Throughout the book I felt like a spiritual voyeur, overlooking beliefs, practices, and even church structures that I don’t claim as my own. While I don’t feel called of God to a Charismatic fellowship, I did find Lyons' descriptions of membership in one deeply enlightening. I also discovered that some of the terms Pentecostals use to describe the Christian life are also present in the lives of other born-again-Christians; it’s only the terminology and understanding of how certain processes take place that differ.
Holly Roller is sure to rattle the cages of those who believe that God no longer intervenes in the affairs of this world (a view far too commonly held in growing numbers of lifeless North American churches). My husband and I have often discussed the work that God is performing in India: healings, deliverance from demons, and drawing souls to Himself through these acts. We’ve often wondered why we don’t hear of such clear acts of God amongst His people here in North America, but Lyons has pointed out that He’s busy here as well – as I’ve long suspected. Her work will kindle a longing to be more deeply involved in God’s work and to delve deeply into all that He does amongst His people. Truly, the Holy Ghost is alive and well – transforming lives, delivering from sin, breaking the chains of bondage – as Lyons and her spiritual-kinfolk are well aware. Invite Him in.