"This masterful work traces the remarkable story of Pentecostal forms of Christianity in Africa. No one knows the turf better than Kalu. His sensitive and critical rendering of the complex fabric of African Christianity is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand contemporary World Christianity. Kalu moves deftly among peoples and cultures to sketch the contours of booming sub-Saharan Pentecostalisms, their indigenous roots, and their connections to the West. A stunning achievement." --Edith Blumhofer, Professor of History, Wheaton College
"Kalu's pathbreaking study challenges histories of Pentecostalism that bring Africa into the picture at a late stage." --Christian Century
"A masterpiece of historical and social analysis ...[T]his groundbreaking exploration of African Pentecostalism leaves few stones unturned, and...provides a comprehensive and scrupulous assessment of one of the most important religious movements of the 21st century." --Books & Culture
"This book by eminent African church historian Ogbu Kalu ... will fascinate all observers of world Christianity. ...Kalu displays an impressive grasp of a vast amount of literature and the subject itself. His engrossing style brings a critical yet sympathetic perspective that is uniquely African." --International Bulletin of Missionary Research
"Kalu deftly and seamlessly moves among history, theology, and social theory, and thus examines the subject from multiple angles within an integrated framework. ...While West Africa is Kalu's area of original research, he does a fine job in synthesizing recent studies from other regions of the continent. ...The maturity of Kalu's scholarship is evident in his grasp of an amazingly wide range of material and issues." --Church History
About the Author
Ogbu Kalu is Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity and Mission, McCormick Theological Seminary. He is from Ohafia, Nigeria.