E-BOOKS

The e-books here are what I would say present a sort of Wesleyan Pentecostal view of practical holiness and mystical experience in the Christian life. In Catholic terms, its what would loosely be called ascetical theology and mystical theology. I pray these writings help to serve the body of Christ around the world in the area of spiritual growth.

JOHN BORUFF

2018 Pastoral Abuse  Twenty warnings against the spiritual abuses found in authoritarian ministries: power trips, one-upmanship, anti-intellectualism, carnality, false counseling, unquestioning obedience, financial control, the abuse of Hell, the Pharisaical spirit, etc. 39 pages.

2017 – My Walk with Jesus – From when I was a little kid until now–this is an experiential and theological autobiography. The testimony of my conversion; and occasions of revelations, miracles, and other divine interventions in my life so far. I pray it serves as an encouragement to normal Pentecostals trying to live for Jesus. 80 pages.

2017 – Nurture and AdmonitionThe Biblical duties of Christian parenting from commentaries on Ephesians 6:4: from the time of the church fathers to the Puritans, with a review of Dr. Susan Forward’s Toxic Parents. 52 pages.

2017 – The Bible and Financial Growth – A faith-based booklet grounded on reliable economic reasoning; deals with ten successful Biblical attitudes towards money; working, saving, and investing; the upwardly mobile job search; mortgaging as quickly as possible; and leaving an inheritance for your children. 37 pages.

2016 – The Sins of the Movies A short booklet that preaches against the immoral influence of bad movies, their sin-glorifying ideas, their seductive images, and Hollywood’s anti-Biblical, anti-Christian, anti-moral agenda. An alarm to all that love the Lord to take another look at their movie watching! 52 pages.

Boruff Book Cover 12015 – The Gospel of Jesus Christ A Wesleyan approach to soteriology. Presents the order of salvation from Hell, repentance, faith, justification, regeneration, sanctification, conditional security, and Heaven. Also, a response to non-judgmentalism. Extensive bibliography. Intended as preparatory study for evangelistic preaching. 170 pages.

In a day of superficial gospels, and seeker-sensitive churches, John Boruff digs deep into church history, giving us many choice excerpts of what godly men in the past preached and believed. He sets the plumb line from Scripture; and shows how this current generation is needing a correction in its gospel. I recommend this volume for saints to read and share with others.                              – Greg Gordon, Founder of SermonIndex.net

2012 – How to Experience God Charismatic theology of worship, meditation, contemplation, spiritual experiences, spiritual discernment, resisting the New Age and the occult, the history of charismatic Christianity, and defending the practice of contemplative prayer. Extensive bibliography on miraculous gifts. 397 pages.

2010 Portraits of Antichrists Intertestamental and early church views of the Antichrist: signs of what kind of a person he will be.

OTHERS

2016 – The Complete Deliverance Manual by Gene Moody – Written by the founder of demonbuster.com, this is the result of over 35 years in the deliverance ministry; it is very thorough and based on personal experience. Some of the things he says may sound strange and like they don’t make sense. Try to read for what is good and Biblical and try to ignore anything that might just be a dubious opinion.

2013 – Reasons to Affirm a Young Earth edited by Paul Humber  50 short chapters that present scientifically explained reasons for a literal six day creation and a six thousand year old earth. Hard-hitting on the science; most of the contributors are part of the Creation Research Society. 38 pages.

2012 – Word and Power by Gareth Stewart  An in-depth theological study of John Wimber’s theology and the question of whether it fits with Presbyterian and Reformed ministry practices. 323 pages.

2009 – Soul Recreation by Tom Schwanda – To date, this is the closest thing to a Puritan mystical theology. An analysis of the prayer life and mystical experiences of Isaac Ambrose (d. 1664). The published edition has a Foreword by J. I. Packer. Would be an excellent read alongside Robert Tuttle’s Mysticism in the Wesleyan Tradition, which analyzes various ascetic and mystical influences on John Wesley and John Fletcher. 365 pages.

2009 – The Supernatural Occurrences of Charles G. Finney by Daniel Jennings  Charles Finney (d. 1875), was arguably the most anointed itinerant evangelist in American history. This holiness preacher saw supernatural conversions and demonstrations of repentance, he experienced prophetic revelations, visions, the gift of prophecy, a true “slain in the Spirit”, nature miracles, and unrepentant sinners struck dead who opposed his ministry! 142 pages.

2005 – The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley by Daniel Jennings  John Wesley (d. 1791), the founder of the Methodist Church, innovator of Wesleyan Arminian theology, and trainer of an army of street preachers, was a full blown prophet. Although he humbly declined any “claims to the miraculous gifts”; it is clear from his life that he experienced almost every kind of supernatural experience possible:–except for speaking in tongues. This book catalogs his experiences with spiritual warfare, miraculous healing, prophetic dreams and visions, trances in the Spirit, angels, holy laughter, the gift of prophecy, physical manifestations of the Holy Spirit, prayer for nature miracles, etc. This should be an essential resource for anyone serious about the study of miraculous gifts for Pentecostals and charismatics today. 230 pages.

