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In 1989, the first complete, restored text of revivalist Charles Finney’s memoirs was published by Zondervan. Until then, all editions had reflected editorial liberties introduced in the first 19th-century publication, edited after Finney’s death. The restored text—the culmination of over ten years of research by editors Garth Rosell and Richard Dupuis—brought to light Finney’s entire memoirs in their original language. Longstanding omissions and inaccuracies were corrected. Comprehensive annotations supplied detailed, phrase-by-phrase and even word-by-word explanations.

The 1989 edition was a scholar’s and historian’s delight. However, the average reader who simply wants to read what Finney wrote doesn’t need the scholarly minutiae. This new edition provides the complete, restored text of Finney’s memoirs with no unnecessary details to obstruct a straightforward read. In bold, untouched language, Finney’s thoughts march across the page with fascinating clarity and cohesiveness. For students of revival or anyone interested in the life of one of America’s foremost evangelists, here in his own words is Charles Finney: his life, his thoughts, his struggles and accomplishments, and his abiding love for God and enduring commitment to the gospel of Christ.

About the Author

Garth M. Rosell (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is professor of church history, chair of the Division of Christian Thought and director of the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Richard A. G. Dupuis (M.A., Cambridge University) wasa psychotherapist in Farnham, Surrey, England. His research over four decades made him an expert on Finney and the early history of Oberlin College.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Rev edition (October 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310243351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310243359
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Smith on June 3, 2005
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In 1989, Garth M. Rosell & Richard A.G. Dupuis released "The Memoirs of Charles G. Finney: The Complete Restored Text," a 700+ page hardback of Finney's Memoirs, filled with footnotes and stories that showed more about Finney and his contempories than the Memoirs ever had before. Not only that, the two editors had filled in the formerly deleted pieces of the tex from the Memoirs' original manuscript.

Now, "The Original Memoirs" has been released, keeping the completely restored text, but removing the footnotes to make for a fast, fascinating read.

Read Finney's accounts of the revivals in New York, Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, and England. See God at work before Finney ever arrived in a city. See how God moved as Finney preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Let these accounts of revival stir your spirit to pray for another general awakening in the United States, one that will transform the moral climate of the nation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brother Hamza Philip on March 14, 2013
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I originally read an edited modern language edition of Finney's Autobiography in the late 1980s. When I came to realize that what I had read was an edited edition of the Autobiography a few years later, I decided to look for the one published right after Finney's death. However, I found the restored Memoirs in hardback and read that edition in the early 1990s. It gave more details about the various revivals that occurred when Finney was holding meetings. As an example, I knew Finney preached in Rochester, New York. However, I never realized there were three distinct revivals there, and that the jails were empty for years afterward. After I finished the book, I loaned it to someone, but the book was never returned. So, since I wish to reread these Memoirs, I purchased this kindle edition. I don't that the footnotes are not included, but I do remember that they were worth reading. Either way, Finney's memoirs make for an edifying read. About 75% of those who made professions of faith in these revivals stayed in the church. Some say the number was as high as 90%, but I will stick with the more conservative number. For those who accuse Finney of Pelgianism, in the first sermon of his Revival Lectures, Finney states that Revival is impossible without the Holy Spirit. Many of his opponents even today will quote large portions of Finney's writings and conclude: There! Proof positive Finney was a Pelagian heretic! The problem is, they are quoting excerpts where Finney assumes the influence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian doing the work. Thus, such claims are false. Certainly, Charles G. Finney was not a 5 Point Calvinist. Finney was reacting to the subset of 5 Point Calvinists who never bothered to evangelize.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clark Kent on February 15, 2011
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This is one of the most amazing and convicting books I have ever read! If you want to see what true Christianity really is, even in our modern era, this is a must read. If you truly want to see what it is to fully follow Jesus in our modern times, read this book!!
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By alan on December 4, 2013
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A man who has no heart for compromise, no time to waste, and a pure and holy love for His Master that is almost unmatched. He has a mind of a scholar, a heart of a burning evangelist, and a perception so keen that when he speaks to his audience, there is no refuge to run to and hide behind. But perhaps the greatest quality about him is his absolute dependence on the Spirit of God in all that he speaks and does. His prayer and devotional life are the key to his power in preaching and teaching.

Do not listen to those who accuse him or call him a heretic. Read for yourself and you will know the truth about his theology. This is the best autobiography of his because it is the complete and original edition. This edition does not include the references but is just like the original. That is the only difference.

It simply cannot get any better than this! Please get this book and let your heart melt and be inspired to see and take part of the same things and even better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Johnson on June 30, 2009
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I read Finney's Autobiography in missionary school 30 odd years ago. I liked it but I am enjoying the Origional Memoirs even more. I think it is more complete as claimed (it was over 30 years ago). Certainly it is easier to read. I cannot help but be moved in my spirit on nearly every page. Not only inspirational, but fun. Perhaps I am finding more to like through personal experience on the mission field, or perhaps because I am reading it by my own choice and not as a school assignment. Either way, I love this book, and cannot recommend it enough. It details not just the fun things that happened during his revivals, but gives plenty of advice and good theology. His main keys were following the leading of the Holy Spirit, spontinaity, massive amounts of prayer and ignoring all of the experts on the subject (who don't seem to have had any converts).
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