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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chosen Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800795121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800795122
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A historian of Pentecostalism and a highly regarded denominational leader, Synan has written a summary of the seminal moments in the North American Pentecostal movement. Less a memoir and more of a guide to newcomers, the book presents the rise of practices such as speaking in tongues and healings in the first decade of the 20th century and their spread to Protestant and Roman Catholic churches in the 1960s. The book breathlessly portrays events with tired adjectives such as amazing and awesome and incredible. But its simplicity of presentation is a useful shorthand for conveying big events such as the racial breakthroughs of the 1990s and the phenomenal spread of exuberant worship styles to churches outside the movement. A retired dean of Pat Robertson's Regent University divinity school, Synan argues in favor of the prosperity gospel, though he acknowledges excesses on the part of some of its vocal proponents. He is more critical in his views of the new apostolic movement, in which pastors of large churches declare themselves apostles, as holding the potential for abuse. (Apr.)
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"A deeply moving account."
-- Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

Premier Pentecostal historian Vinson Synan, widely respected across denominational lines for his scholarship and balance, holds a unique position: personal involvement in many of the extraordinary events of the last hundred years that gave birth to the charismatic and Pentecostal movements.

Now, for the first time, he candidly shares exciting behind-the-scenes stories and personal assessments of these phenomenal experiences, including:

• when the Holy Spirit fell at Azusa Street,
• the surprising birth of the charismatic renewal,
• the Latter Rain movement,
• the emergence of charismatic Catholicism,
• the Toronto Blessing,
• and more!

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime book, this eyewitness memoir will rivet and refresh all who walk in the fullness of God's Spirit.


"This is a must-read history."--Francis MacNutt, Ph.D., co-founder, Christian Healing Ministries

"A delightful and perceptive journey through a century of controversy and incredible growth...a fascinating story."--David Edwin Harrell Jr., Daniel Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, emeritus, Auburn University

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rev. DaisyMay Rader on June 1, 2013
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I have just finished reading this book, and I highly recommend it for not only reading, but, going in the past where God showed His power mightily when the author was around. Its not everyday that you read about someone who is at this stage writing about an experience that was right in front of him. Pleasant and powerful reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Rafferty on February 23, 2013
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The author has a first-hand account of actually being in several meetings where revivals were being held, which in itself is remarkable, since very few people are still alive today that can write from a first-hand account. What makes this book stand out is not only that, but its spiritual and historical significance, since most of what Mr. Synan speaks of happened in the early 20th century; things that we no longer see or hear about (unfortunately).

It is quite obvious to the reader that this author has seen and experienced things in church settings that most people only read about and probably will never experience for themselves. He does explain each "movement" of the Pentecostal church, such as the beginning (Azuza Street) to the Toronto, Brownsville and Lakeland Revivals to the "New Apostolic Churches", giving a brief history on each of them--and his opinion as to whether or not they help or hinder the Pentecostal movement. He is concerned about certain things taking place, because he feels that they overshadow God's authority and place the authority in man's hand again, thereby giving man the ultimate authority and thus opening the door to potential abuse--and the false teachings deception and assorted "movements" that he was so cautious to stay away from. Did he succeed? I won't give away the details, but I will say that since he was born in 1934 as he states, he certainly has the spiritual knowledge to "try the spirits" and come to a conclusion for his own life; it may not be the same conclusion for you or me, but it is the conclusion for him.

His style of writing leaves somewhat to be desired; that is to say it is a little on the "dry" side. If you can get beyond that, this is an excellent book and I do recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on October 4, 2011
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This book caught my attention because of the experiences of Mr. Synan and his immense research over the years into the Pentecostal movement, etc. He is a thoroughly well-rounded person in his writing and this book is easy to read. I appreciate his history as well as his openness to follow God wherever He has led him.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Palatini on February 21, 2011
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I knew Vinson Synan was an amazing, godly man, but I didn't know how instrumental he was in the movement of the Holy Spirit in not only the United States but the world. I learned so much from his book that not only increased my knowledge, but touched my spirit. Thank you Dr. Synan for writing this book!
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From a Catholic Charismatic perspective it gives an insider's view of how a Pentecos tal was seeing the unfolding of the Renewal over the last half a century. priceless!
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