Developing Your Prophetic Gifting by Graham Cooke is the best, most balanced guide to prophecy and the development of the gift in individuals and the local church I have read to date. It’s hard to single out any one aspect but I especially appreciated discussions around the prophet working with the pastor and teacher, the evangelist and apostle to build up the body and bring glory to Christ.
The book provides ample encouragement and guidance for individuals seeking to develop their gifting, and an extremely practical set of guidelines and suggestions for churches wishing to create an environment for God’s voice to be heard in this way. Conversely, much damage has been done by misuse or mishandling of prophecy; Cooke sounds a warning (in love) for those situations where ‘prophetic’ ministries are being exercised in an unaccountable and uncontrolled manner. We should not treat prophecies with contempt, but we should also test everything (1 Thess 5:20-21)
One very minor point is that it’s written with a US target audience in mind, and as a result some of the narrative was longer than necessary in an attempt to contextualise some of the anecdotes. That said, I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wishes to grow in this area – it’s without doubt one of the most significant books I have read this year.