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Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Heart of His People

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  8,533 ratings  ·  197 reviews
The Times Are Urgent God Is on the Move Now Is the Moment to ask God to ignite his fire in your soul! Pastor Jim Cymbala believes that Jesus wants to renew his people to call us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion. Cymbala knows the difference firsthand. Thirty-five years ago his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of ...more
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Published March 31st 2003 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published 1997)
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Jenn
“Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire”
By Jim Cymbala

Part 1: Key Learnings
• Page 19: God is attracted to weakness. Our weakness makes room for His power.
o Application: I need to rely on God’s power to run Growth Group and by ready to acknowledge and identify my areas of weakness
• Page 26: God is present, and he would act on our behalf.
o Application: Great encouragement to people I meet with in difficult circumstances. Use stories of God’s faithfulness to act as encouragement.
• Page 49: Prayer cannot be taug
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Frank
Book Review: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire By Jim Cymbala

In 1972, a young married man who did not have a background in ministry took over a dying congregation in a tough, inner-city neighborhood at the urgent request of his minister father-in-law.

Less than twenty people were attending services, the building was in disrepair and there was no money for even basic necessities. Yet within a few years the congregation was much larger and thriving. It eventually began to number in the thousands and develope
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Danny
Jun 11, 2010 Danny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Enjoyed this book about allowing God’s Spirit to invade our hearts. Some of my favorite quotes include:
“I discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to weakness. He can't resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him.”
“After all, people weren't hungry for fancy sermons or organizational polish. They just wanted love. They wanted to know that God could pick them up and give them a second chance.”
“Because I had been a basketball player, it never dawned on me to ev
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Seth Little
While this was an inspirational read, I had a hard time stomaching the anti-intellectual bent of Pastor Cymbala. He is clearly a man of the highest intentions and of faith, but I don't think he presents a balanced, holistic view of Christian ministry in the end. I recommend this book as a secondary part of a balanced reading diet for church leaders.
Aaron
Jim Cymbala was a familiar name to me, as I had read some of his articles in Charisma magazine. The Charismatic books are the most widely read books in Christendom. I've not really been impressed with one to date—there is always a running theme under them all which I do not adhere to.

Jim was thrown into the role of Pastor by the hand of his father-in-law. Jim had no formal ministerial training(and I suspect still hasn't), and make no mistake about it, he takes pride in that fact.

Preaching the w
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Murray
Jim Cymbala is the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Although he didn't found the tabernacle, it was just a handful of parishoners when his father-in-law gave him the assignment back in the early 70s. It now attracts some 8,000 weekly seekers and has satellites thoughout the land. Ironically, Fresh Wind Fresh Fire is about not seeking numbers in your church but seeking the Holy Spirit. He, if given the opportunity, will grow your church and depth of worship. I've read numerous books by Jim but ...more
Mandy Hoffman
MY REVIEW:

I think it was the title...but for whatever reason this is a book I had seen many times and just never bought for myself to read. But recently when a dear man of God recommended this to our church leadership I immediately found it on PaperBackSwap and began to read it.

WOW!

This book is not about the how-to's of prayer like so many other books are, but about the why we pray and the power of prayer. And for those of you in my circle, it's not "out there" either. While there are a few thi
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Leah Beecher
This is an excellent book for any Christian who wants to discover what "The Church" is supposed to look like, and act like. Jim Cymbala is humble and authentic. His passion for Christ comes through on every page. With much wisdom and insight he gives a very balanced view on issues dealing with spiritual warfare and culture issues.His stand and hard-hitting truth is always saturated in scripture. He makes the important and often looked-over point that the "problems with the world" is not seculari ...more
Simon Bale
It wasn't that I disliked the book's core message: that prayer and the Holy Spirit are what matters in Christian community today. It was the way the message was communicated.

I felt beaten up and beaten down by the onslaught of marshal metaphors, and seriously unnerved at the prejudice shown by Cymbala on matters of family life, sexuality and relationships.

The core message could have been got across in a dozen or more pages, and the rest could be left out. It is a truly serious and valuable messa
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Jacki
This was a quick little book. I read it in just one evening.

