Item description for The Release of the Spirit by Watchman Nee & Lloyd James...
Overview Originally a series of messages delivered at Customs Lane, Foochow, South China in 1948, these were translated and published by Sure Foundation Publishers in 1965. Brother Nee's writings are an amazing call to fellow Christians. This work is only small in size, but not stature as "the author strongly recommends to al the servants of Christ that they learn a most fundamental lesson in their Christian experience, namely, the breaking of the outward man for the release of the inward spirit."
Publishers Description Nee-To-Sheng of Foochow, China is known as Watchman Nee to hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world who have encountered his books. The Release of the Spirit is one of his most powerfully challenging works. Watchman Nee exhorts believers that through the breaking of the outward man there comes a release of the inward Spirit. By means of our brokenness the Spirit rejuvenates our faith and makes us fit for service. // Watchman Nee knew about suffering. In his native China he suffered as a Christian. And he witnessed the brokenness in thousands of Christians, created by unusually difficult circumstances. In the midst of such discomfort it remains a testimony to his insightfulness that he preached the spiritual value of suffering instead of dreaming for a better earthly life. The Release of the Spirit will challenge all who engage it today.
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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 219.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 6" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Hovel Audio
ISBN 1596441275 ISBN13 9781596441279
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More About Watchman Nee & Lloyd James
Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world. For more details concerning Watchman Nee, please see www.watchmannee.org
Watchman Nee was born in 1903 and died in 1972.
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what it means to be broken Aug 1, 2008
This book deals with an area of true Christianity that is not easy to deal with. For those who really seek to know the Lord this book talks about the need for him to break the outer man (our flesh) in order for the inner man (our Spirit) to come forth. This is a nicer way of discussing when we go through a period of our flesh being crusified. This book is not an easy read as it is one of those books that makes you take a look at yourself that will most likely make you shrink back in your chair. I would not recommend this book for anyone that has just been saved, this is pretty heavy stuff. After 7 years I am just now getting to where I can handle Watchman Nee's writings. While he is very good at giving what true Christianity needs, his work is very deep and at times seems a little harsh. Makes me wonder what works the Lord needed to do in him that he wrote these books.A good one for someone early in their walk is his title Sit, Walk, StandChanged Into His Likeness Sit, Walk, Stand
Read at least Once Jul 11, 2008
I read this book about 1971 when I was attending an evangelical Christian college. I purchased a copy about eight years ago to give to a Christian woman whom I thought would benefit from it. I was not too surprised that she returned it without reading it from cover to cover. Some of the concepts were probably just too hard for her to understand.
This book is probably not for just Christians. Others who go through trials and tribulations can equally engage the Spirit of the Divine through the crucible of human suffering, both their own and that of those around them. It is what makes us human.
Eye opening beginning... Jul 26, 2007
Nee classifies the spirit as the Inner Man, the soul as the Outer Man and the body as the Outermost Man. The spirit is God's dwelling place. Our human nature, good or bad is in our soul. The goal is to have the spirit govern the soul. The soul must be broken, won and mastered by the spirit.
Some Scripture he cites: Luke 21:19 In your patience ye shall win your souls.
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently:
1 Peter 1:9 receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Ephesians 3:16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man;
2 Corinthians 416 Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. (I always rightly or wrongly thought the outward man is the body, but he is referring to the human nature decaying as the spirit is strengthened.) All The American Standard Version which he uses.
Later on he takes some liberty in translating a couple verses in Hebrews.
The beginning was somewhat eye opening and I was looking forward to the book.
However the book is repetitive to an extreme. He constantly reiterates how the outward man must be broken for the spirit to be able to work in various ways.
He also believes there is a point where there is a sudden breaking and then the spirit is free as long as we abide by the Spirit. This is reminiscent of a "second anointing" and also reminds me of books like Absolute Surrender by Murray (I know that will offend a lot of people) and others. Although Nee says that it can be a sudden break followed by a gradual one or gradual followed by sudden, on pg 73 he says the problem can be solved. I would prefer to think of this as a life-long process with the spiritual battle going on constantly.
Although God uses everything for the good (Romans 8:28) I'm not sure I subscribe to the theory that God Himself directly sends every calamity our way as he says.
This is the first book by Nee that I have read. I learned some things but thought these concepts could be explained more succinctly. Despite this I'm looking forward to reading his three most popular works.
A book to re-read! Jul 5, 2007
An amazing book if you want to grow to spiritual maturity. Others have described the book better that I could ever do.
I read a lot of books. This book is different in one very amazing way. I first read it at age 17. And at age 46, I've read it about 20 times. Every time, I remember reading these things but they don't mean what I thought they meant the last time I read it. Very much like my life the challenges are similar but the lessons learned are new.
It's also the one book I keep giving away.
The Release of the Spirit Apr 6, 2007
Another great piece of work by Watchman Nee revealed and imparted by the Holy Spirit! Nee has a simple and yet effective way of touching the deep area of our soul with his writing. A must read for all that want a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.