Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Number of Pages: 224
Dimensions: 8.40 × 5.50 (inches)
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For anyone seeking to live at the center of God's purposes, this well-loved book points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life.
A classic must-read for readers looking for hope and transformation in the church today, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways - calling us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion - when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice.
Pastor Jim Cymbala knows from personal experience. Back in the early 1970s his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty. Then they began to pray, God began to move, and street-hardened lives by the hundreds were changed with the love of Christ. Today, they are nearly ten thousand strong.
In this twentieth anniversary edition, Cymbala updates the classic stories, including that of his own daughter, Chrissy Cymbala Toledo. He talks about how the church has grown and how God helped the church move from its location on Flatbush Avenue to a larger facility that the growing church couldn't "afford" as God continues to dramatically reshape the life stories of so many people who encounter Christ and the power of the gospel. This message of hope and transformation continues.
Also available in Spanish, Fuego vivo, viento fresco.
I have read this book twice now, once when I was in my early 20's and once more in my early 30's. On a side note, the new 2018 updated edition has way smaller font than the previous edition. The first time I read this book, it lit my prayer life on fire. Jim Cymbala is a man of prayer, who has developed a church culture build on the core value of corporate prayer. There is no other book like Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire that inspires me to pray and catch a vision of a praying church. Nonetheless, there are significant drawbacks to this book. Jim Cymbala has never been formally trained theologically and God has used him mightily despite his lack of seminary education, but there are numerous sentences and points that made me cringe the second time reading it through. He repeatedly pits prayer against the preaching of the Word as if we need to choose one or the other. It is true that churches in North America heavily emphasize bible knowledge and doctrinal preaching and don't take prayer seriously enough, but without the Word, prayer is simply non-Christian. Every other religion emphasizes prayer as well. It's the Word and the Spirit; preaching and prayer. They must go hand-in-hand. Many sentences in the book can be better nuanced and so I find myself having to correct a lot of points in the book as I'm leading a group study right now. Overall, it is a great book to inspire a church/pastor/lay member to pray more, but I recommend supplementing this book with Tim Keller's book on Prayer for a better theology and balance of the Word and prayer together.