I really loved the first half, all the history of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It is incredible what God did through these people.

I read this for a book club & when I first saw it, I was kind of bummed. It didn't seem like something I would like at all, but in fact I thought it was pretty good.
Jordan Terrell
I've been growing frustrated lately with many churches assumption that God's kingdom needs to be built on programs, strategies, talent, and polish. Oh, and maybe some prayer and the Holy Spirit. Somewhere we seem to be missing the point. Turns out Jim Cymbala had this thought first and published it back in 1997. I'm so glad I finally had a chance to read this book.

It's not a long book. But aren't the most profound aspects of the Christian also the simplest. God told us to seek Him in prayer, an
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Shaun Marksbury
With recommendations from Drs. Joseph Stowell and Warren Wiersbe, it was a given that Jim Cymbala’s Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire would become a bestseller. Full of relatable stories of struggle with sin, this pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle writes this engaging work that will encourages readers to turn the sufficiency of self to trust in the power of prayer. Even so, this is not a book I recommend.

First, irony opens the book: a man who wasn’t called to be a pastor treaded water by gaining footing on
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Tony Huy
May 12, 2012 Tony Huy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tony by: Jon Sarinana
Great book. I was blessed, encouraged, and taught through it. This book planted seeds for my discovery of a life dependent upon the Holy Spirit (still discovering) and has caused seismic shifts in some of my views on how church is done.
Brenan
I really liked it. It was very convicting as far as realizing that prayer is super important and that it isn't emphasized enough in today's Church. I didn't agree with everything he said, but overall it was an excellent.
Josh
Good book on prayer and the need for churches to be built on what God can do, not what we can do.
Aurelie
I loved Jim Cymbala's account of he went from pastor of a small poorly attended, ordinary church to a leader of a power-filled church through the prayer of faith in the miracle-working God of the Bible. He encourages me in my quest for the supernatural of God in my life. The book is a testimony that God has not changed, He still comes down and performs signs and wonders in the lives of His saints who choose to call on His name instead of resorting to man-made solutions, just as He did countless ...more
Cary
What is it really that stops us from becoming mighty warriors in the Lord? God has not changed. He is still superior to anything the enemy can throw against us.

No personal or church situation is too hopeless for the all-sufficient power of the Holy Spirit. God will be no more eager to act tommorow than he is right now. He is waiting for us to take his promises seriously and go boldly to the throne of grace. He wants us to meet the enemy at the very point of attack, standing against Him in the n
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Jon
The amazing awakening of the congregation of Brooklyn Tabernacle. Pastor Cymbala displays the history of what God did in changing the mindset of a tiny, fledgling congregation in Brooklyn from man-focus to God-focus. This book is full of short snippets of the history and ministry of the Brooklyn Tab--a chronicle of God’s working in the city. Starting at the beginning of Cymbala’s ministry, the book opens with stories of failure and heartache. A 20 person discouraged church almost made Jim Cymbal ...more
Valerie Van Moorsel
Are we too comfortable in our pews? Is the message a watered down version of God’s truth? does the message give you a warm fuzzy good feeling as you rush out to the car after service? Is the service too regimented too choreographed to planned that even the Holy Spirit has no room to enter in?
These are the questions that I asked myself while I was reading this book “Fresh wind, Fresh fire” by Jim Cymbala . it challenged me to take a look at my own convictions before God, am I going to church bec
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Donald McKinnon
What happens when a church is opened up to the Spirit of God? What happens when people pray? What can God do through you when you allow Him to use you? These are just some of the thoughts and reflections Cymbala asks in this book which is also a memoir of the start of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Cymbala is careful to say that God grew the church as they prayed, but at the end of the book he makes it a point to say that not all churches can start a prayer meeting, and expect great results of the bat ...more
Joshua
A very inspirational read from a humble man. An evangelist friend of mine visited the prayer meeting service of the Brooklyn Tabernacle some years ago and was quite moved.

