I thought some of you who have not read my new book,Downloads from Heaven, might like to read the recommendations along with my dedication page and the foreward – if you are interested you can order the book from me by writing to me at my email address of firstname.lastname@example.org. I have started to write my next book this week and have the introduction and two chapters completed. I will share the title soon, but it is written very much like my first one where so many people commented to me that while reading my book they said it was like I was sitting right there next to them sharing the stories. I am grateful for the opportunities I have to write, publish, teach, share and minister whether at churches, business, schools, healing services, seminars, conferences, universities, camps, youth groups, or in other settings and venues – it is a blessing and an honor for me to have these occasions to advance the Kingdom of God.
Encouragement, Biblical teaching, true-life stories, and mind-set challenges are all involved in Jay West’s book, Downloads from Heaven. I love Jay’s conversational style of writing that should draw in every reader. It can be a strange concept to some to think that we, mere humans, could actually hear from God and receive His direction, instructions, and knowledge. Yet, Jay makes a clear case that the Bible does teach exactly that truth and that each follower of Christ can experience a word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit as a regular part of life.
In Downloads from Heaven, Jay lays the Biblical foundation for his premise, and then follows up with story after story of personal encounters that illustrate the Biblical truth. People love stories! And Jay West’s personal stories are fun and funny – a great way for everyone to see the simplicity of the gifts of the Spirit. I love how Jay takes the “spookiness” out of walking in the Spirit that some Christians have been taught. This book clearly demonstrates the beautiful New Testament reality that every believer is a candidate to hear from and act upon a word straight from their Father’s heart to theirs. I believe Downloads from Heaven will be the launching pad for a new infusion of faith for believers to experience, and then release to others, a tangible, loving message from the Heavenly Father that brings life and changes lives for the glory of Christ!
Pastor Kristen Gray
Missionary to Cuba & Latin America
Great Door Ministries
Does God still speak to His people? Do you want to know how, when and where? Then Downloads from Heaven is a book you want to read. Jay West documents Scripture in a masterful way and exposes strategies and tactics meant to keep us from understanding how God communicates with His people today. The systematic methodologies explained by Jay will make an indelible impression and lead people to a greater understanding of how the Lord still communicates to and through us. Jay’s style of writing and personal testimonies are down-to-earth, funny and real without being weird or scary. This book is for every believer and a must-read for those who want to learn to know God’s voice.
James K. Hart
Lead Pastor, Eagle’s Nest Worship Center, Omaha, NE
Downloads from Heaven is exciting and captivating yet simple and fun to read. It is easy to read yet it presents a foundational truth. This may sound like heresy, but I believe most Christians put too much emphasis on the written Word or Logos Word (the Bible) and far too little emphasis on the Rhema Word or Living Word (the Holy Spirit). This book shows how receiving downloads from heaven (Living Word) can cease from being occasional events and can become a process or a way of living with the Living Word. It is as simple as saying, “Yes Lord” to every slight nudge of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus spent 3 years mentoring the disciples 24/7 and answering their questions, but He told His disciples it was good that He was leaving them because He would send them something better, which was not a book. He was going to send the Holy Spirit to His followers which meant they could get continuous Downloads from Heaven.
When I met Jay 30 some years ago, he was already practicing getting downloads from heaven. So this is not just a theory but a way of life for Jay. He is showing you how it can be a way of life for you. I am in complete agreement with Jay that downloads from heaven needs to be a way of life for us. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach us all things. I personally have been practicing this as a way of life for more than 81 years.
Jay begins the book with a dilemma. He hears an internal voice say, “Get off this plane! It is going to crash!” What should he do? Get off the plane and let the others die? Ignore the voice? What would you do? You need to read quite a ways to discover what Jay did.
Dr. Neil Kanning, Pastor
Previous scientist who designed the shape of the Space Shuttle
Downloads from Heaven is an inspiring and often entertaining account of what the Lord is doing through the ministry of Jay West.
Gary Peterson, MA, Assistant Professor and Chairman,
Humanities Dept. Grace University, Omaha, NE.
I thought I would take a different course with my dedication page by selecting someone that I have never met, but someone whom I have read about, and probably so have you.
This fellow made a lot of mistakes, but he ended up being a great preacher, evangelist, and yes, even an apostle. In his early days he seemed to be bungling lots of kingdom ministry, but he later proved to be a valuable asset to God and to the cause of Christ. I think we can all see a little bit of ourselves in this man’s early years as a follower of Jesus.
And believe it or not, this guy was actually called blessed by Jesus.
Now, it is one thing for you and I to be called blessed by someone that we know or have met, but it is quite another thing to be called blessed by Jesus. That was awesome, cool, and sweet all together.
So, I dedicate this book to the Apostle Peter, who received one of the first New Testament Words of Knowledge; or in modern day vernacular, “a download from heaven,” as outlined in Matthew 16:13-19.
I proclaim to Peter, thanks for having listening ears and a teachable heart. Thanks for your tenacity and willingness to grow in your faith and learn from the Master. Thanks for being faithful and for setting the bar up high for the rest of us to follow. Dude, you done good.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t want to be the toy that we occasionally play with and then put back on the shelf. His passion is to transform all of us into Christ-centered, Spirit driven, kingdom minded, and constantly available servants. By God’s grace, this is exactly what Jay is. Standing six feet six inches in height, Jay is tall in stature. Yet his heart for discipleship, Christian education, healing, compassionate care and mobilizing people for mission is even bigger.
You are going to love this book. But if you knew Jay personally, you would love him even more. Whether hanging out, watching football, building fences, trimming trees, playing pool, socializing as families, or ministering together, Jay’s friendship and loyalty have always been vital to me.
His practical and pointed teaching, bold witness, joyous heart, sacrificial lifestyle and incredible testimony of a life healed and radically used by Jesus Christ will inspire you.
No matter what circumstances you face or what conditions you are currently enduring, the Holy Spirit longs to be downloaded into your life. When He is, look at what Christians become…
- Fishers of men, faithful, pure in heart, peacemakers;
- Sons of God, salt of the earth, lights of the world,
- Righteous, merciful, patient, pleasing to God;
- Holy, harvesters, healers, hopeful;
- Servants, cross bearers, witnesses, saints;
- Freed from sin, unafraid, unashamed, more than conquerors;
- Children of God, joyful, accepting, all things to all people;
- Living sacrifices, blameless, God’s temple, the body of Christ;
- Citizens of heaven, trusting, protecting, immovable;
- Comforters, new creations, compassionate, crucified with Christ;
- Thankful, bold, generous, ambassadors of Christ;
- God’s workmanship, forgiving, understanding, kind;
- Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger, victorious;
- Doers of the Word, rooted in love, impartial, and belonging to God forever.
As you read this book, rejoice in who you are in Christ and what He has already done for you. Then ask the Holy Spirit to continuously download His wisdom, grace and gifts to expand the kingdom of God in and through your life.
To God alone be the glory!
Senior Pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in La Vista, Nebraska