Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion

Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion

by Anne Graham Lotz

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Overview

The internationally recognized Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham combines unique biblical insights and her own personal stories to show how the Holy Spirit guides us in our decisions, comforts us in pain, and stays by our side at all times, enriching our daily lives.
 
In Jesus in Me, Anne Graham Lotz draws on her rich biblical knowledge as well as her personal journey—including her recent cancer diagnosis—to help us understand that the Holy Spirit is not a magic genie, a flame of fire, or a vague feeling. He is a Person who prays for us, guides us in our relationships and decisions, comforts us in pain, and stays by our side at all times. In this seminal teaching, she explores seven key aspects of the Holy Spirit that will revolutionize how you understand and relate to this vital third Person in the Trinity.
 
As Anne writes, “One of my deepest, richest joys has been discovering by experience who the Holy Spirit is in every step of my life’s journey. Each name that He has been given—Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby—reveals another aspect of His beautiful character and has provoked in me a deep love for the One who is my constant Companion . . . Jesus in me.”
 
Discover how to better love and rely on the person of the Holy Spirit—and embrace how much He loves you through His presence, power, and provision in our daily lives.

Praise for Jesus in Me

“With plentiful biblical references, Lotz encourages those who already rely on Jesus to step into a purpose-filled life led by the Holy’s Spirit’s guidance. Christians who desire to live a life of greater purpose to glorify God will be awed by Lotz’s impassioned exploration of the role of the Holy Spirit in her life.”Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525651048
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 873
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anne Graham Lotz, called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Billy Graham, is an international speaker and the best-selling, award-winning author of numerous books, including Just Give Me Jesus. The New York Times named Anne one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. She’s been profiled on 60 Minutes and has appeared on programs such as Larry King Live, Today, and The Sean Hannity Show. Anne is the president of AnGeL Ministries in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the former chairperson for the National Day of Prayer.

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Introduction: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion

Weather permitting, early each morning that I am home, I walk and run for about two and a half miles. This has been my routine for over thirty years. As I grow older, I also grow more grateful for the physical ability to maintain this exercise. I have been consistent and committed to it, not just for the physical benefits but also because it is a stress reliever. The burdens of the day seem to be placed on hold for the thirty or forty minutes it takes to complete my route.

Over the years I have had multiple walking partners who have either moved on to other forms of exercise or dropped exercising altogether. The friend who walks with me now from time to time is a delight. While walking, we engage in energetic discussions, solve world problems, share insights into Scripture, and often end by praying for each other. Her companionship has made me aware of an interesting facet of my routine. When she walks with me, the journey does not seem nearly as long or arduous as when I walk alone. With her beside me, I seem to have more joy, more energy—and the time seems to fly by. Somehow, her presence makes my walk easier.

On the other hand, when I walk by myself, the routine seems harder, longer. My hamstrings seem tighter and unwilling to stretch for long strides. My knees ache when I pick up my pace for a jog. My breath seems more labored and shallow. My mind shifts into neutral. I find myself just trying to make it to the next bend in the trail, to the next familiar tree, to the third bridge that marks the ascent to the parking lot, to my waiting car on which I lean as I work through final stretches.

While the direction, pace, and length of the routine are the same whether I walk alone or with someone, a good companion makes a distinct difference in my overall enjoyment and well-being.

Which brings me to the walk of life. Living day after day, week after week, year after year requires effort, energy, commitment, focus, thought.

To be perfectly honest, I’m old enough to know that the path of life leads through emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual aches and pains. Some are irritating. Some disruptive. Some much more serious and even life threatening. At times I have found myself just trying to make it through this day. This month. This year. “If I can just make it to Easter break.” “If I can just get to the beach for our vacation.” “If I can just hang on until Christmas.” There are times when I have fulfilled a commitment just to check it off my list and get on to the next thing so that I can get on to the next thing. The walk itself becomes a burden. Drudgery.

What I have needed is a walking partner. For life. Someone who would come alongside me and share every step of my journey, day in and day out. Someone in whom I could confide. Someone with whom I could discuss issues that are on my mind. Someone who would answer my questions. Help me with decisions. Listen to my complaints, my fears, my worries, my dreams. Someone I could trust. Believe. Enjoy. Someone whose very presence would bring joy. And peace. And hope. Someone who would know me. Who would understand me. Someone who would love me!

