Entrust Publications is the publisher for educational and inspirational materials created by Randy and Deanna Harrison for training Christian leaders. Our mission is taken from Paul’s exhortation to Timothy, “And what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim 2:2). Randy and Deanna have been producing practical tools for training faithful men and women in Africa and France since 1979. After sharing some of the concepts from these materials in churches across the United States, they have received numerous requests to publish these materials in English. Randy published Overwhelmed by the Spirit in 2013. He has used the French version of this material (Bouleversé par l’Esprit) to help Christian leaders in Africa for more than 20 years. It is our hope that your questions and comments will help us produce and develop future publications.
Overwhelmed by the Spirit opens with the author's eyewitness account of an overwhelming manifestation of God's power and transitions quickly into an extensive biblical study on the various experiences with the Spirit described in Luke and Acts. Examining these highly debated passages within the context of Luke's literary strategy, the author discovers an essential key to their understanding. Much of the vocabulary Luke uses to describe the work of the Spirit is tailored to demonstrate the fulfillment of specific Old Testament prophecies. This crucial component in Luke's reasoning leads to a coherent comprehension of all Luke's controversial expressions about the Spirit. Peppered with illustrations from the author's life and ministry, the book retains a very practical emphasis. The last chapter offers practical advice taken from clues in Luke-Acts on seeking the empowering of the Holy Spirit for our own lives and ministries. Impassioned experience and solid biblical research come together in this important study.
By paying attention to the diverse biblical passages that readers in one group or another sometimes ignore, Randall Harrison's Overwhelmed by the Spirit provides an extraordinarily balanced biblical theology of the Spirit and empowerment for mission. He communicates this work biblically, passionately and with a focus on what matters--God's presence and power and our mission for him.
--Craig Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary