Subscribe now

Healing and Healers Today

By Jim Thompson
March 2016 | Review by Katherine Glover
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0-85234-933-5
  • Pages: 268
  • Price: 8.99
Buy this book »

Book Review

It is a sad fact that discussions in recent decades about the place of miraculous gifts have generated much more heat than light. Writers on both sides have complained that critics neglect to understand their position. Each side has, at times, wilfully misrepresented the other. The most extreme and bizarre practices have been used to dismiss more moderate positions, and comment has often been made in a harsh, acrimonious spirit.

Into this atmosphere, Healing and healers today comes as a refreshing change. It is gracious in tone and the writer has read widely, thoroughly acquainting himself with the views of key proponents across the Charismatic spectrum.

It is both biblical and practical, charting the occurrence and function of ‘signs and wonders’ from the Old Testament, through to the early church, before carefully outlining the scriptural argument for a cessationist position.

It examines the credibility of cases from modern ‘healing ministries’ and looks into whether the lifestyle and spiritual character of prominent ‘healers’ support claims made about them.

The author also takes the long view of modern Pentecostal and Charismatic movements in the context of church history. He looks at the great spiritual awakenings, from the Reformation through to twentieth century revivals; and whether, historically, revival has been characterised by occurrence of miraculous healings.

Finally, the author brings us back to what is the most important and impressive aspect of the Spirit’s work among his people: ‘the power of God unto salvation’ (Romans 1:16).

This produces something far more valuable than mere physical health or material prosperity. Using many inspiring examples from Scripture and church history, he demonstrates the naivety of drawing a straight line between being a child of God and being free from suffering. He shows how God uses trials to bless and mature his children. These stories cause you to pray more earnestly for that power to be changing lives in these dark spiritual times.

My only wish is that this book had been around in my student days, when the big names in the healing movement were at the height of their popularity and the student world was thrown into confusion by the Toronto movement.

It will enable readers to think through the issue in a structured, biblical way. I warmly recommend this thorough and thoughtful response to an issue that still divides and troubles Christians today.

Dr Katherine Glover


Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
If I Could Speak: Letters from the Womb
Mark Jones

Abortion statistics for the UK are eye-watering and outrageous. There are about 220,000 abortions per year. That is 25 every hour, of every day. At least one baby will have been murdered in the time taken to read this short…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle
Alistair Begg

Of the making of books on prayer there seems to be no end. That fact probably reflects the need that almost of all of us feel for more help in this vitally important area of our Christian lives The problem,…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
FILM REVIEW: Matthew Henry — The life and times of the Bible commentator
Dan Pugh

Although the name of Matthew Henry has become synonymous with the whole-Bible commentary which he authored in the early 18th century, there is also much to learn from his remarkable life and the tumultuous times through which he lived. This…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Ephesians (Tyndale New Testament Commentary)
Darrell L Bock

Whenever a new commentary is published from the conservative viewpoint on a book of the Bible which is already well covered, there ought to be few issues of concern because there is so much literature with which to compare it.…