Where have I found such a walking partner? Amazingly, as a child of God, I didn’t have to look around for one. I just needed to look within. Because God has given me the ultimate walking partner for life: His Spirit. And not just for life, but forever!

In this book I will not attempt a full, in-depth treatise on the Holy Spirit, nor will I explore all the ways He is understood or misunderstood, abused or used, sensationalized or normalized, neglected or prioritized. I will seek to share with you what I have experienced personally about this incredible divine Companion. While I do not claim that I can even begin to know all there is to know about Him, I am learning to enjoy and trust Him more and more. If anything, the more my knowledge of the Holy Spirit grows, the more I learn I still have a lot to learn! One thing I know for certain: He is not an optional extra in my Christian life. He is a divine necessity.

The indispensable necessity of the Holy Spirit has never been more evident in my life than during the writing of this book. As I began the challenge of putting words on a page, my ninety-nine-year-old father, whom I adored, went to Heaven. I was already a widow, and his homegoing left me an orphan. Six months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer, went through follow-up surgery, then began the brutal chemotherapy treatments. Through the ups and downs, the tears and joy, the grief and comfort, I have experienced the constant companionship of the Holy Spirit.

I have learned day in and day out that the Holy Spirit is all that Jesus is, though without His physical body. He is Jesus without skin. Just as Jesus is the exact representation of God the Father, the Spirit is the exact representation of Jesus’s mind, will, and emotions. He is the invisible Jesus. The Holy Spirit is…Jesus in me!

 

Part 1: Loving the Person of the Holy Spirit

Have you ever formed ideas or opinions about someone based on what others told you? And then when you met the person for yourself, did you discover that actually he was very different from what you had been led to believe?

Recently I received an invitation to appear on a television talk show hosted by a couple who had been in the news frequently and had received quite a bit of negative publicity. Without intending to, I had absorbed some of the public’s disparaging attitude. I almost declined the invitation, but when some respected advisers urged me to accept it, I did. What I discovered was almost the polar opposite of what I had been led to believe.

The couple was humble, warm, charming, thoughtful, encouraging, and supportive. They were easy to talk with, and I found my spirit resonating with theirs. To this day, I’m struck by the contrast between the public’s perception of them, as well as my own preconceived opinions, and the reality of their lovely personalities and authentic testimonies.

While our perception of other people can be dramatically different from reality, the same may also be said about our perception of the Holy Spirit. Could your perception be different from the truth or even in sharp contrast to it?

I’ve heard the Holy Spirit spoken of as an “it,” a feeling, a dove, a flame, a ghost, an emotion, or even an ecstatic experience. He is frequently referred to as the third person of the Trinity, as though He is the least of the Trinity or a postscript to the more significant Father and Son. All of which is inaccurate.

While the Holy Spirit may be symbolized by a dove or flame, while His presence may be accompanied by an emotion or feeling or ecstatic experience, He Himself is distinctly separate from those things. The Holy Spirit is not a thing but a person. His personhood is emphasized in John 16, when eleven times in eight verses, He is referred to by the personal, masculine pronouns He, Him, or His.

So at the outset of our exploration of who the Holy Spirit is, we need to be clear that we are not speaking of an “it.” We are speaking of a “He.” He is a living person who has a mind, a will, and emotions. He is referred to as the third person of the Trinity not because He is the least but because He is the third person to be more fully revealed in Scripture.

In the Old Testament, although the Holy Spirit and God the Son—the living Word who became Jesus in the flesh—are present, it is God the Father who is primarily revealed. In the Gospels, while the Father and the Holy Spirit are certainly present, it is God the Son who is primarily revealed. Beginning with Acts and the epistles, although God the Father and God the Son are also present, it is primarily God the Holy Spirit who is revealed. In fact, the book of Acts is not about the acts of the disciples or the early church. It is a book about the acts of the Holy Spirit as He worked in and through the disciples and the early church.

If the Holy Spirit is a person with an intellect, will, and emotions, what is He really like? What is His personality? What are His responsibilities? Are you intrigued by this mysterious person? I know I have been and still am. One way we get to know Him is through His names.

