pages. Do not confuse this author with Mike Bickel who is one of the leaders in the Charismatic movement who is attached to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.