An appealingly urgent view of the way Christians can sanctify their relationship with God.


A debut Christian guide explores the redemptive power of the Holy Spirit.

John the Baptist in the Gospel of Matthew warns his followers not to mistake him for the one who’s coming. John baptizes people with water, but the Messiah will use the Holy Spirit and fire. In her slim handbook, Brizendine concentrates on this prediction as a promise and a way for her fellow fundamentalist Christians to conduct their own faith journeys. She urges them to take the risk of accepting the Holy Spirit into their own lives, even if that prospect frightens them. The “fiery furnace” of the Holy Spirit is their friend, she writes: “We should not fear it but embrace it.” In this engaging manual, she tells many stories from her own walk of faith and from the odyssey of a friend and mentor, who likewise had some dramatic personal encounters with the Holy Spirit. Brizendine does a remarkably smooth job of integrating the ordinary world into these tales of spiritual exultation. The sense that spiritual experiences are somehow walled off from everyday life (a common split vision in faith memoirs of this kind) is never present in these pages. Rather, this is a working-world, real-time urging on the author’s part for her readers to feel the “unquenchable, eternal, life-preserving” fire of the Holy Spirit in their own lives. Christians are in a transition period, she assures her audience, between the “law to grace” initiated by Jesus and the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. In her view, the fire of the Holy Spirit is provided as a source of strength for the faithful. In clear and enthusiastic prose, she often encourages her readers to embrace the full force of their religious beliefs. “You are a child of God,” she writes. “He has placed a powerful anointing on you and in you, and he wants to release it through you.”

An appealingly urgent view of the way Christians can sanctify their relationship with God.

Pub Date: Oct. 27, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-973600-97-8

Page Count: 56

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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