In the Bible, names reveal the character of the person to whom they are given. For example, in the Old Testament, Abraham’s grandson was given the name of Jacob, which meant “deceiver” or “supplanter.” Jacob grew up to be a man who deceived his father, Isaac. In doing so, Jacob supplanted his brother, Esau, as the heir to his father’s blessing. He was well named.

Twenty years after that deception, when Jacob returned to claim his inheritance, he was blocked from doing so by the angel of the Lord, who was a visible, tangible manifestation of the Lord Himself. After an entire night of struggling, God dislocated Jacob’s hip to force him to give in and give up. But instead of falling to the ground in a heap of self-pity, Jacob wound his arms around God’s neck and said he would not let go until God blessed him. Right there, on the edge of the river that served as the border to the Promised Land…the river where they had been wrestling…God led Jacob to confess his name…who he was…the deceiver and supplanter. Then God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, which means “a prince who has power with God.” As a man broken, Jacob fully yielded his life to God, and he did indeed become a prince with power, the father of twelve sons who became the founding fathers of the nation that bears his name—Israel.

Perhaps the most familiar example of how a name reveals someone’s character is found in the name given to the Son of God. He was called Jesus, which means “Savior,” “Rescuer,” “Redeemer,” “Deliverer”—the One who would save us from the penalty and power of sin. His name accurately describes who He was…and who He is.

So what about the Holy Spirit? In John 16:7 Jesus gave Him a name that is often rendered “Helper” in English but is a rich word that requires several English words to effectively capture its meaning. The Amplified Version of the same verse indicates that the word for “Helper” could also be rendered as follows: “I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” In the following seven chapters, we’ll consider together the personal and practical implications of each aspect of the Holy Spirit’s name as listed in the Amplified Version of John 16:7.

One of my deepest, richest joys has been discovering by experience who the Holy Spirit is in every step of my life’s journey. Each name that He has been given—Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby—reveals another aspect of His beautiful character and has provoked in me a deep love for the One who is my constant companion…Jesus in me. My prayer for this book is that you, too, will discover Him by personal experience as your constant companion and that the discovery will lead you to love Him more.

Chapter 1: Our Helper

As my husband Danny’s health deteriorated due to type 1 diabetes and its complications, I stopped traveling for the most part and embraced the joy of being his caregiver for three years. On an August afternoon, he was sitting by the pool, playing with our dog, and just relaxing in the summer sun. I stayed in the house to get some work done. Suddenly I realized it had been over an hour since I last checked on him. I ran to the window, looked toward the pool, and saw he was not there. With relief, thinking he had come in without my awareness, I ran through the house, looking for him and calling his name. No familiar voice responded. Only silence. A deep foreboding gripped my heart as I ran back to the window and saw our dog sitting by the water’s edge. When I called to him, he refused to come. I flew down to the pool and found what I knew I would.

There are no words to describe my desperate cry for help as I jumped into the pool, pulled my husband to the steps, and cradled his head on my lap. Even as I called his name over and over, even as I cried out to God for help, I knew I was looking at a man who was already seeing his Lord. The expression on his face was one of strength, confidence, and utter peace.

What transpired next required all the Helper’s assistance to get me through: staying on the line after my emergency call to 911, EMS arriving, medics running through the backyard and dragging Danny out of my lap, news helicopters swirling overhead, sheriff’s deputies standing by the pool and guarding the property, cars filled with curious onlookers lining our street—and then the scene indelibly impressed on my mind when Danny was placed on a gurney and wheeled out of our yard as he left the house for the last time.

