Conservative Books on Miraculous Gifts – John Boruff

I regard both Protestant and Catholic publishers to have good light to shine on the nature of miraculous gifts. Although I reject Marian dogmas, prayers to saints, Purgatory, and extreme asceticism, I still believe there is a great deal of written material that shows evidence of the true Holy Spirit at work in the lives of certain Catholic saints, which informed the Catholic charismatic books below, usually with the language of mysticism. The Catholic Church is the natural habitat for charismatic Christianity. After the Protestant Reformation, it became harder to find charismatics that held to Protestant beliefs. Only during revivals did they appear and then disappear into obscurity. The list of books below is the most conservative that I can think of with regard to Protestant and Catholic views of miraculous gifts. All of them are charismatic. For the sake of curiosity, I am going to provide a numbering system below for the frequency of certain publishers’ names, so as to bring them to light. These books are the result of years of rumination on this subject. Only those with a “3” and above will be highlighted in red. The blue “H” means available in hardcover, which usually means its publication was more costly, and was taken more seriously. Paulist Press is the most attention getting, for me, of the Catholic charismatic publishers on miraculous gifts. They are the ones that do the “Classics of Western Spirituality” series; on the Protestant side, we have Gospel Publishing House (GPH), which is the publishing wing of the Assemblies of God; and HarperCollins, which is very mainstream and published John Wimber’s Power series as well as Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline and Prayer. It comes out that there is significant representation of these three denominations: 

  • The Roman Catholic Church
  • The Assemblies of God
  • The Association of Vineyard Churches


Paulist Press – 4


GPH – 5

HarperCollins – 4

H – Paulist Press – Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle

H – Paulist PressAthanasius: The Life of Antony and the Letter to Marcellinus

H – Paulist PressCeltic Spirituality: “The Life of Patrick”

H – Paulist PressBonaventure: The Life of St. Francis

H – GPH – Harold Horton’s The Gifts of the Spirit

HGPH – Stanley Frodsham’s Smith Wigglesworth: Apostle of Faith

H – HarperCollins – John Wimber’s Power Evangelism

H – HarperCollins – —. Power Healing

H – HarperCollins – —. Power Points

GPH – Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts

GPH – Howard Carter’s Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation

GPH – Smith Wigglesworth’s Ever Increasing Faith

HarperCollins – John Wimber’s Power Encounters

HBanner of Truth Trust – A. Alexander’s Thoughts on Religious Experience (1996)

HBanner of Truth Trust – John Howie’s The Scots Worthies (1996)

H – R. & T. Washbourne – Arthur Devine’s A Manual of Mystical Theology

H – Routledge and Kegan Paul – A. Poulain’s The Graces of Interior Prayer (1957)

H – Burns Oates – Albert Farges’ Mystical Phenomena (cf. John Arnott)

H – TAN Books – John Arintero’s The Mystical Evolution

H – Burns Oates – H. Thurston’s The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism

H – Princeton University Press – Jacobus de Voragine’s The Golden Legend (2 vols)

H – Eerdmans – Nicene and Post-Nicene (1956) – St. Jerome’s “Life of  Hilarion”

H – Eerdmans – Nicene and Post-Nicene (1956) – St. Jerome’s “Life of Paul”

H – Thomas Nelson – Alan Orr Anderson, ed. – Adomnan’s The Life of Columba (1961)

H – Cosimo – Gregory the Great’s The Life and Miracles of St. Benedict (2007)

H – Hamilton, Adams, and Co. – Thomas Boys’ The Suppressed Evidence

H – Howard Gannett – A. J. Gordon’s The Ministry of Healing

H – Whitaker House – Frank Bartleman’s Azusa Street

H – Whitaker House – R. Liardon, ed. Smith Wigglesworth: The Complete Collection 

H – Albury Publishing – —. Maria Woodworth-Etter: The Complete Collection

H – Voice of Healing Publishing – Gordon Lindsay’s The Gordon Lindsay Story

H – Pyramid Books – John Sherrill’s They Speak with Other Tongues

H – Regal Books – Gary Greig’s The Kingdom and the Power

H – Baker Academic – Craig Keener’s Miracles (2 vols)

H – Zondervan – Jack Deere’s Surprised by the Voice of God – except for ch. 12 when he argues in favor of covering theology; and for the salvation of “Christian” suicides.

H – Zondervan – —. Surprised by the Power of the Spirit

Chosen Books – —. The Beginner’s Guide to the Gift of Prophecy

Charisma House – Mike Bickle’s Growing in the Prophetic

Crossway Books – Wayne Grudem’s The Gift of Prophecy

InterVarsity Press – George Mallone’s Those Controversial Gifts

Hendrickson Publishers – Max Turner’s The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts

SEAN Multimedia – Daniel Jennings’ The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

Chosen Books – Sam Storms’ The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts

TAN Books – Joan Carroll Cruz’s Mysteries Marvels Miracles

Liturgical Press – Gottfried and Theoderic’s The Life of the Holy Hildegard

Christ for the Nations – Gordon Lindsay’s Commissioned with Power

Walking Barefoot Ministries – Jeff Doles’ Miracles and Manifestations

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2 Responses to Conservative Books on Miraculous Gifts – John Boruff

  1. Chase Brady says:

    Hey brother John, I just want to say God bless you, and thank you that the Lord Jesus Christ has used this website to influence me and my walk in the Lord. But also I want to say praise God that He also used you and this website to convict me of my skepticism; and that He has given me His grace to repent of my skepticism and everything. Keep on seeking after His heart for both you and for your family!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥

    Also, since I’m 21 years old (which I don’t really care about my age, I just want to seek after my God’s own heart and His holiness), I’ve been getting into evangelical mysticism like A. W. Tozer; and into the Catholic mystics like John of the Cross like about a few months ago; and still today.

    So my question is this, what are some other Christian mystical books, Catholic mystical books, and Christian contemplation books that will deeply challenge me, will deeply convict me, and will help me deeply to know God more as my Best Friend, and my God, and to grow deeply more in my relationship in Jesus Christ? I’m hungry for Him more than anything; and I’m hungry for Him more than anything else. I’m so hungry for Him more!!!😃😃😊😊😊😄 Thank You Lord, thank you John! Keep on seeking Him, John, more than anything else in Jesus’ name. Amen. God bless you.

    • John Boruff says:

      Chase, thank you for your extremely encouraging message. I don’t get a lot of that on this site. As far as Christian contemplative books, I have to recommend my free e-book on this site, which is called “How to Experience God.” It’s not the prettiest looking thing in the world, but its going to definitely be the first place I would point you to; and really the last place. I’m kind of an oddball theologically, because although my popular counterpart John Crowder and his book “The Ecstasy of Loving God,” has said a lot of the same things, and in a much more sophisticated book, I have to strongly urge you to stay away from his writings and videos…unless you plan on criticizing them from a Biblical point of view. He has got a lot of antinomianism, universalism, and really off-color jokes: and is just all around a very bad influence.

      How to Experience God –

      I’m the only writer right now, other than Jim Goll, that really holds the view that a Pentecostal, charismatic, evangelical Christian should do all he can to practice Christ-centered contemplative prayer in order to hear God’s voice and see visions. Jim Goll, or James Goll, has a book called “Wasted on Jesus” and another one called “Consecrated Contemplative Prayer,” that you might want to look into. But some of the people he quotes from, and has associated with in the past, are not the types of people I would want you to be influenced by either; but I think Goll is currently on the mend, and has learned through the school of hard knocks from some of these wrong charismatic associations.

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