Praying in Tongues: The Power of God and Gifts of the Spirit Increased! – John Boruff

I’ve been doing some studies recently on how to increase the POWER OF GOD in a Christian’s life. FASTING AND PRAYER plays a huge role, as Franklin Hall’s Atomic Power with God clearly shows. But on the other hand, so does the practice of PRAYING IN TONGUES. I don’t fully understand the mystery of praying in tongues quite yet–or why there would be a direct link between praying in tongues and increasing the power of God. But if this is so, then I want to learn it all the more. Here is a bibliography of Charismatic books on the power of praying in tongues. I advise against reading Morton Kelsey’s Tongue Speaking (1968), which has a “psychic” New Age spin on it. The following books are only orthodox Charismatic books.

After researching a bit on this bibliography, I want to point special attention to Larry Christenson, who also in 1968, released his book called Speaking in Tongues (renamed below). It had a profound impact on the Charismatic Renewal in the Lutheran church as well as in other circles.

“Speaking in tongues” can come in different forms. (1) It can come as an ecstatic prophetic utterance that needs to be interpreted. (2) It can come as a foreign earthly language unknown to the speaker. (3) It can come as a form of ecstatic prayer–used for building up the spirit man, and increases the supernatural, prophetic, and miraculous power in the life of the believer. It is this third use of tongues that I am interested in learning more about. Healers and prophets are more qualified to teach on such topics. This is why I want to point special attention to Mahesh Chavda, Kenneth Hagin, Bill Hamon, Charles and Frances Hunter, and Don Nori. All of these people have moved in either the prophetic or healing ministries. But Chavda, Hagin, and the Hunters more so in healing–also Gordon Lindsay. But because healing is usually of a higher order than the prophetic, because it depends on the prophetic for its functioning, I’m inclined to believe that healers should have even greater insight into the mystery of praying in tongues. For this reason, I want to lay an extra special emphasis on the names of Mahesh Chavda, Charles and Frances Hunter, Kenneth Hagin, and Gordon Lindsay.

But let’s narrow it down even further! Chavda is a powerful healer, but his tongues book is only 176 pages–the standard length of tongues books. Gordon Lindsay was involved in the 1950s Healing Revival–but his tongues booklet is no more than 35 pages. This leaves us with the healers Kenneth Hagin and Charles and Frances Hunter. Both Hagin and the Hunters believed in Word of Faith teachings, which I don’t agree with on all points. But they were also both highly prophetic and highly gifted in the area of healing. Also, Hagin’s book on tongues is the longest I’ve found–a total of 353 PAGES!!! That’s a lot of revelation on the topic of tongues! Twice as much as most books on the subject usually have. Then you have the Hunters–who were more renowned than Hagin for being involved in the healing ministry. Their book on tongues is a total of 292 pages! Equally impressive!

So, if I were to recommend two main books to start with on the topic of tongues, I would have to point you to…

(1) Charles and Frances Hunter’s Why Should “I” Speak in Tongues? (1976)
(2) Kenneth Hagin’s Tongues: Beyond the Upper Room (2007)

And also, Mahesh Chavda and Gordon Lindsay’s books, and all of the others in bold text.

FURTHER READING ON SPEAKING IN TONGUES.

Arekion, Glenn. The Power of Praying in Tongues, 2010.
Bach, Marcus. The Inner Ecstasy: The Power and the Glory of Speaking in Tongues, 1969. [Theological]–interfaith?; New Age pluralist?
Basham, Don. Tongues, Interpretation, & Prophecy, 1971.
Begho, Philip. Tongues Aflame: Speak More in Tongues!, 2003.
Bennett, Dennis. How to Pray for the Release of the Holy Spirit, 1985. [Theological]
Chavda, Mahesh. The Hidden Power of Praying in Tongues, 2003.
Christenson, Larry. Answering Your Questions About Speaking in Tongues, 1968. [Theological]
Freeman, Hobart. Why Speak in Tongues?: The Christian’s Three-Fold Ministry Through Prayer in the Spirit, 1969.
Gillies, George and Harriet. The Power of the Holy Spirit, 1997.
Hamon, Bill. 70 Reasons for Speaking in Tongues: Your Own Built In Spiritual Dynamo, 2010. 216 pages! [note: a “dynamo” is an electrical power generator]
Hayford, Jack. The Beauty of Spiritual Language: Unveiling the Mystery of Speaking in Tongues, 1996. 204 pages!
Hays, Norvel. Why You Should Speak in Tongues, 2002.
Hogue, Richard. Tongues: A Theological History of Christian Glossolalia, 2010. 272 pages!
Jennings II, Al. Unlocking the Mystery of Tongues, 2001.
Liardon, Roberts. Why the Devil Doesn’t Want You to Pray in Tongues, 1999.
Lindsay, Gordon. 30 Objections to Speaking in Other Tongues and the Bible Answer, 1975.
McDougal, Harold. Speaking in Tongues: Understanding the Uses and Abuses of This Supernatural Phenomena, 2009.
Nori, Don. You Can Pray in Tongues, 2009.
Pizzimenti, David. Tongues: Scriptural Answers to Common Objections, 1997.
Schep, J. A. Spirit Baptism and Tongue Speaking, 1970. [Theological]
Sherrill, John. They Speak with Other Tongues, 1964.

