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Books by John and Paula Sandford

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The Sandfords are prayer ministry pioneers. John is also a leading figure in the restoration of the prophetic office to today's church. Their books on inner healing and prophetic ministry are essential reading for pastors, teachers, prophets, healers, counselors, intercessors - in fact, for anyone involved in ministry. Books by their sons Loren and Mark are also very helpful for particular aspects of ministry and worship.

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The first book the Sandfords wrote has become a classic of prophetic ministry: The Elijah Task. One reviewer, Melvyn Lee from Malaysia said this: "Pain, trial and persecution are normal process encountered while growing in the prophetic. Times twice of that defines the preparation process one needs to go through when one grows in the office of a prophet.

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"John Sanford is definitely a seasoned prophet. However he has not graduated from the School of the Holy Spirit. It takes patience to learn all of God's ways. In "The Elijah Task", John described how he and his wife had to go through some of the most severe testing while being trained to be a prophet. When you recognized your calling as a prophet, cutting corners is never the chosen path. From John's experience, prophets are at the peak of their training during the trough of their lives. In other words, the making of a prophet's ministry usually take place in the darkest moment of his life. The end result God desires is humility and brokenness. Only then He can use His prophets to complete His divine task. "

"In Elijah Among Us: Understanding and Responding to God's Prophets Today John Sandford updates what he began in The Elijah Task. Read the publisher's assessment of this book:

"Twenty-five years after the release of his ground-breaking book The Elijah Task, co-authored with his wife, Paula, a sequel comes from the powerful pen of John Sandford. In Elijah Among Us: Understanding and Responding to God's Prophets Today, he outlines a biblically rooted discussion of prophetic history and functioning, both how to instruct prophets and commission their office and how to inform the church about prophetic ministry. Sandford wrote this follow-up book because he sees a strong and even dangerous overemphasis in the church on the "giving of personal words," which is only one role of the prophetic office. The first section of this book develops a history of the prophetic office, how the office metamorphosed from one of warning into proclaiming God's gentle and merciful side, and becoming burden-bearers. Second, Sandford sets forth the working functions of prophets, explaining how they serve in twelve major roles, including bringing blessings, healing, warning of impending judgment, giving protection from tragedies, and offering direction, guidance, or confirmation. Readers will gain crucial knowledge of a widely misunderstood topic, helping them be discerning in these strategic end times. Authoritative and compelling, Elijah Among Us is a timely and vital work for the Body of Christ."

The Transformation of the Inner Man is one of the most important prayer ministry books you could ever read. A reader from Ihio said: "John and Paula Sandford are to be applauded for their dedication to God and His principals. They have shown great wisdom in their approach to the many issues we face in the busy days of modern living. Having put many of their suggestions to the test, I can state that John and Paula are not only Biblically sound; they are practical as well. Their teaching is setting people free throughout the world."

I agree. This and their following book Healing the Wounded Spirit are the core of any prayer ministry library. Healing the Wounded Spirit is for everyone who suffers from hurts--past or present. God can help you to discern a wounded spirit in yourself and others, and, best of all, He will show you how to receive His healing power in your life.

The material from these classic books is being updated in a new series called The Transformation Series. The many of the books in this new series have now been published. The first is Transforming the Inner Man: God's Powerful Principles for Inner Healing and Lasting Life Change (Transformation). The second is God's Power to Change: Healing the Wounded Spirit (Transformation), then Letting Go Of Your Past (The Transformation Series), Growing Pains (Transformation).

Also republished are Deliverance and Inner Healing written with son Mark, and the two books written with Lee Bowman: Awakening the Slumbering Spirit and Choosing Forgiveness: Turning from Guilt, Bitterness and Resentment Towards a Life of Wholeness and Peace. These are useful outlines of important ministry areas.

Still coming in 2009 are Restoring the Christian Family: A Biblical Guide to Love, Marriage, and Parenting In A Changing World. I highly recommend them to anyone in the healing or counselling ministry.

Given John Sandford's lifetime ministry as a well tested prophet, I found their semi-autobiographical book Prophets, Healers and the Emerging Church fascinating, and a source of many insights for the future of prophetic ministry and the church.

Paula Sandford has also written a number of valuable books in her own right, including: Healing for a Woman's Emotions and Healing for a Woman's Emotions.

Loren Sandford, John and Paula's eldest son and a pastor, wrote Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-Fulfillment, an important book about how to minister with and care for prophetic people. He has just followed it up with Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift. I believe everyone involved in prophetic ministry needs to read both of these books.

Other essentials for your library are: A Comprehensive Guide to Deliverance and Inner Healing by John and Mark Sandford, and The Renewal of the Mind by John and Loren Sandford. Visit our pages on Loren Sandford and Mark Sandford for their other books.

If you haven't yet read any of these books then you still have a lot to learn about prayer ministry, and who better to learn from, after the Holy Spirit of course, than from these writers who have learned from Him for so many years?

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