Book Review — “Miracle Work” by Jordan Seng

The sub-title of this book is “A Down-to-Earth Guide to Supernatural Ministries.” And that it is.

Seng gives a very brief overview of how the miraculous and “power gifts” were viewed through the centuries in Church history, but mainly his goal is to stir a hunger to get into the flow of the power of the Spirit.

In a very approachable way, he explores healing, deliverance, the prophetic, and intercession. He then tackles the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The book is PRACTICAL.

When talking about healing, he brings it down to: pray, “Be healed in Jesus’ name,” and that’s it. (He keeps it that simple all the way through.)

There aren’t any long formulas. There are simple, practical things to try, and then the invitation is to simply to try it.

The book is HONEST.

What we don’t like the most in supernatural ministry is the mess. And Seng hits it right up front. We don’t like it when we pray for someone and they aren’t healed. We don’t like it when we walk in the prophetic and someone does something crazy in a “prophetic moment.” We like nice and neat, so when  we hit a mess, we throw up our hands and walk away. We complain about the Charismatic wackos.

WE QUIT.

Jeng embraces the messiness. He says the character of God isn’t about his power alone. It’s about the power of God and his vulnerability.  He is the God who also suffers with us.

The honesty of the author is refreshing. He declares that his life was a big mess before he received the baptism of the Holy Spirit… and it’s been no walk in the park since. There are still struggles. There are still battles. There are still unanswered requests. Life still hurts.

We need to keep that practicality.

As an Assemblies of God minister, I officially don’t agree with his view on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Thankfully, that’s not the only tiny little label I am allowed to wear in the Kingdom of God. I found Seng’s chapter on the Baptism in the Spirit completely refreshing. I think, personally, he misses a couple of things when it comes to how he sees “physical evidence,” but overall he is trying to create a thirst in people and keep things simple. I enjoyed that chapter.
I received this book from IVP as a courtesy copy. I am not obligated to give this book a positive review.

In my opinion, this book is well worth the read. Then, go try it.

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