TONGUES AND THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT (CHARISMATIC).

Bennett, Dennis and Rita. The Holy Spirit and You, 1971.
Bradford, B. Releasing the Power of the Holy Spirit, 1983.
Christensen, Larry. Answering Your Questions About Speaking in Tongues, 1968.
——-. The Charismatic Renewal Among Lutherans, 1976.

Clark, S. Baptized in the Spirit and Spiritual Gifts, 1976.
Cox, Harvey. Fire From Heaven, 1995.
Ervin, H. M. These Are Not Drunken, As Ye Suppose, 1976.
Frost, R. M. Set My Spirit Free, 1973.
Gelpi, D. Pentecostalism: A Theological Viewpoint, 1971.
Hamilton, M. P., ed. The Charismatic Movement, 1975.
Horton, Stanley. What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit, 1976.
Hunter, H. D. Spirit-Baptism, 1983.
Kendrick, K. The Promise Fulfilled, 1961.
Martin, F. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit: A Scriptural Foundation, 1986.
McDonnell, Kilian. The Holy Spirit and Power, 1975.
Menzies, R. P. The Spirit in Luke-Acts, 1994.
O’Conner, E. The Pentecostal Movement in the Catholic Church, 1971.
Ranaghan, K. and D. Catholic Pentecostals, 1969.
Riggs, R. M. The Spirit Himself, 1949.
Schep, J. A. Spirit Baptism and Tongue Speaking, 1970.
Williams, J. Rodman. The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, 1980.
——-. Renewal Theology, 1996.

FROM “GLOSSOLALIA” ARTICLE IN NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF PENTECOSTAL AND CHARISMATIC MOVEMENTS

Horton, Wade, ed. The Glossolalia Phenomenon, 1966.
Hunter, H. D. Spirit-Baptism, 1983.
MacDonald, William. Glossolalia in the New Testament, n.d.
Martin, I. J. Glossolalia in the Apostolic Church, 1960.
McDonnell, Kilian. Charismatic Renewal and the Churches, 1976.
Mills, W. E. Glossolalia: A Bibliography, 1985.
——-. Speaking in Tongues: A Guide to Research on Glossolalia, 1986.
Sherrill, John. They Speak with Other Tongues, 1964.
Williams, C. G. Tongues of the Spirit, 1981.

CLASSIC PENTECOSTAL VIEW OF “BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” TAKEN FROM NOTES OF STANLEY HORTON’S VIEW IN PERSPECTIVES ON SPIRIT BAPTISM: FIVE VIEWS

Basham, Don. A Handbook on Holy Spirit Baptism, 1972. [Charismatic].
Brumback, Carl. What Meaneth This?, 1947.
Chavda, Mahesh. The Hidden Power of Praying in Tongues, 2003. [Charismatic].
Dalton, Robert. Tongues Like as of Fire, 1945.
Frodsham, Stanley. With Signs Following, 1941.
MacDonald, William. Glossolalia in the New Testament, n.d.
Ervin, Howard. These Are Not Drunken, As Ye Suppose, 1976.  [Charismatic].
Wallis, Arthur. Pray in the Spirit, 1977. [Charismatic].
Horton, Harold. The Gifts of the Spirit, 1934.

CLASSIC PENTECOSTAL VIEW TAKEN FROM VINSON SYNAN’S THE HOLINESS-PENTECOSTAL TRADITION, PP. 148-149

Parham, Charles. Kol Kare Bomidbar, 1902.
Taylor, G. F. The Spirit and the Bride, 1907.
King, J. H. From Passover to Pentecost, 1914.
Lawrence, B. F. The Apostolic Faith Restored, 1916.
Frodsham, Stanley. With Signs Following, 1941.

OTHER EARLY PENTECOSTAL BOOKS.

Martin, Larry, ed. The Topeka Outpouring of 1901.

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About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of WesleyGospel.com, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Wesleyan-Arminian Reformed Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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3 Responses to Praying in Tongues: The Power of God and Gifts of the Spirit Increased! – John Boruff

  1. holyyoly says:

    tongues the ultimate power for today

  2. i want follow you on line healing ministries
    am blessed by your ministries

  3. David Eitmann says:

    The absolute best book ever written on speaking in tongues was left off of this list. The Walk of the Spirit – The Walk of Power by Pastor Dave Roberson. One of the most life changing books I have ever read. The book can be downloaded for free on Amazon.

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