Here are some early reviews …

paul R

This is an excellent book for anyone who is hungry to get past simply going to church and into the tremendous adventure of Holy Spirit led ministry.  God has created in us a hunger to see Him invade the impossible and work through us in ways that are beyond our own human efforts.  This book will help you explore the wonderful world of what He has made available to all that believe!

Paul Rapley,
International Healing Evangelist


Reading Reluctantly Supernatural in an Age of Reason is a wonderful reminder that signs and wonders, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are very much alive in the global church. Mark Cowper-Smith and Bob Maddux have written a riveting book that promises the reader an inside look at the supernatural activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who are Christ followers. In a day of cynics and mockers this book reminds us that the One who dwells within us is greater – greater –greater than the one who is in the world.

Dr. Wayne Goodall,
Dean, College of Ministry, Northwest University


The Church around the world and especially in the United States stands at one of the most crucial crossroads in history. We must decide if we will be relevant and have transformational impact or return to the ineffectiveness of the middle ages. Today, people seek real power. They yearn for the true presence of God and are no longer fooled by cheap imitations. God’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit are the only things that truly separate us from all the other solutions that end in disappointment. Still, why is the Church opting for an alternate power source to fill the void where the Holy Spirit was once welcomed to flow freely? The book you hold in your hands will answer that question and many more. It wasn’t birthed in a marketing campaign or strategy session. It came about as a result of the Holy Spirit placing a heavy burden on the hearts of Mark Cowper-Smith & Bob Maddux to provide you with biblical keys to turn the tide and experience true revival. Read this book cover to cover and encourage those God has placed in your life who share your burden to do the same.

Jason Frenn, Author, Missionary and Evangelist


One is never enough. Two may be O.K. but three is even better and also more like God who shows Himself as our Uncreated Triune Creator. “This is the third time I am coming to you” (said a man who knew what he was talking about:) “EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF two or three witnesses.” (2Cor. 13:1) In a world deeply hungry for the supernatural, if you want to find a clear path through the spiritual fog that so often clouds a simple quest for the joy and pleasure of trusting God, you need to hear wise words from the mouth of two or three witnesses. Here it is. Two who have long learned from the Lord passed on to you what can help you be more like the Big Three.  I loved what I learned from this book. 

Winkie Pratney, Author, Teacher, and Conference Speaker

Paul, the Apostle, thought he had God all figured out – he had been trained by the best, had all the answers – but his God was in a very small box…until one encounter, one experience on the road to Damascus with the living God blew his box to pieces! God is not an intellectual concept that we learn about from a book, rather He is a loving Father who wants us to experience Him! Bob and Mark do a great job of sharing their personal journey in the supernatural, how they came to not only learn about God, but more importantly, experience Him…and how we can experience Him as well! If you want a nice neat, orderly, predictable God, this book is not for you! But if you are okay with messiness and unpredictability, this book is for you!

Pastor Steve Myatt Megachurch Pastor

Cowper-Smith and Maddux are concerned that the Western Church isn’t more Trinitarian. That is to say, where is the activity of the Holy Spirit? Over the past thirty years I have worked in Asia, Africa and South America where healing, deliverance and prophesy by the power of the Spirit is as common as worship bands are in western churches. The authors think they know why the supernatural activity of the Spirit is much less experienced here. In brief, the west has a non- supernatural tradition dating back to the Enlightenment while other cultures were not influenced as much, therefore, more open to the unseen real. They also offer ways for westerners to participate more in that unseen real.

Dr Ken Blue,
Author of “Authority to Heal” and “Healing Spiritual Abuse”

Things that I can’t explain

9.jpgI joined Bob to write “Reluctantly Supernatural” because I have always had some discomfort in the presence of spiritual activity I could not rationally explain or control.

I confess, before I became a Christian, I was an intellectual. I was also a lawyer which, in the eyes of my spiritual betters, pretty much ruled out any chance of my salvation. After my conversion I continued with my intellectual understanding of my faith, until it failed me. What do I mean by “failed me”?

It is very hard to read the bible with an open mind and not reach the conclusion that our faith is supposed to be a supernatural experience. Having reached that conclusion, I became dissatisfied with my [mostly powerless] prayers.

To be honest, prayer was a burden for me, particularly prayer for healing and those prayers that actually asked God to do something I could not do for myself. You know – something supernatural. Fortunately for me, I had a mentor and fellow intellectual who introduced me to the wonderfully unpredictable world of the Holy Spirit.

I actually began to hear God’s “voice”. No, I am not talking about the audible voice of God. I am talking about those thoughts that enter our minds from time to time that sound wiser and better than our own thoughts. These are the kind of thoughts that make us pause and think, “Maybe that was God.”

Taking the risk of obeying what I understood to be God’s spontaneous guidance, I began to experience the supernatural dimensions of the Christian faith. The change was like going from an old 19 inch black and white TV into the experience of an 80 inch, flat screen, high definition, 4K, surround sound, home theatre!

The world changed completely and so did my faith. Since that day I have lived to help others to enter into the wonderful supernatural world of God. If you have ever found yourself thinking “there must be more to my Christian faith”, then Reluctantly Supernatural is for you. One more thing; you can live a supernatural lifestyle without being weird – I promise! I have seen it done!

Come and join us for a spiritual adventure!

New Book – Reluctantly Supernatural – coming soon

Science has failed to answer our deepest questions concerning the purpose and significance of human life. As a result, our culture is turning to the supernatural realm for the answers.

The Bible is literally filled with the supernatural power of God intervening into human affairs. Not only does God act supernaturally into the lives of His people but he does so through the lives of his people.

Given this fact, the question becomes

  • “Where did all the power go?
  • Why are our churches so devoid of supernatural spiritual power?”
  • Do we have supernatural answers to our culture’s fascination with the supernatural?

Contact us to pre-order book today.

What is so important about the gift of prophecy?

RS quote wilkerson banneThe Apostle Paul tells us to eagerly desire the gift of prophecy above all other spiritual gifts. Could it be that discerning the momentary communication of God could be the beginning of living a spirit-led supernatural Christian life?

We think so and so we are treating the gift of prophecy as the entry level spiritual gift leading to a supernatural life style. Continue reading

Mark shares his “why” in writing …

mark at wedding 2016I was born into powerless Christianity. I was told not to expect the kind of supernatural events written about throughout the Bible. Naturally, under this teaching, my longing for a supernatural dimension to my faith waned somewhat, but it never really ceased. Just the idea of such a life birthed a question in me; why would a supernatural God not want the people He indwells to be supernatural as well? If fact, how could we not be supernatural given the fact that His Holy Spirit is living within us? Continue reading