Book Review: Secret Power

Secret Power:  The Secret Of Success In Christian Life And Work, by Dwight L. Moody

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Relatively frequently, at least once or twice a month, I get a surprise package, usually without any warning, from this publisher with their books inside.  Included in a recent package was this particular book, one of several I have read by this author [1].  I was admittedly puzzled before reading about the subject matter of the book, but upon starting it the subject matter of the book was very clear.  That is not to say that I agreed with everything that was in the book, but at the very least one knew exactly where the author was coming from and what his perspective was.  Given my own differences with the author concerning my perspective on the subject of the book, I was surprised that I agreed with as much of it as I did, and I can see why this book on the Holy Spirit and its importance to believers and to churches was rereleased, as it has a lot to say to our day and age where it can be justly said that the power of the Spirit appears weak in much of Christendom.

This short book of 125 pages is written about the power of the Holy Spirit.  The author begins with the fairly obvious truth that this power comes from God and not from ourselves.  The author talks about how some people try to stir themselves up and how the world itself recognizes the power of the Spirit because it longs to be filled from that which is already full, and we cannot help the world without God first filling us.  This is something, it should be noted, that is often forgotten when it comes to the social justice efforts of our day.  After this, the author talks about how the Holy Spirit is both power upon us and in us, how we witness about our Lord and Savior through the power of the Spirit as was done by Peter and Stephen and the early Church.  The author talks about the power of the Spirit in operation in our lives and then talks in the last chapter about how this power can be grieved or resisted.  It appears that then, as is the case now, there are many who are worried about having committed the unpardonable sin without having committed it.  The author’s reminder that we should focus on God’s glory and not our own is one that many contemporary ministers would do well to emulate.

This book begins in an interesting place, using the almost certainly fraudulent Johanine pericope of John 5:7-8 to attempt to demonstrate the Trinity and defend the Holy Spirit as a being rather than as something else.  Therefore, the book set me on edge from the very beginning, considering how abrupt the beginning was.  In fact, it is likely that textual criticism about John 5 may have led the author to begin with that passage as a way of turning it back on the audience.  There seems to be a fair bit about this book that is at least a little bit combative when it comes to the Holy Spirit and its operations.  In many ways, the focus on the Holy Spirit as being power and as being the reality of intimacy with God is something that I well understand and appreciate, and something that I think the author does well to focus on.  Ultimately, and thankfully, this is not a book that is a theological study of the Trinity as a doctrine–which would likely have been a terrible read–but is a work about the practical workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, and that is certainly a book worthy to be read and meditated over.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/06/25/book-review-how-to-study-the-bible/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/06/02/book-review-a-life-for-christ/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/12/02/book-review-the-overcoming-life/

About nathanalbright

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