Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Holy Roller

Julie Lyons was working as a crime reporter when she followed a hunch into the South Dallas ghetto. She wasn’t hunting drug dealers, but drug addicts who had been supernaturally healed of their addictions.

At The Body of Christ Assembly, a rundown church, Lyons found the story she was looking for. The minister welcomed criminals, prostitutes, and street people–anyone who needed God. He prayed for the sick, the addicted, and the demon-possessed, and people were supernaturally healed.

Lyons ’s story landed on the front page of the Dallas Times Herald. But she got much more than just a great story, she found an unlikely spiritual home. Though the people at The Body of Christ Assembly are black and Pentecostal, and Lyons is white and from a traditional church background, she embraced their spirituality–that of “the Holy Ghost and fire.”

Michael's Thoughts:

This was a fascinating and easy to read book. I appreciated the struggles Julie went through as she tried to rediscover her spirituality, namely, a faith relationship with Jesus. What is wonderful is that this is a true story, the people are real, and most importantly, the work of the Holy Spirit is VERY REAL.

The book left me wanting more and more of what Julie was discovering. There are some real theological nuggets interspersed through the book. What a joy it would be to enter The Body of Christ Assembly and know that all people, irregardless of who and what they are, are welcome. Another example of what you find in this church were the people who cared for one another and helped one another as spiritual mother's and father's.

I would highly encourage you to read this wonderful, fast paced book. You can purchase it at -

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