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Shonda Fischer 13 hours ago
This book is one of my favorites by Anne Graham Lotz. I read a chapter each morning with my bible study. I love how I feel so much closer to God after reading. Anne does a great job of telling about the Holy Spirit. Anne takes from the scriptures and explains it so the reader has a easier way of understanding. I enjoyed all the personal stories that Anne shares with the reader to help with the teaching being relatable. I was so touched by the story she shared about her father Billy graham’s funeral and all the love that was poured out by people. This book just really touched my heart and filled me with so much longing to draw closer to our Savior. I think this is an excellent book to share with my small group. I am definitely going to suggest this book to anyone I know! Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
nferguson 4 days ago
Jesus in Me, the newest book by Anne Graham Lotz, is an in-depth exploration of the Holy Spirit. Anne delves into great detail regarding who the Holy Spirit is and His role in the life of the Christian. She provides many personal examples of how she has been guided and shepherded by the Holy Spirit. Anne is open and honest as she relates the ways the Holy Spirit has both comforted her and chastised her. This book is both easy to read and comprehensive. The Appendices include instructions for Bible study, discovering one’s spiritual gifts, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend this book. The Holy Spirit is often given lesser attention than God the Father and Jesus the Son, and Anne thoroughly rectifies that omission.
Anonymous 5 days ago
I absolutely love this book, because it is not just a book – it is a manifestation of Anne’s genuine and authentic walk with JESUS. It is one of these books that capture you and you can’t put it down. I was very touched by Anne’s honesty regarding the times she has come short in her walk with JESUS. I love that she does not talk to us from the position of self-righteousness, but rather, as one of us who loves us and wants everyone to discover what she has found in JESUS. What a blessing to have her help us realize that the HOLY SPIRIT can and does quicken, guide, ignite, shape and equip us. If we have Him living within us – we have everything we need, as all His divine ability is now available to us. Anne does a wonderful job reminding us of it and inviting those of us who still today haven’t experienced His love, comfort and power to invite JESUS into our hearts and gain a divine and holy friend for life. A friend who will never fail us. Who doesn’t need that? Oh, what a fiend! JESUS in me........
kimcres 7 days ago
With current, personal content from Anne Graham Lotz as well as study of biblical characters and Scriptures, this is a highly engaging and practical book. Grow your understanding and deepen your relationship with the Holy Spirit, Who is often the most misunderstood Person of the Trinity. The added appendixes provide further opportunities to mature your faith. I received a complimentary copy of the book without obligation. This review is my opinion.
Carole-Anne 7 days ago
This could possibly be the best book in the Anne Graham Lotz library. Impeccably written - impeccably timed - "Jesus in Me" challenges Christ-followers everywhere to pursue full-throttle an energizing, personal relationship with the Son of God. Through well-researched Scripture and personal experiences relayed as only she can relay them, Anne guides readers toward two life-altering realizations. The first is that every human is created in the image of God for the sovereign purpose of His glorification. The second, built on the foundation of the first, is that we fulfill this purpose only when we walk closely and in tandem with the Holy Spirit, who is literally Christ manifested in us. In confusing and  tempestuous times - amid what can be a confusing and tempestuous culture - "Jesus in Me" is a must-read for every person with a sincere desire to know, follow, and reflect Christ. #JesusInMeBook #AnneGrahamLotz #WaterBrookMultnomah 
Goldrush_Gal 8 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a free copy for an honest review. This book is very insightful and instructional. The lessons given are based on scripture.. I loved Anne's stories of her own struggles. Many times we view this type of person as someone above the troubles we all experience. But since she is a daughter of God and works for Him, Satan works over time to hinder her goals.. But he doesn't succeed. In the back of the book, she has many guidelines for us to follow to take action to improve our own lives. This is a book that you'll want in paper rather than an ebook. You'll want to be able to flip readily to a chapter or section to reread and absorb.
Sue_Fellows 10 days ago
This new book from Anne Graham Lotz does not disappoint. I have been a follower of her writings for many years and I looked forward to this new book because it is on a subject that gets passed by so much in the church. She shares her heart in this book. I am also a breast cancer survivor and I have Ovarian Cancer and I have followed her cancer story in depth and she shares her heart on this subject and many more. I find comfort in her words and way of expressing herself. She also shares her heart regarding widowhood and encourages anyone in this place in their lives. I found it hard to put down and even though I have been a Christian since childhood - I appreciated so much this fresh approach. I don't know about you but whenever I see her use name Jesus in her writings I can hear her speaking it - just like her Dad did - slow and with purpose. That is how she wrote this book - slow and with purpose. I highly recommend adding this to your e-book or personal collection. You will be blessed beyond words....
