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The Normal Christian Birth: How to Give New Believers a Proper Start in Life
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2002
If you've read David Pawson you will expect a tightly argued, clearly and lucidly structured and presented approach from arguably the best Bible teacher of this generation. This book is no exception. Clarity of insight and non technical wording come as standard with Pawson.
The key framework is understanding repentance, faith, baptism in water, and baptism in the Holy Spirit as elements of Christian birth. He cuts through non Biblical contemporary evangelical terminology that often muddies the waters, and also provides an exegetical approach to a whole host of new testament passages in light of the theology presented. Each of the four elements is taught with clarity and insight, so I go back to them time and again e.g. if speaking at a baptism.
Most books on the subject are not without controversy. The practical implications of Pawsons conclusions are quite profound and far reaching. However I havent read better. Prepare to be challenged!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2001
This book is destined to become a Christian classic! If you are a Christian and haven't yet read it do so immediately! It covers the basics of full 'Christian Birth'. A hasty 'decision for Jesus' at a Billy Graham Crusade can be a poor foundation for living, instead a Christian needs to be certain about Repentance, Believing in Jesus, Water Baptism, and Receiving the Holy Spirit - this book will help. It also looks carefully at the so-called 'problem passages' that many Christians struggle with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2012
I bought this book over 20 years ago. It is one of the most well thumbed volumes in my library.

I have just read it again. it is still as radical and ground breaking as it seemed then. This is sad in a way. There are still too many shallow conversions, for example lacking repentance or the power of the Spirit - or both. Until these things change, this remains one of the most important books of the last 50 years.

Although the book is rich in scriptural exegesis, it is not just a theory book. As the author says, it has been "...hammered on the twin anvils of biblical study and pastoral care".

David Pawson has a high view of scripture. Free from the shackles of evangelical cliche, calvinistic dogma and sacramental tradition, he produces a rich resource for anyone interested in giving new converts a proper start in the Christian walk. No room here for shallow converts. There are a few controversial or unusual, yet well argued assertions running through the pages of the book. A few examples:
* The book stops short of teaching baptismal regeneration, yet it does argue that in scripture baptism is almost synonymous with salvation
* Salvation is frequently a process lasting days months or even years rather than an instantaneous once and for all act
* Holy Spirit baptism/ filling is not 'automatic', but is to be sought and continuously experienced
* He insists on using the phrase 'Baptism in Holy Spirit' without the definite article.

There is even an interesting - and surprising - historical piece on the Reformers view on believers baptism.

Still essential reading for all Christian leaders.
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on 30 January 2015
All this books are a changing lives books, I highly recommend them.
Trinity of Man from Dennis J. Bennett and his wife Rita Bennett,I believed that God inspired them, because the way they explain is easy to understand about the trinity, God, Son and the Holy Spirit, Also about the Trinity of man.
The Holy Spirit & You From Rita Bennett , it is Fantastic,
Break Out Joel Osteen, very motivating and inspiring
Purpose drives life, Rick Warren, Help you understanding your purpose in life.
The Normal Christian Birth, from Davis Pawson one the greatest Bible teaching of all times. It is excellent.
For all of you who are reading this review, if you want a life changing read those books and of course the Bible is the number one, because is from reading the Bible that you will know the truth , and the truth will set you free.

Best regards

Aparecida
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on 17 April 2012
I bought this book before I received the DVD's with the same title and initially the book was too much of a heavy read for me. After I watched the DVDs though it was much easier to dip into and out of the book for references and to read it by topic (in all fairness to David Pawson he does suggest that one can read the book sequentially or by topic). The subject matter though was an eye-opener for me and my wife and we felt it appropriate to be baptised as believing adults on the strength of the Biblical evidence. I have also come to realise that I lacked greatly in my understanding of the Christian birth process and what it means. Be prepared to have your long held views challenged.

This book is now a valued resource in my small library. I can highly recommend the DVDs as an additional resource, especially if you want to explain the various points in the book to anyone else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2013
I would recommend this book to anyone who is confused and unsure of what it means to be born again. Lots of scripture examples and deep teaching as you might expect from David Pawson. Valuable if you want to help others too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2013
An interesting book which covers a wide range of issues. The writer explores complex issues in an accessible and engaging way.
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on 2 November 2014
Excellent book.Goes back to basics on what becoming a Christian disciple entails set out in Biblical principles (especially Acts). One must be prepared to have one's own beliefs and practices challenged. Set out in a straightforward manner.
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on 6 May 2013
Excellent book and i'm very pleased with my product so far and would recommend it to others. it makes reading an enjoyable experience because you can have access to your product at anytime and it's regularly updated.
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on 14 November 2013
I found the item very useful and I had no problem with it and I did not wait for it too much but exactly the time suggest at the time of the purchasing. thank you
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