Several items I took away from the book:

1) The strength of one's church does not lie in the attendance to any of the preaching services...it lies in the attendance to the prayer service. I wonder how many people would show up to our mid-week services if we announced that it would only be a time of praise and prayer?? The author
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Erin
I really enjoyed this one. This books shows that if you are earnestly seeking, praying, and calling on God, He listens and he will reward you. Hebrews 11:6

Some parts that really stood out to me and affected me:

"If we call upon the Lord, he promised in his word to answer, to bring the unsaved to himself, to pour out his spirit among us. If we don't call upon the name of the Lord, he has promised nothing-nothing at all. The future will depend upon our time in prayer." -Jim Cymbala pg. 27

"The more
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Jane
This is one of my favorite books! I have read it over and over. I have numerous pages bent over and more pages than that highlighted with wonderful words of wisdom.

Chapter 10: Father of the Faithful
Page 160-161

Faith deals with the invisible things of God. It refuses to be ruled by the physical senses. Faith is able to say, "You can do what you like, because I know God is going to take care of me. He has promised to bless me wherever he leads me. " Remember that even when every demon in hell stan
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Dottie Parish
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire is a powerful account of how God’s Spirit worked in the life of Jim Cymbala and his wife as they took over a run down church with few members and no financial support. Through many struggles and thoughts of giving up Cymbala stayed the course and the Brooklyn Tabernacle is now an icon in the city of New York and the world. More importantly it has transformed the lives of many desperate people from all walks of life.

Early on Cymbala decided that the Tuesday evening prayer
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Trent
Was not what I thought the book was going to be on. Even though the book is labeled as Pentecostal, it is really on prayer and how the church should look for today's culture. Even though this book is quite a few years old it is just as relevant and will continue to stay that way due to his writing. I reccomemd this to any reader gaining insight on what a healthy church should look like.
Elisabeth
I got a lot out of this book. I pretty much devoured it in just a couple hours. A lot of Christian living/inspirational books out there are just so fluffy and "christianity lite." This actually challenges the reader to change and take their faith seriously. It brings to mind the verse in the book of James, I think, that says something along the lines of faith without works is dead. We don't earn our salvation but there should be evidence that SOMETHING has changed and we are living a new life.
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Carla Knowlton
Many books exist that exhort God's people to pray. Cymbala takes a different approach. I did not feel like someone was trying to preach to me or to teach me, although at times, those are needful. In this book, I followed along on Cymbala's path of being a pastor. I was there for his struggles, doubts, fears, and hard decisions. Along the way, I could see how his relationship with God helped guide his decision-making. I felt his inner struggles as finances dwindled, congregations slept, and famil ...more
Travis Stockton
One of my favorite books on prayer, Jim Cymbala saturates each page with the passion he has for prayer, allowing for the fresh wind of passionate prayer to spread, the fresh fire setting a person on fire for the conversational relationship with God we were intended to have.

Not one book in my prayer class of my undergraduate Bible degree catches the essence of prayer as this book does. As my professor said, prayer is more caught than taught, meaning that prayer is something of a dialogue with no
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Rock Rockwell
Aug 21, 2007 Rock Rockwell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians who need some fire!
A great book to realize the power of God through typical people who are open to God's leading. The power of the Spirit in ordinary people to do extraordinary ministry for the gospel is extremely encouraging. The story of a man "untrained" by Seminary/Denominational standards plants a church in New York City - it never stops growing to this day! What is the trick? Prayer! Spirit-led prayer fuels a church to stand on the gospel in order to see lives transform from drugs, addictions, prostitution, ...more
John
Nov 19, 2007 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
When God calls, not only does He have a definite plan, He'll fulfill it, if we take the time to find out His plan, and stick with Him, no matter what things look like on the outside.

Excellent book! I read it approximately 4 years ago, but I'm reading it again to glean more from it. I'm currently experiencing some of its truths, so it's even more applicable to my life now than when I first read it. I find myself underlining things I didn't underline before. I intend to go back and type out all th
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Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years. The author of the best-selling titles Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; and Fresh Power, he lives in New York City with his wife, Carol Cymbala, who directs the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
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