Sherrie Whitlock 11 days ago
As a baby christian this book help me tremendously understand more of the Holy spirit in a everyday life situation. This is an excellent book and I know will be a must read for my everyday walk with God that I will have to continue to read over and over again. Ann Graham has inspired my mind body and soul immensely through her teachings and book. Congratulations Anne on a great book!
Julie12 11 days ago
This book is such a wonderful book that explains the Holy Spirit and how He lives in us and helps us in every aspect of our life. Anne explains how He is Our Helper, Our Comforter, Our Advocate, Our Intercessor, Our Counselor, Our Strengthener, and Our Standby. She explains how each attribute guides us and helps us in our life. She shares about the death of her husband and how that Holy Spirit comforted her in her grieve. She also shares her cancer story and this was especially timely for me as I have recently been diagnosed with cancer. Finding out how the Holy Spirit guided her and comforted her each step of the way, was such an encouragement. I really love how Anne always backs everything up with Scripture and how she explains the Scriptures in a way that is easy to understand. It was really a pure joy to learn more about the Holy Spirit and to understand what a gift He is to us from Jesus. He is always waiting to help us and that is such a wonderful gift from God! I can't recommend this book enough! It has changed the way I understand about the Holy Spirit and has given me such comfort and joy in knowing all He does for me. This would be a wonderful book for anyone to read. I give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
rkfall 11 days ago
I found Jesus In Me by Anne Graham Lotz to be just what I was looking for. Such an inspiration to a believer’s walk with our Constant Companion. She talks about Him being within and without. About how the Adversary comes to stop us but the Strengthener comes to see us through. Sometimes I can feel like “folding up in a fetal position, whimpering in self-pity,” but she encourages me to “get a grip on the Holy Spirit” instead. She speaks on the importance of pre-praying and she shares a personal experience of that lived out in her life. She actually shares a lot of personal experiences in this book and it’s what makes it an amazing read. My favorite part is how she breaks down aspects of the Spirit being our Constant Companion in quickening, guiding, igniting, shaping, and equipping us. It becomes quite a rich read. I’ll be references, reading, and referring to this book quite a bit throughout my life as it points me to Scripture and encourages me in Him. I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Mar-J 11 days ago
Anne Graham Lotz latest book Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion is an inspiring and testimony of the author’s life. This book is filled with scriptures, experiences and ways to encourage Christians to walk more closely with God through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is Jesus Himself manifested in our lives as He promised to His disciples before His death and resurrection. This book is applicable to life’s struggles, victories and disappointments when our lives are surrendered to God’s spirit in us. Lotz writing is open and honest in an easy format that readers can connect with. The book is divided into seven parts with each part focusing on one aspect of the Holy Spirit when trusting and living as God has asked His children to live through His spirit. Jesus in Me is designed for believers, new believers, and those questioning God’s Spirit being real today. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Penguin Random House and was under no obligation to post a review. All thoughts are my own sincere ones. I highly recommend this book to women desiring to grow in their faith with Jesus Christ.
MemphisFan 11 days ago
First I will tell you that I was given an un-revised version of this book, Jesus in Me, as a member of the Launch Team. I am so thankful to Anne for writing this book!!! What a fresh biblical look at the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Through her own personal walk and study of the Holy Spirit, Anne encourages and equips us to see and treasure the Holy Spirit's presence and purpose in our lives. My copy now has notes and highlights all through it. A must read!!!
LGHudson 12 days ago
