My Book: Spirit-Powered Living

This project is finished!  It’s a devotional commentary on Romans 8 that I wrote for my church as we seek to memorize all of Romans 8 during 2010.  The commentary focuses on each verse as well as the verses in their context of the whole argument.

It aims at being both theological and pastoral, explaining and applying Paul’s teaching about life lived in the power of God the Holy Spirit.

You can download the book as a pdf or order a print copy through


  1. Gosh! I’m just finishing reading the Bible in a year, and wanted to slow down for the next little while and focus in on something – and Romans 8 is my ‘favourite’ chapter in the Bible….off to to have a look….

    (PS. seen part one of The End of Time yet?)

  2. Alan,
    I hope the book is an encouragement to you! Let me know what you think.

    Yes, my wife and I watched it last night. It seemed like a set-up for the New Year’s show more than an episode in its own right. Some things were a little wonky, but I’m excited about Dalton & co. coming back! I hope it’s not just to kill them off again. What did you think?


    1. I think I don’t trust Russell Davies! He occasionally gets it right, but so often veers either to overblown melodrama or pantomime. We must wait and see…

      1. But he used the time well to build atmosphere – as he’s not much good at SF that’s just as well! (IMHO!!!)

  3. Yes, it’s weird–I loved Waters of Mars, but absolutely hated Journey’s End. It just descended into madness with the Doctor-Donna, Doctor 10.5; the whole thing was ridiculous. In some ways, I can’t wait for the next series. RTD did bring him back, but he just doesn’t do big finale’s well. It’s too much wackiness with too little explanation that makes sense. As you say: IMHO ;-)

    1. That’s great John! I’m glad we’re not the only ones with a cynical mindset.

      And regards the book: we’ve had a bit of a Christmas to remember; can’t go into all of it on a public blog, but one half of it is that we have spent most of it in hospital as my youngest daughter suddenly developed a serious infection. My wife and I took 24 hour shifts on the ward, and sleeping was tricky with machines and distressed children etc.

      Anyway, I finally finished my reading of the Bible in a year (and at some unearthly hour, finished Counterfeit Gods) and so found myself on 31st December ready to move on. So yesterday and today have started focussing on Romans 8. Haven’t been able to read your introduction, as I only had time to quickly print off a few pages of the commentary to stick in my bag before the long journey to Hospital. But thank you. It’s been an exhausting year, and a very exhausting Christmas! So having this aid to slowing down – having overviewed the whole Bible very quickly in 2009 – on my favourite chapter is very timely.

      My daughter is now home as of yesterday afternoon, and we are very grateful.

      Hope your Christmas was different to ours!

  4. Hi Alan,
    Somehow your comment didn’t show in up email until just today. So sorry to hear about your daughter! I hope she is doing better, and that your year has slowed down a bit!


    1. Hello John,

      Yes she’s much better thank you.
      Just reached v28 in your book.

      By the way, there are some typos in it, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t note them down as I was ging – just one or two here and there.

  5. Glad to hear she’s doing better, Alan! Yeah, I knew there were some typos in it. I really only wrote it for our church as we are memorizing Romans 8 this year. That being said, I started too late with it! I finished it at 3:30am on Christmas Eve morning. Needless to say, I wasn’t going to ask the lady editing it for me to look over it that day, so I knew there would be some typos in it. But, I had to get it uploaded and ordered or else it wouldn’t ship in time to be handed out the first week. Anyway, I figure that’s what revised editions are for ;-)

  6. Wow, that was some schedule to be working to!

    Well, the few typos have not impaired its clarity, so no worries!

    I didn’t realise it was just for church use really; I thought maybe it was like your idea for Matthew Henry’s book. Anyway, thanks very much – it’s usefulness has reached England!

    PS. the trailer for the new Dr Who looks promising – the one that came out at Christmas/New Year.

  7. Thanks for the encouraging words. I certainly don’t mind other reading the book, but the Henry work–which I’ve actually almost finished (two chapters left)–will be more closely edited and more intentionally promoted. This one was kind of, ‘if you’d like to know what I’ve been on about it, here it is!’

    Yes, I liked the trailer. Did you notice the quick shots of the new TARDIS interior? It looked very silvery/shiny!

    1. I need to watch it and keep pressing pause – I noticed the statues were back; that he kisses girls; he shoots guns (is all that “I hate guns, I’m not all that keen on UNIT blah blah blah “stuff over now?). And ‘geronimo’ seems to be the new word!

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