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About the Author

Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When God’s People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award–winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.



Jennifer Schuchmann is a News York Times bestselling author of numerous books and he host of the television program Right Now with Jennifer Schuchmann.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 2.2.2012 edition (March 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310241251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310241256
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard Burkey Lifelong Learner on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Only the Holy Spirit can make the things of Christ real and alive to people," writes Jim Cymbala in his new book, Spirit Rising. As Francis Chan puts it in the Foreword, "This book is not about asking for the Holy Spirit's help. It is about asking Him to take over."

With the passion of an Old Testament prophet, Cymbala writes with a Biblical foundation and stories of life transformation. The power of the Holy Spirit is not a phenomenon of 2,000 years ago, but the potential transforming power of the Holy Spirit in one's life today. The book is divided into 3 parts:

1. God's Agent on Earth

In this first part, Cymbala looks at who the Holy Spirit is. He sees the Holy Spirit as being "underappreciated and underpreached in the twenty-first-century church." He seeks to give the Holy Spirit "His due".

I appreciate his emphasis on the work of the Spirit. The Bible is clear about the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in one's life. The activity of the Spirit is not limited to the stories of the Scriptures, but are seen in the transforming work He does through the Scriptures in changing lives.

2. When God's Spirit Moves

When God's Spirit moves the Word of God comes alive in the lives of people. Joy becomes a reality in life no matter the circumstances and Cymbala uses some dire circumstances in people's lives to show how joy still came through.

When God's Spirit moves there is power and there is love. As God's people gather in prayer and immerse themselves in the Word, they hear the Spirit speak and they see the Spirit move.

3. When We Surrender to the Holy Spirit

Remember this is book is not about getting the Holy Spirit's help in life, it is surrendering to the Holy Spirit's work.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Carty on March 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I truly thank God for allowing me to read this book at this time. I feel so recharged and blessed by it. Pastor Cymbala truly reminds us of the importance of the Holy Spirit controlling our lives. I love the testimonies, I was truly blown away by the stories they touched me deeply, some even made me cry. I encourage everyone to read this book it is truly a life changing book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tobin B. Crenshaw on July 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ok, I got my undergrad and grad degree in theology. Now that and a nickel will still not get you a cup of coffee. However, my undergrad was in a Baptist college. One day they asked Cymbala to come and speak to the whole college about prayer.

In short, Baptist and Charismatic is a match made in hell, fraught with the potential to explode. (If you don't know, Baptists believe Pentecostals are basically crazy or possessed.)

So anyway, Cymbala begins to share about a life changing experience of a man who was a drug dealer and abused his wife. The man was slowly and dramatically changed by the Spirit of God during a service.

As Cymbala shared in front of 5000 people, you could culpably feel the Spirit of God begin to move through the auditorium. I have not before nor since had that experience.

Jim Cymbala is just the vessel, however the Spirit moves in him. He is on the front lines of ghettos and violent neighborhoods. I have all of his books and they all bring me to tears about what is possible in Christ. Read Spirit Rising, you won't find a better guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tina on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala

Jim Cymbala is the pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York. A couple of years ago I read his book Fresh Wind Fresh Fire which is about how his church got its start. Spirit Rising is about how to keep a church alive.
The premise behind Spirit Rising is how to get more Holy Spirit in your life. There are numerous stories about the workings of the Holy Spirit, as well as plenty of scripture to remind us why we should want the Holy Spirit in our lives.
I really enjoyed this book, because it reminded me of the fact that there have been times in my life when I had more Holy Spirit than in previous months. It served as a jumping off point for my relationship with the Spirit. And as Cymbala makes clear over and over again, if this is something that you want to experience and increase in your life, you're just going to have to do it. He makes it clear that if you want the Holy Spirit in your life you need to ask God for His Spirit, pray for it, read scripture, and then wait.
My favorite part of Spirit Rising is probably when Cymbala relays stories about the Spirit falling like the dew of heaven. The idea of waiting on the Lord is one of those disciplines that not only have we lost as a culture, but it is also low on the list of priorities of reclaiming. Cymbala reminds us that this should not be.
If you are looking for a reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit today, I would recommend this book. If you are new to the faith or have never experienced the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, I'd also recommend it. This is an invitation to a life on fire for God.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan for the purpose of reviewing. I was not compensated for my opinions.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Reich on September 27, 2012
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For my sermon this week at Revolution on Ephesians 1:15 - 23 I read through Jim Cymbala's book Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit. While I don't agree with all of Cymbala's theology, when it comes to the Holy Spirit, he has truly seen some incredible things. I'm always challenged by books or sermons by people of great faith, prayer warriors so to speak. Cymbala is one of those people.

I've been convinced of what Cymbala talks about in this book in my own life and in the lives of many Christians. We just don't see the Spirit working like it is recorded in the New Testament. Think about, does your life, prayer life, courage, boldness, evangelism, does it look anything like the book of Acts? If I'm honest, most of the time my life doesn't read like a page from Acts.

For many Christians though, we don't see the Holy Spirit work in our lives, because we aren't sure what He does. Here are just a few things from Scripture about what the Holy Spirit does:

-The Spirit helps us speak when we are in precarious situations and need to bear witness (Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12).
-The Spirit teaches and reminds us of what we need to know and remember. He is our comforter, our advisor, our encourager, and our strength. He guides us in the way we should go (Psalm 143:10; John 14 - 16; Acts 9:31, 13:2, 15:28; 1 Corinthians 2:9 - 10; 1 John 5:6 - 8).
-From the Spirit we receive power to be God's witnesses to the ends of the earth. It is the Spirit who draws people to the gospel, the Spirit who equips us with the strength we need to accomplish God's purposes. The Holy Spirit not only initially draws people to God, He also draws believers closer to Jesus (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 3:16 - 19).
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