PHENOMENAL! I’ve had the privilege of hearing Anne Graham Lotz preach, worked through some of her Bible Studies and read some of her previous books. This book on how the Holy Spirit is Jesus in Me is written in her trademark style. It’s practical, easy to understand, filled with background information, encouraging and contains illustrations from her own personal life to make her point. Lotz writes about the names of the Holy Spirit and one that I’ve read but somehow just didn’t dwell on is “STANDBY” which is found in John 16:7 (Amplified Version). Standby is referenced again in Psalm 46:1. Lotz reminds us that the Holy Spirit can always be relied on either for regular use or when an emergency occurs. I think this quote best describes the role of JESUS IN ME: “... the only way to prepare for an emergency is to be pre-prayered. A crisis leaves no time to establish a relationship with God, no time to get right with Him, no time to learn how to pray. It leaves. No time. Period. A crisis just erupts without warning! So it’s critically important to establish a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ . . . now. To make sure that relationship is free of any sin that might cloud it or put distance between God and us . . . now. To establish a prayer life . . . now. Now. Before the crisis erupts. Then when it does, you and I can count on the Holy Spirit to be our Standby. He may not keep us from the emergency, but He will be with us in it and bring us through it.” I was provided an ARC of this book by WaterbrookMultnomah & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
LGHudson 12 days ago
PHENOMENAL! I’ve had the privilege of hearing Anne Graham Lotz preach, worked through some of her Bible Studies and read some of her previous books. This book on how the Holy Spirit is Jesus in Me is written in her trademark style. It’s practical, easy to understand, filled with background information, encouraging and contains illustrations from her own personal life to make her point. Lotz writes about the names of the Holy Spirit and one that I’ve read but somehow just didn’t dwell on is “STANDBY” which is found in John 16:7 (Amplified Version). Standby is referenced again in Psalm 46:1. Lotz reminds us that the Holy Spirit can always be relied on either for regular use or when an emergency occurs. I think this quote best describes the role of JESUS IN ME: “... the only way to prepare for an emergency is to be pre-prayered. A crisis leaves no time to establish a relationship with God, no time to get right with Him, no time to learn how to pray. It leaves. No time. Period. A crisis just erupts without warning! So it’s critically important to establish a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ . . . now. To make sure that relationship is free of any sin that might cloud it or put distance between God and us . . . now. To establish a prayer life . . . now. Now. Before the crisis erupts. Then when it does, you and I can count on the Holy Spirit to be our Standby. He may not keep us from the emergency, but He will be with us in it and bring us through it.” I was provided an ARC of this book by WaterbrookMultnomah & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
KKasey 12 days ago
Oh my goodness; where do I start? This will be a life manual for the rest of my life. I want to buy books for everyone I know. I truly believe anyone who reads this book; will have a life changing experience. I never knew all the information about the Holy Spirit Mrs. Lotz gives you in this book. I have learned so much. It has changed my life. Mrs. Lotz teaches you that the Holy Spirit is Jesus who is living in us in the spirit form. She uses scripture references to support her information in her book. She teaches us all the different aspects of the Holy Spirit and how He works constantly in your life. I have just finished the book and I am going to start over and read it again. My husband is reading it and he feels the same way. If you can’t read any other book; please pick up a copy of this book and have your life enriched and changed forever.
KKasey 12 days ago
Oh my goodness; where do I start? This will be a life manual for the rest of my life. I want to buy books for everyone I know. I truly believe anyone who reads this book; will have a life changing experience. I never knew all the information about the Holy Spirit Mrs. Lotz gives you in this book. I have learned so much. It has changed my life. Mrs. Lotz teaches you that the Holy Spirit is Jesus who is living in us in the spirit form. She uses scripture references to support her information in her book. She teaches us all the different aspects of the Holy Spirit and how He works constantly in your life. I have just finished the book and I am going to start over and read it again. My husband is reading it and he feels the same way. If you can’t read any other book; please pick up a copy of this book and have your life enriched and changed forever.
M_Fitzgerald 12 days ago
Jesus In Me is a Christian living book by well-known author and speaker Anne Graham Lotz. In her book the author explains how to have the Holy Spirit as a constant companion. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to hear about the Holy Spirit as a Person of the Trinity, instead of Holy Ghost. Holy Ghost which is what He was referred to when I was young always made me think of ghosts, not as a Comforter. In Jesus in Me the author takes you on a journey of her life as she discovers who the Holy Spirit is. The book begins with the seven different titles the Holy Spirit is known by. There are seven parts to the book. Each part is to help the reader further understand the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life. One of the questions asked and answered is: What is the filling of the Holy Spirit, and how can we experience it? The author states it is imperative that we find out, since it’s not an option in the Christian life. We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit (p. 88). I know God can’t allow sin into His presence. But as I was reading I also saw that sin can cause a blockage preventing us from experiencing all of the Holy Spirit in our life (p. 89). The purpose, goal, and the priority of the Holy Spirit can be summed up in one word: JESUS (p.215). I recommend this book to all born-again believers. I read and reviewed an ARC. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
