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Seven Spirits Burning by John Crowder - A Book Review
on July 7, 2011
This is the second book I've read by John Crowder. If you read my last review of his book Mystical Union. You know going into this that John and I don't see eye to eye on everything. So I'm proceeding into Seven Spirits Burning maybe even more cautiously than I did with Mystical Union.
I'm pleased to say that the book was much better. John Crowder explores the idea that the "seven spirits", found in the apostle John's vision in the book of Revelation, are the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit is seven-in-one as the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) are three-in-one.
While this is the premis Crowder sets up, it really doesn't get explored in that fashion. He uses the visual example of an almond tree and a menorah to talk about the seven "operations" of the Holy Spirit. These seven "Spirits of God" according to Crowder are found in the book of Isaiah:
1. The Spirit of the Lord
2-3. The Spirit of Wisdom & Understanding
4-5. The Spirit of Counsel & Might
6. The Spirit of Knowledge
7. The Fear of the Lord
The book goes on to talk through each of these 7 "Spirits of God" and how they each manifest themselves in our lives. Crowder brings up a bit of the "believe it and it will be" theology from Mystical Union and briefly speaks on how sanctification is not a process again.
While I'm still not sold on a lot of Crowder's theology I did enjoy this work. He dives deep into scripture and comes up with some excellent thoughts and questions concerning the Holy Spirit and the "Spirits of God".
If you're into pneumatology I'd give it a read, but wouldn't use it as a source for a paper. : )