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When Jack Deere turned 17, he did not know God or a single verse of Scripture. At 27, he became a professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Semitic Languages at Dallas Theological Seminary. He started and pastored an influential church in Ft. Worth, Texas. He taught his church and his students that God no longer gave the "miraculous gifts of the Spirit" or spoke outside the pages of Scripture.

After teaching seminary for 10 years, a best-selling author shocked Deere when he told him that he not only believed God was regularly healing people today, but that he had seen undeniable miracles in answer to his prayers. For the next four months, Deere studied every healing story in the New Testament. This time he came to those stories with the open mind of a scholar, completely at home in the original languages of the Bible, not as a gullible student swallowing the prejudices of his teachers. At the end of those four months, Deere was convinced, against his will, that God was still healing and speaking just as he had done in the New Testament.

Deere and his wife Leesa began to pray for people in their church and witnessed dramatic, documented healings. 

In Why I Am Still Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Deere demonstrates that the Scriptures teach that God is healing and speaking today just as he did 2,000 years ago. He tells documented stories of modern miracles. He explains the nature of spiritual gifts, defines each spiritual gift, offers sound advice on discovering and using the gifts in church today. He shows how all of this part of God's way of deepening our friendship with him. 

A modern classic, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit was published 25 years ago, and in that book, Deere claimed that he would live long enough to see the majority of conservative evangelicals come to believe in all the gifts of the Spirit.... That has come true. The theological landscape has changed dramatically. Nearly completely rewritten, this new edition still offers that proof but has about 70 percent new material on the practical matters of experiencing and using spiritual gifts. For example, anyone who prays regularly for the sick will encounter demonic power. Demons pop up all over the Synoptic Gospels. There are two new chapters on ministering to the demonized. There is much confusion on what it means to be filled with the Spirit today. Deere takes three chapters to examine every use of "filled with the Spirit" and "full of the Spirit" in the New Testament to show why and how God still fills his servants with the Holy Spirit. There are many new stories of God's power, even walking on water and multiplying food. Deere also introduces the newest literature defending and explaining the gifts of the Spirit. All this and more continues the book's legacy for a new time in this audio version.

Appendixes 4 and 5, "Were There Only Three Periods of Miracles?" and "New Testament Teachings about Demons", are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Jack S. Deere (P)2020 Zondervan

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  • Thomas Ravenscroft
  • 11-07-2020

wonderful read

with the background of the theologian and the passion of a lover of Jesus, he describes his personal journey from lifeless cessationist to vibrant believer, used by God to work miracles. He is transparent, humble, and unearthed truths most don't go after..

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  • David G
  • 06-07-2020

Wow my wife’s pick

It was great....helpful & well documented worth every minute of listening the time& miles flew by

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  • Anne
  • 18-05-2020

Clear & Concise

The truth will set you free! The Appendices is the icing on the cake for this book. Thank you, Jack, for clearing up all the confusion and misconceptions I’ve had about Spiritual gifts...including my own. It helped so much that the author read it. His common sense approach and Scripture references remove all doubt & mysteries surrounding this hot topic in the church today. Jack has been a guest at our church in Beaumont, TX. He is the real deal! I would recommend this book to anyone who may think that Spiritual gifts are no longer needed in the church; or if you’re not sure what it all means.

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  • Kristin D Estes
  • 10-04-2020

Life-changing for the Cessationist

My husband has been a independent Baptist Pastor our entire marriage. Life events had brought us to start taking off our denominational goggles and re-examine scripture. Dear friends gave us the original book knowing our commonality with Jack Deere and they were convinced in my husband’s personality & mind as well. Over half way in was life-changing. Saw the rewrite available here and we have been listening every waking moment for 3 days. We are now confident in our decision for change of ministry direction completely. Jack Deere knows all the cessationist arguments well. He so well articulates and addresses all the typical cessationist hang ups in a way that we just can not disagree with. Moving forward with this new understanding feels like a new birth and we can’t wait to see what God holds for us. Hearing him read his own work was very endearing. He is such a great speaker to listen to and his heart for teaching comes through. The stories are heartwarming & miraculous. I cried on several occasions as God used them to grip my heart and speak to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-2020

Eye Opening

This is a book that helps people who have grown up to believe words,healings, and gifts have ceased. The thing that makes me listen to Jack Deere without suspicion is the fact he’s a professor in theology in the evangelical, and how he sticks to scripture, while also holding up the gifts.

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