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Overview Discover how one man's devotion to God impacted an entire generation of charismatic belivers. Based on Mansfield's interviews with the internationally recognized preacher, this unvarnished memoir captures the legacy of a worldwide ministry focused on biblical instruction, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, fasting, prayer, the breaking of generational curses and deliverance.
Community Description Not just another famous preacher's story!
Derek Prince was more than just one of the best-known Bible teachers of the twentieth centry. He became one of the fathers of the largest Christian movement of all time.In more than six decades of ministry, Prince touched millions who had heard a tape, read a book, or saw him in person at any of a thousand meetings around the world.
Derek Prince - a Biography is as gritty a book as you will ever read about a religious figure. You will be inspired to practice the lessons God had pressed into Prince's life: the discipline of fasting, the power of Scripture, the necessity of thanksgiving, the impact of prayer, and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
"People who know Derek's story will be delightfully surprised, and people who don't know Derek are going to find an inspiring, honest story about hunger for God." says Mansfield, who was with Prince days before he died in September 2003.
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Studio: Charisma House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.18" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1591857945 ISBN13 9781591857945
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More About Stephen Mansfield
Stephen Mansfield is the author of numerous books on history and leadership, including The Faith of George W. Bush, a New York Times bestseller.
Stephen Mansfield currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Stephen Mansfield was born in 1958.
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The Shepherd Movement Nov 19, 2008
Derek Prince had a major hand in a teaching that is known as the Shepherding movement in the 70's and 80's. This movement led thousands of Christians astray from following Jesus to following and submitting totally to so called shepherds and leaders without being able to question their authority. These types of false doctrines are always springing up within the Church to lead folks away from the teaching of the Cross. If it doesn't totally center on the work of Jesus Christ and the Cross he endured for us, stay away from it. Just a little friendly advice from someone who was personally involved in this movement for a short time in the early 70's.
A Wonderful Story Jul 23, 2007
Clear, uplifting and inspiring. The story of Derek's life in the context of history was particularly interesting to read. Manfield mined and captured a story locked away for years.
Misplaced hagiography Jun 30, 2007
I found this book an interesting read but it raises more questions than it answers. Derek Prince had a brilliant intellect and could have had a glittering academic career. But he had a weakness common to many intellectuals in that he lacked common sense and discernment, and he had an unbalanced personality. This can probably be traced to his early upbringing where he was starved of parental love and affection, and developed "a spirit of loneliness".
He had a cold and aloof demeanour, and this caused problems in his marriage relationships and with other Christians. There is a revealing passage where his second wife Ruth burst into tears in a public confrontation saying to Derek "You never tell me you love me and you always criticise everything I do".
Doctrinally he had a penchant for extreme positions on e.g. demonisation and submission teachings, that were not only unscriptural but nonsensical. The author skates very lightly over Prince's involvement in the disastrous shepherding controversy of the seventies and eighties. He mistakenly gives the impression that Prince was on the fringe of these activities, whereas more scholarly works such as David Moore's The Shepherding Movement make it clear that Prince was a driving doctrinal force in the propagation of such nonsense, and had been so from the beginning. That he later renounced such teachings and repented of his error only serves to confirm how easily he had been deceived-yet here was a man who set himself up as a teacher of others, and who in turn deceived thousands.
The author has only a sketchy knowledge of modern church history- he gives the wrong date for the revivals in Wales and Azusa Street, and wrongly names the Church of the Nazarene as "Pentecostal" whereas in fact it has always been a vehement opposer of Pentecostalism in all its forms.
This popular account of Derek Prince veers to a misplaced hagiography, and we still await a definitive and more objective study of Prince's fruitful life and ministry.
Derek Prince Mar 9, 2007
I have followed Derek Prince's ministry for years and Mansfield's candid approach made me smile with fond memories, as well as give me new appreciation of the genius of this man. I feel honored to have been given the privelege of sitting under this man's teachings.
Lively introduction, but could have been developed further Mar 9, 2006
Derek Prince was a fascinating character - an Eton and Cambridge high-fligher and student of Wittgenstein who decided to join a movement often regarded as anti-intellectual and as the province of "the disinherited": Pentecostalism, where he gained a huge reputation as a Bible teacher, exorcist and healer. Stephen Mansfield's popular biography provides a lively account of Prince's life, and the various milieux in which he passed through.
However, while Mansfield has crafted a useful introduction, this is not a comprehensive account of Prince's life. There is no attempt to explore Prince's writings and teachings in any depth, nor is there any real critical assessment. Mansfield avoids hagiography, telling us about Prince's involvement in the disastrous "shepherding movement", but he does not dwell too long on what the consequences of the movement were. We read a lot about Prince's support for Israel - but nothing about what his views concerning Palestinians may have been. Accounts of miracles abound - a goitre drops off, two people are raised from the dead etc. - but these claims are not examined systematically (the book also tells us that one of Prince's particular specialities was to diagnose one leg being shorter than the other, and then to "cure" the problem - an old Pentecostal standby). One crucial bit of information Mansfield gives us is that Prince dabbled in "voodoo" before his conversion; but there is no thought as to whether such an interest in the paranormal may have informed his later Pentecostal worldview - Prince moved in a demon-haunted universe in which curses are real, and in which people are under spiritual attack from "spirits of nicotine" and "spirits of flirting".
A few other bits of information in the book are underdeveloped. For some reason, Mansfield tells us the full name of Prince's roommate in Scarborough, even though he features only very briefly, while the woman who brought Prince to Pentecostal faith is a semi-anonymous "Mrs Shaw". A pastor who gets Prince an important position is identified merely as "a man named Henderson". But perhaps such complaints are misplaced - after all, the book is published by Charisma House, not a university press.