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  • Series: The Beginner's Guide to
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; Rev Upd edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830746021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830746026
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

What is the gift of prophecy? Who has it? What is its purpose? How can you hear what God has to say to His people? In The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy, Jack Deere describes the spiritual gift at work in the Church today. You’ll find a balanced overview of the role prophecy plays in the twenty-first-century Church as well as practical guidance for discerning prophetic authenticity and for exercising the gift in your faith community. You’ll learn how God speaks today, how to understand His messages, how to avoid deception and false prophets, and how to grow your gift to benefit God’s people. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced prophetic minister, Dr. Deere’s honest and thoughtful exploration of this biblical gift will equip you to hear what God is saying.

About the Author

JACK DEERE brings practical wisdom to Christians through his teaching ministry, drawing from his experience as a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, pastor of several churches, and author of bestselling books, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit and Surprised by the Voice of God.  He is dean of the extension schools in the Wagner Leadership Institute and executive director of Covenant Ministries International.

 


More About the Author

Jack Deere, formerly an associate professor of Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, is a writer and lecturer who speaks throughout the world on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is the author of the best-selling book, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit.

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The book was informative and it was an easy read.
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I highly recommend this book to those of you who want a better understanding of prophesy along with an increased desire for this gift from the Holy Spirit.
Nickolas R. Greising
If you want to read a book on prophecy that is simple, full of real-life stories and practical application then this is the book for you.
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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Will Riddle on February 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
Here is a little further perspective on this book; Jack Deere is a former cessastionist scholar who encountered God in a dramatic way and was mentored by John Wimber and Paul Cain. I've read all or part of several other books on the prophetic, but this one is special because of its Spirit:
Mike Bickle's book helps you relax and believe that prophecy is normal.
Bill Hamon gives you the ins and outs of almost every question or situation you could imagine about the operation of the gift
Steve Thompson's "You may all Prophesy" is really excellent at as a practical introduction-- covering all the bases of how God speaks, and the stopping places most people hit.
But Jack Deere's book actually made me cry at least once. There is such a revelation of humility and reverence for God that your eyes will opened to see prophecy in a whole new light. Not as a thing, but you will taste the Spirit of the Person who is Prophecy.
If you are burned out from the false prophets and failures since the Latter Rain, or if you are concerned that prophecy and prophets are just too weird and that it doesn't seem like the right Spirit, read this book. In fact, if you have any interest in speaking prophetically, please read this, and then move on to some of the other great books.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Eldon Raley on March 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
For some time now I have been on the edge of the prophetic ministry, trying the gift, making mistakes, being humiliated, being encouraged but not giving up. Thanks to Jack Deere I have been greatly encouraged by this book. I am not placing myself in the same league with these great men of God but it helps to know that they have gone and are going through the same things. The book addressed more than the Prophetic. It is full of deep spiritual truths that bring revelations which are useful in anyones Christian walk. Thank you Jack.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Troy Peterson on November 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I truly was refreshed by reading this book. I love the practical insight and humility that this book displays. If you ever had a desire to move in the prophectic this book will encourage the process. "Pursue Love , and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy" (1 Corinthians 14:1). Very well written and balanced theologically. Excellent!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Elliott-Oleary on September 22, 2007
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I have read other books about Prophecy and honestly most have been quacky and out of line with Christian scripture. Jack Deer's book was great, he explains what true Prophecy is, the good, the bad and the humiliating aspect of it. I can not stress how informative yet entertaining this book was. He is a very good writer and by the end of the book you have a feel for his character and personality. The book never contradicts the Bible and is well worth reading.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Culbertson on July 10, 2006
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Awesome, practical, balanced, scholarly, warm, positive, handbook on developing the gift of prophecy; from a former fundamentalist scholar/professor (OT; Dallas Seminary). Must reading if God has gifted you in the prophetic, or you want to pursue the gift; with case studies, personal experiences, insights Dr. Deere got from being up close to heavy-weight and life-long prophetic persons. Shows how to activate and start developing in the prophetic without becoming offensive, weird, intrusive, negative, out of control, etc. Any church would enjoy having the prophetically-gifted in their midst if Deere's inspired guidelines were followed. Bishop Pytches said of Jack's scholarship (and I completely concur): 'This wise, balanced, very readable and practical book from a Bible-loving academic is full of common sense, healthy warnings and correctives, encouragements and illustrations...one of the best I have read.'

Dr. Deere is the balanced, savvy, and hi-IQ scholar you were looking for to help move you out of the "Bible's yellowed pages" into a supernatural walk of hearing and living under the 24/7 coaching/voice of God, without openly offending, becoming unbalanced in over-emphasis on emotion/experience over the authority of Scripture. Must reading for anyone "surprised by the voice of God/surprized by the power of the Spirit."

Addendum: Plan A Cessationalist Group: "Gifts like this ceased in 1st century." Plan B Charismatic Group: "Yeah, they may have ceased on a experientially-my church level; but have always been available theologically.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas R. Greising on October 25, 2007
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I have felt the potential for the prophetic calling on my life so I really wanted to get down to the core questions surrounding prophecy. Rather than going into a how-to manual which you might expect from a book entitled "The Beginner's Guide," Jack Deere describes his journey from a skeptic to a firm believer reassuring our readers that the prophetic voice of God is just as loud today as it was 2,000 years ago. Reading the testimonies of how God spoke through His prophets made me intensify my prayers to God in accordance with Paul when he encourages us to actively seek the gift of prophesy. I highly recommend this book to those of you who want a better understanding of prophesy along with an increased desire for this gift from the Holy Spirit.
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