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Revival and Revivalism: Hardcover – July 1, 1994


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth; First Edition edition (July 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851516602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851516608
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To God All Glory!
G. Walt Murray
A must read for all in leadership and highly recommended for everyone in the pews.
Carl E. Paul, Jr.
This is the definitive book on early historical revivalist methodology.
King Randy

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in decisional theology--from either side of the issue. If you've wondered about the "strategy" of Campus Crusade, about Billy Graham's percentage of truly born-again converts, about how Calvinistic theology deals with evangelism, about whether you're born again if you "decide" for Christ and walk down an aisle one day (and go on living just as before), about fruitless Christians, about preachers who don't preach, about manufactured revivals (e.g., the "Toronto blessing"), you need to read this book. It's steeped in history, great quotes, and inspiring historical analyis. It left me with a deep sense of sadness at what a superficial, misguided job most evangelical churches and preachers do in raising up the standard of Christ. It deals with fundamental errors of our times--cheap grace, superficial Christianity and the failure to preach the law and the gospel. I've been a Christian 25 years or so. I read all the time. This is one of the 3 most important books I've read; it changed my outlook on fundamental things.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Myron D. Stoltzfus Sr. on February 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, having major implication both in my personal life and in the church at large. He chronicles the rise of "revivalism" and its attendant effects on the church both then and now. Read it to understand the failure of the modern day church to truly experience revival, having substituted it for a sham emotional, pie-in-the-sky experience that can be produced at will. You will also understand some of the deleterious effects that Charles Finney's ministry had, along with the effects that it continues to have. This book was an eye-opener to me, and I highly recommend it for your consideration.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth B. Pagano on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Iain Murray once again has done a marvelous work by his juxtaposition of genuine revival and man made attempts at revivalism. He carefully traces the history of such human inventions and carefully treads along a rather slippery slope. Murray is unafraid to go counter to much public opinion.I consider myself a reformed pentecostal and I am aware that my position is quite tenuous. However I concur with Murray's finding and advocate his position. Truth may cause sentimental ideas to crumble but it will not destroy a genuine work of God. This well written tome should be read by all who are interested in revival. Even if one does not believe in revival for today, this book is a wonderful piece relating to church history.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on May 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Iain Murray is one of my favorite authors. His writings are engaging and enlightening. I have not found a work of his yet that was not well researched and documented. This work is no different.

In this work Dr. Murray takes a look at modern revival movements and modern evangelism through an historical analysis of where the revival movement begin in the United States in the early 1800's. Dr. Murray leaves no stone unturned in his examine. He marks his tracks well as he dives into the lives of men who did not know that their methods of "revival" would alter American Christianity for the worst. Today, we who stand for the truth of Scripture are still having to deal with their incorrect revival methods.

For those interested in studying revivals and why modern American evangelism is not working without a the truth of Scripture, this is a classic work to study.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Walt Murray on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book addresses the good and bad of the awakenings and revivals that have shaped the Christian culture, as well as the culture of the US in general. Murray does a great job of laying out the history of the revivals (both genuine and false) and shows us principles to avoid false revivals in the future.

One of the most startling observations is found in the discussions of the results of false revivals on the New England colonies (he calls them "the Burned Over region." The sad part is that as you read you see that the modern church is making some of the same mistakes.

This is an important book, and I believe every church leader needs to read it.

To God All Glory!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Anderson on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Murray writes in his conclusion, "In the end, while evangelicalism was seeking to guard faith in Scripture, it was her readiness to be impressed by pragmatic arguments, and by alleged success, by quantity rather than quality, that did so much to deprive her of true, authority and strength" (p 383). Murray, in his book Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism, reviews the history of evangelical Christianity between 1750 and 1858. This book is a must read for contemporary Christian leaders. Books on self-help, life coaching/coaches, ten-steps to church growth, and leadership styles are pushed upon pastors to read by those in church leadership, as well as promoted by our consumeric Christian marketers. But now of these books will help the minister to think theologically about their place in history. Nor, will such populist books that promote our well-being expose the flaws and fallibility of current market-driven church growth and church life. Murray helps us to think logically and reasonably about how we have come to the place in the Christian ministry where pragmatism and utilitarian thinking is the foundation for church life and ministry. He does not cover the period between 1859 and 2007, but Revival & Revivalism will portray the foundation for much of contemporary evangelicalism. Murray writes, "Our understanding of God's ways in history is far too fallible to make providence the test of what is truth." As Church life here in America is becoming more and more a shadow of American life, promoted through American entrepreneurialism and capitalisms, and gained through marketing and business praxis, it would be good for the American evangelical pastor to understand his or her roots in the history of evangelicalism.Read more ›
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