1977 New Wine Magazine 9:1 “Prophecy” Issue edited by Don Basham With articles on “What Is a Prophet?” by Bruce Yocum (p. 4), “Levels of Prophecy” by Bob Mumford (p. 10), “Stepping Out in Prophecy” by Don Basham (p. 20), “Questions and Answers: Prophecy” by Don Basham and Ern Baxter (p. 29), etc. 32 pages.

1968 – Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation by Howard Carter – This is a standard Assemblies of God text on the miraculous gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. One thing to note is that Carter was the first influential AG theologian to teach that the word of knowledge is supernatural information from the Holy Spirit about people and places (comparable to the idea of extrasensory perception or ESP, ch. 3), and that it is not simply a profound insight derived from Bible study. The same views are expressed in his Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts (1946). Carter’s overtly supernatural view of the word of knowledge differed from other AG leaders, who held it to be a talent for Bible study, as in Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts and Smith Wigglesworth’s Ever-Increasing Faith. Most of the Latter Rain preachers in the 1950’s healing revival held to Carter’s extrasensory view of the word of knowledge, as in Gordon Lindsay’s Commissioned with Power; and most charismatic ministers today who operate in prophetic ministry generally understand the word of knowledge to be a “revelational gift” of supernaturally imparted extrasensory perception from the Holy Spirit, revealing specific facts and information about people’s lives in church services, such as undisclosed sicknesses, which then prompt miraculous faith to be healed. These views were later reflected in Lester Sumrall’s The Gifts and Ministries of the Holy Spirit and Derek Prince’s The Gifts of the Spirit.

1903 – A Manual of Mystical Theology by Arthur Devine  Along with Augustin Poulain’s The Graces of Interior Prayer, this is considered one of the most authoritative works on Roman Catholic mystical theology, or charismatic theology, ever written. I prefer this to Poulain though, because it quotes the Bible more often. It is very experiential. Deals with contemplation, mortification, spiritual experiences, ecstasies, visions, voices, prophecies, miracles, and discernment. Protestants will find certain Catholic things objectionable, but still find some value in the study. It would be a good supplement to the Vineyard-esque theology in Jack Deere’s Surprised by the Voice of God and the Assemblies of God’s classic treatment on miraculous gifts: Donald Gee’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts. An additional balancing factor would be to study these along with Vladimir Lossky’s The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church and The Vision of God, which systematizes the views of the Russian Orthodox Church, coming from the Desert Fathers and the Philokalia. Lossky also explains the difference between Neoplatonism and Christian mysticism. 664 pages.

1896 – The Antichrist Legend by Wilhelm Bousset – A study of the intertestamental period and the early church fathers on the Antichrist.

1892 – Open-Air Preaching by Edwin Hallock Byington  Sketches the history and logic of open air preaching in spreading the Gospel. People like John Bunyan, George Whitefield, John Wesley, and others are referred to. 104 pages.

1887 – Antinomianism Revived by Daniel Steele – A Methodist theologian debunks the antinomian theology of the Plymouth Brethren. Especially valuable is his expose of the antinomian view of the atonement and how it is tied to the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination. 266 pages.

1882 – The Ministry of Healing by A. J. Gordon – A foundational study of divine healing based on Scripture, church history, reason, and personal experience. 236 pages.

1868 – Elijah: The Desert Prophet by H. T. Howat – A mystically sensitive Bible study of the prophet Elijah by a man with a D.D. in theology and a ministry in the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Prophetic comparisons made with reformers. 284 pages.

1835 – Christian Theology by Adam Clarke  The best summary of early Methodist theology I know of. Great for catechizing children, and getting them to focus on ethical matters of the heart, rather than just religious facts. Also great for devotional study and preparation for preaching. 493 pages.

1832 – The Suppressed Evidence by Thomas Boys  A theological and historical survey of miraculous gifts among the Protestant reformers! 360 pages.

1775 – The Scots Worthies by John Howie  A collection of biographical sketches of the Covenanters (the first Presbyterians); some of whom related dreams, visions, and miracles! 627 pages.

1750 – A Vindication of the Miraculous Powers by Thomas Church – An 18th century charismatic theology book by an Anglican priest; argues against the cessationist book A Free Inquiry by Conyers Middleton. Was to the 1700s what Jack Deere’s Surprised by the Power of the Spirit is today. 383 pages.

1689 A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine This powerful evangelistic book influenced John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Charles Spurgeon. The author was a Puritan and street preaching friend of John Westley, the grandpa of Wesley. Truly this is a Wesley Gospel.

1577 – The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila  The full spectrum of mystical experiences are laid out very clearly here. It is very helpful as a guide to prayer as well as interior spiritual experiences, both overtly supernatural ones, and those which are much more subtle. It is Catholic, so try to take what is good and ignore what is non-Biblical.

1394 – The Scale of Perfection by Walter Hilton  Out of all of the classic works on contemplative prayer, this one has the most Scripture quoted in it that I have found to date.

1350s – The Cloud of Unknowing One of the most enduring classics on contemplation: referenced in A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God. Very thorough guide; covers many internal subjects.

429 – The Conferences by John Cassian  Practical, ascetic, and mystical theology distilled from conversations with the Desert Fathers; influenced St. Benedict.

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