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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A MUST Read For All Christians - You MUST Come To Know The Holy Spirit

Not knowing anything about this author, I picked up this book and began to read. It was great right from the start! It was about how everyone knows God and Jesus but forgets the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit IS the part of God and Jesus that you and I CAN KNOW, can t...
Not knowing anything about this author, I picked up this book and began to read. It was great right from the start! It was about how everyone knows God and Jesus but forgets the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit IS the part of God and Jesus that you and I CAN KNOW, can talk to, can pray for us, can help us. The Holy Spirit is the part of the trinity that can be CLOSEST TO US. I was so excited to be reading about a book encouraging me to work on building my friendship with the Holy Spirit. I had never really heard much emphasis on the Holy Spirit, yet as this book points out, the Holy Spirit is God WITH US NOW. God is in heaven. Jesus is on his right hand. But the Holy Spirit is WITH US NOW!


The author goes into how the Holy Spirit can help us know what to say in difficult or uncomfortable times and also warn us not to say certain inappropriate things at times. The H.S. guides us through life and tells us to talk to so-and-so or take that job or go to that college or help that person or avoid that house, etc. The Holy Spirit is a super natural spirit guide. How can we know the WILL OF GOD? Through the Holy Spirit.


Many Christians never fully let the H.S. into their lives. They might let one foot in, but that's it. When we keep control of our lives, we struggle with sins and make poor life choices. If we were t0 let the H.S. into our lives, we could become so much more as Christians. We are always praying for God to be in our lives and help us, but we don't let God/the Holy Spirit truly into our lives to make these changes.

TONGUES: Author correctly interprets "tongues" as "languages". He explains the Greeks heard those speaking tongues as speaking Greek. Those who were from Crete, heard THE SAME PEOPLE speaking Cretan. (pg 72) "On the day of Pentecost, God removed language as a barrier from knowing Him."

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion

posted by mirandi on July 30, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not What I was Expecting

I recently received an advance reading copy of The God I Never Knew , How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit can Change Your Life. The author, the senior pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, Robert Morris conducts a plain, easy approach to the Holy Spirit. He go...
I recently received an advance reading copy of The God I Never Knew , How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit can Change Your Life. The author, the senior pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, Robert Morris conducts a plain, easy approach to the Holy Spirit. He goes into detail to explain that the Holy Spirit should not be feared, but revered, as the other two members of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is the promised comforter that Christ spoke of in John 14.


Morris breaks the book into "Parts", not chapters. In reading this book you will review topics such as the different gifts of the Holy Spirt, along with instruction on various controversies surrounding the work of this member of the Triune God. Being of a fundamental Baptist mindset, I did find some of this work to be quite challenging, especially the part about 3 separate Baptisms in the life of the believer. We'll just agree to disagree.


The author at times seems to have a convoluted presentation of his material. If you come to this book and are not part of a charismatic worship assembly, you will take issue with some of the ideas presented.


I would rate the book 2 out of 5 stars, and would not recommend this book to a new believer.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

posted by McDawg81 on June 21, 2011

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    The God I Never Knew, Robert Morris - Would not recommend.

    The emphasis of this book is getting to know the Holy Spirit and learning to listen to it. The beginning of the book was really good, it was about how important the Holy Spirit is and the relationship we should have with it. He also talks about how we should achieve this relationship. Morris goes on the explain that the Holy Spirit gives gifts and how we discern what our gift is and how the Holy Spirit can use our gift.

    I absolutely did not like this book at all. At first I thought the book was heading in a really great direction and was really excited to dig in. As I began reading I really was taking stuff from this book about how so many people don't talk about the Holy Spirit but we should and we shouldn't be afraid of the Holy Spirit and what He can do in our lives. But then Morris went on tell about how the Holy Spirit literally talks to him. I believe that the Holy Spirit talks to us but not in the way that Morris claims. He gave an example of how the Holy Spirit directly told him that this particular woman felt like the prodical son and he called her out about it in church in front of everyone, having never met this women before. I don't believe that the Holy Spirit works in this manner. I more than believe that God works through the Holy Spirit in our lives and uses the Holy Spirit to talk to us and guide us. But I don't believe that He literally talks to us in the manner that Morris does nor do I believe that He tells us things about other people that we would have never known other wise. I do believe that the Holy Spirit guides us to talk to particular people for particular reasons but I certainly don't believe the Holy Spirit works the same way that Morris believes. I would not recommend this book to other readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Crap

    Waste of money

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Loved the heart of the author - but I would not recommend...

