A review of Sam Storms’s book: “Practicing the Power”
I am a Christian, raised in a Pentecostal church, and pursuing credentials with the Assemblies of God. Acknowledging these three facts up front, my perspective on this book may be biased when I say that Dr. Storms’s Practicing the Power is a practical how-to guide for pastors and church leaders who feel called truly to follow the exhortations in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 about the use of “spiritual gifts” in the church setting. Having been raised in this doctrine, there was nothing that surprised me or caught me off guard. I will most likely keep a copy of this book for reference.
Storms takes on a tone that is both endearing and avuncular as he takes the reader through different aspects of the spiritual gifts and how they may be used in the church setting. Each chapter is filled with scripture references, explanations, and personal examples from Storms’s experiences in ministry to help the reader who may be interested in the topic and in a position to lead a congregation in the direction of a more charismatic service. Each chapter is also full of references to other texts to provide further foundation or insights. This is also where I found one of my big problems with the book.
Four years ago, Storms wrote a book called The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts, which he references quite extensively with notes that the reader should see his earlier book for more information. This book should come with a front-cover disclaimer which tells the reader to read The Beginner’s Guide first. I have never read it; I do not know for sure what is in it. I am sure that as a pair, these two books could be even more dynamic and useful as teaching tools. But without what seems like a missing piece to the puzzle for this book, I felt like something was missing. So let me say this: Read The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts first, and if you are on board, then read Practicing the Power.
This book reflects the passion and fervor Dr. Storms has, both as a biblical theologian and Charismatic Christian. There are many good teaching points in this book, which I am sure would only be more impactful if the reader had read his earlier book first.
I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for publishing a review of it. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.