- 61- BOOK REVIEW SECTION (All inquiries and correspondence pertaining to the reviewing of books should be addressed to: Karen Robinson, PNEUMA Book Review Editor, Library, Oral Roberts University, 7777 South Lewis, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171). Robert L. Thomas, Understanding Spiritual Gifts (Chicago: Moody Press, 1978), 238 pp., $3.95, paper. Reviewed by Paul Elbert. Motivation for this book is said to be taken from the observation made in the preface that the body of Christ grows most rapidly as its Spiritual gifts function properly. The preface cites the widespread interest in their proper function as meaning increased effectiveness for the Church. It is unexpected then that Thomas takes no note of which sectors of Christendom have evidenced the most rapid growth rate. And if indeed Thomas refers here mainly to spiritual growth subsequent to such numerical growth, it is hardly appropriate to ignore that this growth has been influenced by a reasonably proper function of the gifts in Pentecostalism and in the Charismatic Renewal for some time, a fact that has created the widespread interest which Thomas cites as moti- vation for his book. Thomas deals with chapters 12-14 of First Corinthians in six sections plus a supporting section
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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