When Heaven Invades Earth
Bill Johnson
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When Heaven Invades Earth

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,382 ratings  ·  106 reviews
It is truly possible for human people to walk in the divine, and Christ came to show us the way. It is by rediscovering our true identity in Him that we can begin to move into the promises of God regarding the miraculous. Bill Johnson not only teaches the supernatural, he imparts it by changing the way we think. If you are not walking in the miraculous, you're living far b...more
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Published March 10th 2010 by Destiny Image Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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This book was so abysmally bad I'm not even sure where to begin. It's not worth one star, but sadly Good Reads doesn't have a "no stars" rating option. When the Introduction begins by stating Johnson's affinity for Aimee McPherson and Smith Wigglesworth it doesn't bode well. I resent wasting time reading trash of this nature, but as a pastor it's sometimes necessary in order to respond to questions raised by church members who are exposed thanks to other churches and pastors that lack an underst...more
David Holford
Having been encouraged to read this book by someone who puts a lot of stock in Bill Johnson, I found about 15 significant theological problems in the first 11 chapters. Johnson's errors appear to stem from two main sources. First, he admits that the sole purpose of his life is to perpetuate the blessing he received in Toronto. (page 88) As a result, it is the font of everything he teaches and believes. Second, he states, "The acceptable way of studying Scripture puts the power of revelation into...more
Logan Lee
As if I were a child wandering too close to the road, I had received stern instruction of caution before reading Bill Johnson. While the instruction may have provided temporary novocain , the shock-factor -approach to Johnson's writing soon exploded past the numbing. Overall, I found the book refreshing. Finally, I'm starting to see some conviction within the church to believe in the same Jesus we read about in the Gospels. Johnson, leading by example in his church in CA, is urging us to infiltr...more
Paul Johnson
This book emphasizes the spiritual war that is going on in this physical world. I considered the emphasis of the book to be on the power we have as believers of God through the Holy Spirit to combat evil. I rate it as amazing because the author gives excellent ideas and examples of when the Holy Spirit is used to produce miracles in this world. The Holy Spirit produces real results. It gave me a new perspective on God's power and how as believers we are called to use it at times.

I once heard a s...more
Bob Ladwig
Johnson's book is representative of the neo-charismatic movement, full of anecdotes and stories to prove unbiblical doctrines along with badly applied Bible texts. Add to that healthy soil your run of the mill power in positive thinking in spiritualized language and you got yourself a movement. Probably the worst thing about the book as I recall having read it a few years back is that Johnson literally described the gospel (Christ dying for sinners to save them from the wrath they deserve) as bu...more
New wine.

I picked up this book a year ago and was really challenged by the preaching of the "gospel of the kingdom." It's just not what I'd heard most of my life in church! Some of it I didn't know whether I agreed with altogether, not because it contradicted the Bible, but because it was so revolutionary to my thinking. One thing led to another, however, and I didn't open the book again until recently. In that one year, I had a chance to grow in my faith to the point that the book was much more...more
Quite simply a must read. The Western church is divided into two distinct camps. However they are are not 'liberal versus' evangelical', as too many assessments assume. Rather it is 'those who in practice believe the Holy Spirit has come in power among us', versus 'those who in practice believe that was for another time, or another place'.

Bill's books clearly fall into the former category. After reading this book and the testimonies of the miraculous he shares, I could not help but agree that th...more
Buz Mayo
I am currently reading this book. I first listened to the author speak at a conference. The impact he had on me is affecting my view of the book. What I sense when I see him in person is humility, boldness, confidence in God and honesty. The book reflects his character. If the same words were written by someone with less believability, it would be easy to dismiss. But there is something weighty about the book that challenges me and even makes me feel uncomfortable - in a good way.
This is one of my favorite inspirational, inspiring, instructive Christian life books I have ever read. It was challenging, convicting, and opened my eyes to the kingdom of God. I am not living life the same after reading this book.
May 07, 2012 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting to live a life of miracles
Recommended to Carol by: John and Jeana Gilligan
This book is very rich spiritually. I am reading it slowly and taking it in a little at a time. The meat of the message is too multifaceted to take in quickly. Also, the read will draw your soul into the fire of the LORD that removes lies, carnality, and anything else hindering your living a life of miracles. This book burns off the carnal. You get into deeper realms of knowing God just opening it up. This book is meat for the hungry soul. I highly recommend it to those who are wondering why the...more
Brandon Stiver
This is one of the most challenging books I've ever read. It is definitely a faith builder, although it does go against a lot of what I was taught growing up, or at least what I've always believed. I am anticipating miracles in my life for sure and this book gets me geared up for seeing God's Kingdom come in power. I would suggest this book to anyone, especially if you want a challenge and new things to pray and hope for. I certainly enjoyed this book.
Absolutely one of my favorite books!! Life changing. Since reading this, have now heard Bill Johnson teach in person 10-15 times and have several of his book and many of his CDs. I beleive God chose him as one ot give fresh revelation to.
If everyone could get "on earth as it is in Heaven" then this world would be radically different. Christians would pray with expectation that Heaven will indeed come to earth. One of the best books I've ever read.
Very encouraging and inspiring! :)
Let's sum this up in one of my favourite bibleverses:
"For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power." ~ 1. Corinthians 4:20
Yay baaam
Foundational paradigms are outlined in this book, which will help you realize the hopes and desires for this world that are on your heart. And your the only one with your heart, so read this book!
Spencer R
A review will be up soon, but I can only wish that I could 'officially' give this book zero stars. Most books I review, if I don't like them, I'll explain why and still give them a decent score. There have been a mere few that I didn't like, but not because of heresy. Saying Jesus set aside His divinity is no small matter. Anything that is good in this book is all for naught by being set in the context of dishonest gain. More to come soon.

