Here in Spirit: Knowing the Spirit Who Creates, Sustains, and Transforms Everything, By Jonathan K. Dodson

Here in Spirit

Knowing the Spirit Who Creates, Sustains, and Transforms Everything

by Jonathan K. Dodson

Here in Spirit
  • Length: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: September 25, 2018
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4544
  • ISBN: 9780830845446

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“I'll be there in spirit.”

We say this knowing it isn't really possible. Yet we often find ourselves dislocated from the present, inattentive to things in front of us: people, work, culture, ministry opportunities, prayer, and even the Spirit himself.

The Holy Spirit, however, relocates us in the present, motivating us to fully engage whatever God puts before us. Instead of relating narrowly to the Spirit based on just a few of his gifts, this book broadens our engagement with him, touring aspects of his vast character that often go unexplored. It turns out, living here in the Spirit is the source of the most meaningful, creative, satisfying life possible.

"As its name suggests, Here in Spirit is a thoughtful discussion of why Christians should not only live in the moment, but in the Spirit as well. Each chapter unveils another revelation of what the Father wants for and from the followers of his Son and why his Spirit is key to it all. Well organized and illustrated, Dodson has gifted the church with a user-friendly pneumatology (doctrine of the Holy Spirit) that seeks to motivate church members to grow in their understanding and experience of the third member of the Holy Trinity. An important book, I heartily recommend it!"

Gary Tyra, professor of biblical and practical theology, Vanguard University, author of Getting Real: Pneumatological Realism and the Spiritual, Moral, and Ministry Formation of Contemporary Christians

"As a trusted guide, Jonathan helps us recover the beauty of a life lived with the Spirit of God inside us. This book will remind you to see God around every corner."

Jennie Allen, author of Nothing to Prove, founder and visionary of the IF:Gathering

"Jonathan Dodson’s voice is one I trust, and he has written a helpful resource for anyone seeking to understand and know the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has confused Christians on all ends of the theological spectrum, but this book helps us see the Holy Spirit as he’s unpacked in Scripture. As the title states, he creates, sustains, and transforms—and we have access to him! I highly recommend this book!"

Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at the Austin Stone Community Church

"In Here in Spirit, Jonathan Dodson invites us to look up from the usual squabbles over the role of the Holy Spirit and drink in a grander, richer view of the third person of the Trinity. From the cosmic span of the Spirit who sustains all creation, to his involvement in the ordinary rhythms of our daily lives, this book offers us a deep and yet readable account, which invites us not just to learn about the Spirit but to fall deeper in love with him."

Mark Sayers, senior leader at Red Church, Melbourne, author of Strange Days and Disappearing Church

"John Stott began every day from his waking moment with a prayer to each person of the Holy Trinity, specifically greeting the Holy Spirit and asking him to go on growing his fruit in John’s life. And God answered that prayer abundantly! This book would commend such practice, with its strong call to know the Spirit of God in much more personal and intimate terms than before. I am grateful for Jonathan Dodson’s challenge. His book is very easy to read, but not at all just an easy read. I have been reminded of things I’d forgotten and rebuked for things I’ve neglected. The book has blessed my life this very day and will impact the sermon I have to preach in ten days' time. That’s because it is resonant with multiple scriptures, rich in honest, personal experience, and constantly relevant to everyday life."

Christopher J. H. Wright, Langham Partnership, author of Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament and Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit

"Too often, we Christians are content settling for weak, anemic, and uncompelling versions of what is meant to be a strong, healthy, and life-giving expression of life in Christ. Jonathan does a great job drawing us into this more robust, Spirit-led vision for what life can be in the here and now. God has given us an inner resource to help us be and become the very best version of ourselves. It’s time we started drawing on that resource!"

Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, author of From Weakness to Strength

Read an Excerpt


1. The Greatest Gift
2. Culture with the Spirit
3. More Than a Force
4. Renewing All Things
5. The Spirit of Silence
6. More Than Conviviality
7. The Great Companion
8. Discerning Promptings
9. Praying in the Spirit
10. Mission with the Wind
11. Experiencing the Power
12. The Shape of Suffering
13. Bearing Fruit
14. The Future of the Spirit
Discussion Questions
Recommended Reading
Scripture Index


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Jonathan K. Dodson

Jonathan K. Dodson (MDiv, ThM) is the founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, Texas, and founder of Gospel-Centered Discipleship. He is the author of several books, including The Unbelievable Gospel, Raised?, and Here in Spirit.