Monday, January 19, 2015
Book Review – A New Apostolic Reformation: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement by R. Douglass Geivett and Holly Pivec
This book deserves a 5 star rating for the careful, thorough, fair and discerning presentation of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. The authors make clear in the preface the 15 criteria they used in evaluating the movement to give it a fair and balanced treatment. Both the order of topics and the content reflect the conscientious use of the criteria. I particularly appreciated the authors taking time to define the movement giving an historical account of the developments in the movement since it started in the 1980s. Fairness is evident in the structure of the book, as the movement is carefully described first (6 chapters) before an evaluation is attempted. What follows the description is a biblical definition of Apostles, a comparison of NAR Apostles with the Bible’s Apostles then an evaluation of NAR Apostles against the Biblical definition. The same process is used for Prophets and for Strategic-Level Spiritual Warfare. Each chapter is concluded with a very concise summary. Everything is well documented with footnotes, referring to published works and websites.
Another outstanding strength of this book are discussions in chapters 7, 12, 19 and Appendix A, which discuss Apostles, Prophets, miracles and the continuance of authoritative revelation. These chapters alone make a great resource for foundational knowledge needed by bible teachers who can expect questions about these topics to arise regularly in bible studies. This book added to my ability to discern truth from error.
I received this resource for free from Weaver Book Company via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review.