Saturday, April 12, 2008

Post-Charismatic Officially Released!

This coming Monday, I should have a small box with copies of Post-Charismatic? showing up on my doorstep.

After all this time of editing and proofing, it seems very surreal to think "over in the United Kingdom, in faith I believe that a book I wrote has been published".

What makes it surreal is that I haven't actually held a copy in my own hands, nor is it released in North America, although the day for both is approaching quickly as well. So, while I mentally understand that Post-Charismatic has been officially released, the geography involved makes it almost seem unreal.

Finding an online bookstore in the U.K. that carries the book helped with that strange sense of unreality. As soon as it's available in North America (Amazon, etc.), I'll be sure to let y'all know!

Blurb from the back cover:

'Charismatic' is a loaded word. For some it's old-hat, for others it's unknown, and for still others it's dangerous. But for a growing number, it's a bad dream they want to forget.

Rob McAlpine writes for all these, but especially for the last category – those who embraced charismatic renewal with hope and excitement, only to be found picking themselves up off the floor after years of disappointment, disillusionment and even spiritual abuse.

Rob deals with facts before venturing an opinion. Carefully he steers us through the relevant history, looking in depth at the 'Latter Rain' movement, teaching on 'shepherding', and the prosperity 'gospel' that ultimately brought pain and disillusionment to so many. Then, aware that it's often easier to criticize than to construct, he explores possible ways forward to a more mature expression of spirituality and a shared life together as disciples of Christ today.
"Rob McAlpine writes with a positive and constructive voice. He shows us that the answer to misuse or excess concerning the Holy Spirit is not 'no use' but right use. For burned-out and hurt former charismatics, Post-Charismatic? leads the way forward toward a mature and sane re-engagement with the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Post-charismatic is not post-Holy Spirit, it is a call for post-weirdness."

Todd Hunter
National Director - Alpha USA
Former National Director Vineyard Churches USA

These next few months should be interesting!

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