    Anytime you read someone's interpretation of The Bible you have to make the decision to open up your heart and ask yourself some questions: Am I reading this book with an open mind? Do I feel what this person is teaching/sharing is from a perspective that is Biblically correct? How does this individual's opinion stand up with past leaders of our faith and their teachings on this subject? 

    There will always be people who know way more than me on any topic and books like The God I never Knew by Robert Morris are great examples of just that. But when it comes to any Biblical topic or text the reader must go to Scripture and decide if they agree or disagree with any author's interpretation of something Biblically.

    In his newest book Robert Morris discusses the power of The Holy Sprirt and how it's presence in our life can change our destiny's forever. Morris has the difficult task of taking such a topic as The Holy Spirit and trying to journey through all the interesting and controversially topics that arise when discussing such a topic. I respect his attempt and his willingness to equip God's people.

    I highly respect Robert for his love of God and his teachings are phenomenal. I can honestly say the first half of the book he discusses all of the most prominitent Biblical texts about The Holy Spirit and shares some amazing points on how we can be one with it. Sharing how God's presence is there, not only to help us, but to befriend us. Robert also shares his own personal journey in this process and the ups and downs he has experienced. 

    I'm assuming our upbringing was similar in that before I went to the church I am connected with now The Holy Sprirt was not something we talked a lot about. But even now with the church I am on staff with our understanding of God's text on The Holy Sprirt differs from Morris's.  

    Even after reading there are items in his writings I dong agree with. Robert believes in three baptisms, something I do not, as well has that everyone accesses every spriual giift listed in 1 Corinthians. 

    The epicenter of our disagreement is 1 Corinthians 12:29-30. We simply disagree on it's interpretation.   I love hearing different opinions and read them with an open mind. Therefore, this book and the controversial topics he discussed lead to deeper study and prayer in my own life. As well as personal evaluation of my beliefs on these topics, which I've done numerous times before. 

    But without a proper understanding of the topics discussed in this book I don't recommend it to just anyone. There needs to be some type of foundation before journeying too deep into the book because without it I'm afraid some readers could leave hurt, confused, or alienated. 

    On the other hand if you have done personal study on the topics of The Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts discussed in the Bible by all means go right ahead. Read it. Look with in. Open up your heart and let God speak to you...

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    The God I Never Knew

    In his most recent work, "The God I Never Knew; How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life", Robert Morris sets out to help the reader understand the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that he feels has been seen by many as "mysterious, confounding, and even controversial." When I saw the title and subject of this book, I was immediately interested. I believe the person of the Holy Spirit is vitally important in the life of a believer. An opportunity to know more about His nature would be welcome. The beginning of the book was the best part. Morris starts out by re-stating commonly known attributes of the Holy Spirit and His function: to convict, to comfort, to guide, and to enable. The book went downhill from there. The section of his book dealing with the three baptisms I found to be convoluted and confusing. A great deal of scripture reference was given in dealing with the three baptisms. He leads the reader to believe that there is a need to receive Holy Spirit sometime after conversion. In his attempt to make the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit simple to understand, he buries the reader in examples and analogies that do anything but simplify. Morris spends a great deal of time discussing the Holy Spirit's role in speaking in tongues, private prayer language, and healings. This section seemed to be a teaching on charismatic gifts rather than a teaching on the Hoy Spirit. I believe this book did not go far enough in answering the more difficult questions related to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. I was very disappointed in this book and cannot recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review. I did not have to write a positive review.

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