Anonymous 12 days ago
I enjoyed this book on the Holy Spirit as it provided information and has many self evaluation and guides to enhance my spiritual growth. A person can just read the book but to get the most benefit I needed to work through steps outlined in the book. I have always believed that we are filled with Holy Spirit at time we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior but this book goes so much further. Recommend to all believers.
Sandra_McAdory 12 days ago
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. Hey, y’all! First, I would like to relate an experience The Holy Spirit allowed me to have a few days ago. Normally, I am pretty much housebound, due to caring for my father. However, I had a dental appointment last week. I had finished reading Jesus In Me; but, I laid it in my lap, because I wanted to take some notes for this review. The dental hygienist came over to me in the waiting room and asked what I was reading! I was able to share about this WONDERFUL book with a real live person. After I had told her the title, author, and a little about the book, she went back to her desk. I glanced over and saw the bookmark that had been included with my Launch Team book. I was grateful that I could give that to her to ensure she didn’t forget the title and author! What a blessing for me! I am 63 years old. I have been a born again Christian since I was 9. My mother included me on trips to listen to Anne Graham Lotz speak in person several times during her lifetime. I have read her other books, listened to and watched her videos, followed her on Facebook, and learned from her throughout the years. But, Hallelujah!, I learned so many new things from her about The Holy Spirit from this book! As Christians, we have all the power we need to live Godly lives. The Holy Spirit lives in us! We just have to ask Him to guide us! He continually prays for us! Anne gives us very personal insights to the Holy Spirit through her willingness to be transparent about her own life. The Lord has also blessed me with the names of the people He wants me to give a copy of Jesus In Me! I cannot wait to receive the books, so that I can share the treasures in Anne’s book. Jesus In Me is available on October 1st. We, as a Launch Team, have been praying for each and every one of you. Please buy it in whichever form you will benefit from it the most. Read it! Listen to it! Make it a priority! You won’t regret it!
Phyl77 12 days ago
If you read only one religious book this year, I suggest you read this book. It will change your life. Want to walk with God in the power of the Holy Spirit? Read this book! It’s that good. Read the book slowly, a few pages at a time, because it is chock full of useful information that has to be thought about, or as my generation says, chewed slowly and digested. Ms. Lotz breaks the book into useful steps that you can apply so that you not only recognize your gifts of the spirit, but also how to apply them in your daily life. Her honesty in baring her own inadequacies makes her a person that comes across as believable and sincere as she seeks to know the Holy Spirit. It is a great reference book for anyone seeking to know more about the Holy Spirit. I have passages underlined, notes written in the side margins that speak to me, and that encourage me in my desire to know the Holy Spirit more each day. After reading this book, and saying the prayers in the book, I feel so much closer to God. I intend to follow the steps and guidance contained in this book to walk more closely with Jesus. Jesus In Me is beautifully written, and easy to understand and apply. It will speak to your heart if you let it. Awesome book!
ecclecticnurse 12 days ago
This book has been an eye-opener for me. The author has brought to light the truth about the Holy Spirit and made Him so accessible to all of us. Lotz inspires and convicts and encourages throughout the entire book. I will admit this is a rollercoaster of a book and there were some chapters that I struggled and trudged thru. Still I would greatly recommend this book as a beacon of truth in our dark world. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
Wordscaper 12 days ago
What I've always enjoyed about Anne Graham Lotz's books is the scriptural content, readability and relate-ability. In reading this book I realized even more just how closely she walks with the Holy Spirit. And each of the 27 chapters inspires us to pursue Jesus even more. Organized into seven themes, Anne helps us understand also how deep is the Father's love for us. I was so encouraged and plan to give copies to family and friends of Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion. This book should be in every believer’s library and with the questions for thought, it's perfect for a book club or Bible study group. I didn’t want to stop reading and plan to re-read over and over, adding to the notes I took the first time. I’m expecting this treasure to become a classic. I appreciated the opportunity from Netgalley and Waterbrook-Multnomah to read an advanced copy.
Mama_Cat 12 days ago
