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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Enjoying God Ministries; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977173909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977173907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam has spent 39 years in ministry as a pastor, professor and author. He was visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College from 2000-2004, and is currently Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. He has authored 22 books and founded Enjoying God Ministries. He's a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) and The University of Texas (Ph.D.). He and his wife Ann have been married for 40 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren. On a more personal level, Sam loves baseball, books, movies, and anything to do with the Oklahoma Sooners.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Shannon L. Lewis on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Let it be known that I am a HUGE fan of Sam Storms - he is placed on the top of my bookshelf along with my other favorite authors, along-side others like John Piper, Wayne Grudem, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Driscoll, and Jonathan Edwards. Having read his 4 latest books (many of his others are currently out of print, though I hear "Chosen by God" is being updated and re-released later this year), I must say that this is not his best. Yes, the content is good, and much needed, and ANYONE - and I do mean ANYONE - who is struggling to find their place in this spiritual world in the midsts of asking simultaneous questions about both the sovereignty of God and the proper practice of the spiritual gifts will have a lot to benefit from in reading this. However, if you're a skeptic of either, this book will not convince you. Personally, I would like to see Convergence put in the hands of an excellent editor, moving entire sections of the book around (ideally, following chapter 1, the last half of the book which addresses more doctrinal issues, would do well being moved towards the front, or interspersed between segments of Sam's personal story), and helping to clarify some sentances, and simply fixing a few grammatical errors, then reprinted in a second - updated edition. Apart from that, however, Storms is worth listening to, and this is still a worthy addition to your library, especially if you're asking the same questions that Sam is addressing here.

p.s. - and afterward, if you haven't read "A Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Gifts" or "Pleasures Evermore", you absolutely must. There are clearly Sam's best in-print work to date!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike Parks on June 11, 2010
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The attempt to converge Calvinistic theology with heartfelt worship is commendable! The book reads as a fast paced novel and overall Storms has produced a significant amount of material to help people know Christ. However, I found myself disappointed over some of the ways he described certain acts of the Spirit in his biography section. Prior to presenting the list, I would like you to know that I embrace Reformed theology, remain open, but cautious in regards to the gifts, and do not believe they have ceased. To help other readers understand the things Storms is advocating here are a couple points I found troubling...

1. His daughter saw a physical demon inside their home
2. Several strange dreams were obscurely linked to life events
3. His wife saw an angel
4. His wife heard chimes in the house while awake and Sam did while asleep
5. There was a demon possessed man in the church that produced a strong odor
6. Dreamed about a demon breaking into the house and biting their children. In the morning the children had bite marks on them
7. Prophecy was described more like fortune telling (Nothing like the way Wayne Grudem presents it)

The section on merging the word and Sprit is admirable and provides some guidance on converging. At the same time, he paints a picture of our non-charismatic brothers a little too lifeless. The last section addresses "He is there and He's still not silent" where he interacts with how God speaks to his people. He affirms God speaks primarily through his word, but argues he also speaks directly (not audibly) and not in a way that one should grab a pen and add the 67th book to the Bible.

While there is much here to commend and Storms overall ministry is solid, I would not recommend this particular book.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. Simmons on March 8, 2006
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This is a great book. Sam Storms has shown that a passion for Truth and a desire for experiential manifestations of the Truth are not at odds with one another, at least they should not be. Storms shares some absolutely amazing in-breaking(s) of the Kingdom of God that he has witnessed that should encourage all believers alike. If you are reformed in your soteriology and think that this means you must be a cessationist, think again. Storms is a gift to the body of Christ. Storms is one of those individuals whom God in His providence is using to help unite the body of Christ. If you have been blessed by Grudem, Piper, and Mahaney than I think that you will be blessed by the writings of this man who has a passion for the supremacy of God in all things.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Fast on August 22, 2006
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I wrote a commentary about two years ago, posted below, when I believed I was the only Christian in the world thinking along the lines of Charismatic Calvinism. This past summer I learned that not only am I not the only Charismatic Calvinist, but that the movement started over twenty years ago. I have been on my own journey toward the same conclusions explored in Convergence. This journey has often been one of discouragment, and loneliness.

Convergence was very encouraging to me in this journey. It has clarified issues that I had already begun to understand, and given answers I didn't have yet. I strongly encourage you to buy this book. So many Christians need to read it, especially pastors. Hopefully my commentary here will help you understand the importance of Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist.

The Charismatic movement and the Calvinist movement are two distinct halves of Christianity. Both are true in their own respects, but both are dead wrong in their rejection of each others' beliefs. The two need to come together to form a whole and complete Christianity. Only then will we have true New Testament Christianity.

The real crux of this whole issue is twofold: 1) Cessationists acknowledge that the church is built on the foundation laid down by the ministry of apostles and prophets as spelled out in the New Testament. However, they insist that this foundation was laid at a singular point in history (during the NT period) and is in no way continual or constant. Charismatics insist that it is continual through the church age.

2) Charismatics acknowledge that God laid the foundation of the church further through the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. However, the Reformation is little more than a historical fact to them.
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