This is a book that has needed to be written. Michael J Klassen wrote it ‘for people like me’ who have been wounded within the charismatic movement, and who need answers about what was bad – as well as what was good – about their experience.

In a conversational manner, he takes an honest look at the more common charismatic beliefs and practices and examines them in the light of scripture. He writes with care about various abuses of the movement, and shows how he sees that the meaning and context of certain scriptures have been wrongly interpreted, leading to wrong conclusions and practice.

But he also endorses the many parts of the charismatic experience that are biblical and are still bearing good fruit. He defends experience as important to spiritual growth and understanding, and the chapter on spiritual warfare is excellent and challenging.