The Holy Spirit, third member of the Trinity, is probably the least known and understood despite the awesome work He does in us today. This scripture-based book shares who the Holy Spirit is and what His work is in our lives, including and especially pointing us to Jesus. I have been familiar with Anne Graham Lotz since attending one of her Just Give Me Jesus weekends several years ago, and appreciate her sound teaching and manner of speaking, as if there are simply a few friends talking over coffee. Through her encouragement, honesty, and shared scripture, I want to continue learning more about the Holy Spirit, loving Him, and letting Him work in my heart. The author shares much about the Christian life, including special prayers for personal revival and how one comes to faith in Jesus as Savior. One learns step by step through the seven sections of the book, including Loving the Person of the Holy Spirit, Enjoying the Presence of the Holy Spirit, Relying on the Power of the Holy Spirit, Embracing the Purpose of the Holy Spirit, Living by the Precepts of the Holy Spirit, Reflecting on the Purity of the Holy Spirit, and Trusting in the Providence of the Holy Spirit. I like how each section is laid out; I can’t think of anything that was left out! We learn much about the Trinity throughout both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. I had not thought about it before, but Mrs. Lotz emphasizes that the Holy Spirit loves each of us individually and He isn’t “stuck” with us. But we have to allow Him to work in our lives, and the reader sees how the author demonstrates His work and presence through applicable illustrations, scripture, and her own experiences. Anne Graham Lotz has had many rich, as well as challenging, events in her life, from growing up with both parents being strong, faithful believers, to being a young mother, beginning to teach Bible study, and major life changes of recent years. She shares these experiences without self-pity or anger. Instead, the author shows how the Holy Spirit has been with her through it all. He encourages her, convicts her, protects her, leads her even in the most challenging missionary journeys. She is open and honest about the hardest times of her life and how the Holy Spirit has comforted, helped, counseled, and led her through excruciatingly painful times. I appreciate the demonstration of how she studies scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is unique, and I want to try her suggestions after struggling with how to study in a manner that I can understand and remember it, difficult in recent years due to health challenges. I also appreciate the difference between being indwelt by the Holy Spirit and being filled with Him, a list of personal sins that can help with personal self-examination and confession, and various spiritual gifts. This book is excellent for personal study along with a Bible and notebook, and I hope a study guide will be forthcoming in the future. Thanks to the author’s way of writing and teaching, I am definitely encouraged to learn more and allow the Holy Spirit to work in my life. I highly recommend this to anyone who is curious about Christianity, who wants to know more about Jesus and His Holy Spirit, and wants to have so much more of the Holy Spirit working through their lives. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this from the publisher and from NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
GailHollingsworth 12 days ago
When I first heard about this book I knew it was one I needed to read. So much has happened to Anne Graham Lotz recently. Her husband dies, her father dies and then she is diagnosed with breast cancer. So much for any one person to handle in so short of a time. But she wants us to know that the Holy Spirit was there for her in all her heartache, to comfort and sustain her through it all. She teaches us to love, enjoy, rely on, trust and listen to His whispers. And most importantly to me, how to be filled and stay filled with the Holy Spirit. Her father, Rev Billy Graham, has called her the best preacher in the family. I’ve had the privilege to hear her in person. She is a powerful voice for God. I highly recommend this book to anyone that needs a closer walk with the Lord and the encouragement and support of His Spirit in good times and difficult times. I am thankful that Anne Graham Lotz has recently finished her last chemo after a long year of chemo treatments. God is good! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 12 days ago
This was a very well written book about the Holy Spirit active in the believer's life. Though I felt I knew a lot about the Holy Spirit before reading it, my knowledge was definitely expanded by exploring deeply the many facets of His character and work, supported by specific scriptures. The book was filled with so many personal examples in Anne's life and in the life of her family too that I felt better acquainted with all of them. The writing style was riveting and drew me in such a way that I didn't want to stop, even when I knew I needed to spend time thinking through what she'd just written. I often read short portions to my husband that I couldn't wait to share. I particularly enjoyed reading about the Holy Spirit's power of transformation, particularly in the lives of others as taught in chapter 13. Appendix D about the Gifts of the Spirit was also rewarding and thought provoking. This book is one that I'll want to reread again, as the truths there reflect the timeless truths in the Word of God that I can't get enough of. I would highly recommend it!