Review: Rediscovering the Holy Spirit

30649321Michael Horton is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Horton holds a PhD from the University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and a DD from Grove City College. Horton is the author of numerous books and essays, as well as the host of The White Horse Inn, a nation-wide radio broadcast. Most recently, Horton has produced one of the most fascinating and comprehensive explorations of the Holy Spirit from a Reformed perspective in recent times—Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life.

Rediscovering the Holy Spirit aims to emphasize both the distinct personality and operation of the Holy Spirit. Horton begins with the basic theological parameters regarding the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This includes the basics of Trinitarianism and the historical distinction that separates such from certain heresies. Horton quickly moves to a more thematic exploration of the Holy Spirit that loosely follows the trajectory of the subtitle—creation, redemption, and everyday life. Horton is keenly aware of the broader historical theological conversations on the Holy Spirit, and his awareness and sensitivity to the Scripture is unsurpassed. Readers will appreciate the care that Horton take as he explores the above, especially when it comes to uncovering the role and function of the Holy Spirit in the ordinary, day-to-day activities of the Christian life.

The scope and emphasis of Rediscovering the Holy Spirit is reason enough to immerse oneself in its content. From the role of the Holy Spirit in creation to the application of the person and work of Christ in salvation, Horton provides readers with fresh insight rooted in historical Christianity. Some readers will undoubtably turn away from Horton’s acknowledgement that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are equally active today as they were in the New Testament, especially from the Reformed tradition, but this is no reason to overlook the magnificent demonstration of Trinitarian theology that Horton elevates on every page. Horton’s writing style is generally academic in nature, and thus he is scrupulous in his documentation. That said, Rediscovering the Holy Spirit is extremely accessible to the educated layperson and will be more than beneficial for the average pastor.

Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life by Michael Horton is a thorough demonstration of the person and work of the Holy Spirit from a Reformed perspective. Horton is clear, engaging, and extremely practical. There is something for everyone in this book. It is now the first book that I will recommend when asked about books on the topic of the Holy Spirit. It comes strongly recommended!

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