"But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not wa...more
Marianne Butler
Just reading the introductions, there were enough comments to throw up a red flag, so I read the first few chapters with my discernment goggles on. He made lots of unusual points that I had never heard before - also a red flag - and brought together several ideas from different passages in the Bible that were interesting...but also kind of iffy as far as being theologically sound. I wanted to like this book, as I am desperate to learn more about the Holy Spirit, but I would prefer to learn about...more
Mike Gorski
If you had filled me with random theological/bible/christian vocabularly and then shook me until I vomited, something similar to this book would have come out. This has to be one of the most poorly written and contradictory books I have ever read. Johnson's exegesis is inconsistent and his use of the scriptures is generally abominable. While I appreciate my Charismatic brothers' passion and love for Jesus, I pray that they won't be sucked into this kind of nonsensical chicanery. Hardly a develo...more
Jordan Evans
This is the best book I have ever read. I can honestly say that it changed my life, and I would recommend it to anybody and everybody, including youth and students. It is powerful.

Bill Johnson is the Pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California. He is an amazing man of God, and the best Bible teacher I have ever heard. I subscribe to all of his podcasts and teachings. I plan on buying all of his other books after reading this one.
Sep 20, 2007 Sally rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Followers of Christ that want to live in the Spirit
Oh, I will probably read this through the night tonight.
How about this: sickness in the body is like sin in the heart. That should tell us all that God desires to heal. Much to ponder about this. Reading this is like having a light shine in dark places of my life I never knew existed.And as I read my heart beats faster and I am longing for all that the pages speak.
David 'Wavey' Cowpar
I went into reading this quite skeptically.

I believe that the Holy Spirit is active and moving through the gifts we read about in Scripture and had heard of Bill Johnson and Bethel through Andy, my friend. If there is more of God to be had I want to be involved in that more. The present expressions of Church and Christian life seem really small to me.

One quote that really stuck out from this book was about a conversation with a cessationalist. This person was basically saying that the gifts had...more
Verses taken out of context to make points that don't make sense.
Plus, it supports the heresy known as “kenosis theory”.

Bill Johnson has high respect for Benny Hinn.
And associations like that is enough for me not to trust his teachings, judgment and discernment.
Aubrey Dela Cruz - Bartolome
This book is ruining me. But in the best way possible. It's shattering some of the mindsets I've head for years about being a believer. After finishing I'll probably read it again because I might be missing so many amazing points he made about being a Christian.
Another one of Bill Johnson's good books. His writing is simple and its an easy read. The examples he uses are applicable and relevant to life situations. I can highly recommend this book to anyone looking to enrich their spiritual walk with the Lord.
Ryan Adair
I read this when it first came out ten years ago, and it was wonderful then. It is just as good now. Though, I do have to confess, I'm not in to devotionals, which is contained in this volume as well.
Israel Soler
This book changed my life. I learned things about the Kingdom of God that I had never heard before. I learned things that I had read in the Bible but had not been truly taught yet. Great book.
Patricia Atchison
Should be required reading for every Christian. Will stretch and challenge who you think you are and what capabilities God has given you as His child.
Benjamin Sos
I found this book to be inspiring and following the ideas and putting them into practice has already seen three healings in people I have prayed for and has given them faith and I only finished reading it in December. People who are slamming this book, how do you explain the Spirit working in these situations if the theology is as messed up as you say it is? I'm sorry for your lack of faith and understanding of the Bible. I hope you can put your pride aside and read this open minded and allow th...more
Nathan Simmons
This book is trash. I'm only three chapters in and I've already marked all over it. Johnson rips scripture out of context, distorts it by either misapplying it or not using the entire verse to prove his point. He uses subtle manipulation and strong language to condemn anyone with a brain. This book will appeal to very spiritual people, because he promises greater spiritual experiences......which is why this book is so dangerous. I want to know and experience more of God too, but the bible calls...more
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