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Maria Woodworth-Etter: For Such A Time As This (A Spirit-Filled Classic): Her Healing And Evangelizing Ministry Paperback – December 22, 2004
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Sister Maria Woodworth-Etter's strategic influence upon the Pentecostal movement, nearly forgotten, should now be awakened and acknowledged by Christians and especially Pentecostals, for Woodworth-Etter was a latter-day female John the Baptist, calling people to be filled with the Spirit, confronting the sin of gender discrimination, racial discrimination, evil and the sicknesses which curse humanity through courageous and bold preaching under great opposition from mainstream religious leaders and secular unbelieving authorities.
I knew about Woodworth-Etter from a few articles I previously read, but had never worked through an entire book. Since I have heard Wayne Warner speak before, I wanted to see what he had to say. This book is compelling. After reading it, I am somewhat embarrassed at my own shallow form of Pentecostalism. I think most Pentecostals in the USA would be likewise embarrassed in view of the life and witness of this unbelievable woman. Warner shows linkages to many important Pentecostal-charismatic leaders. His treatment of the Arroyo Seco meeting and Woodworth-Etter's impact was fascinating. Encounters with this preacher molded and directed the lives of key figures in my denomination, Argue, Pinson and so many others. Simply amazing…. Without this preacher, I believe that the Assemblies of God would be another movement today. Warner's suggestion that Woodworth-Etter may be more important to Pentecostalism than Azusa Street, indeed, seems to have a valid and controversial argument. Of particular interest to me was the chapter "Facing down Hell Raisers and the Law." The description of those she reached, "the poor, the uneducated, and socially deprived" simply reminds me of who early Pentecostals reached. She set the stage for Azusa and the many other Pentecostal movements which impacted the first decade of the 20th century. I have especially loved Warner's use of footnotes. His book revises his earlier 1986 Scarecrow Press text, ("The Woman Evangelist, The Life and Times of Charismatic Evangelist Maria B. Woodworth-Etter"), part of their Studies in Evangelicalism series, but with the benefit of 20 years labor of love, on and off research, resulting in an excellent text. Great Read and worth a space on my shelf.
The woman many believe to be the vessel used by God to bring the modern movement of the Holy spirit into our world.
Her ministry reflects the trials and tribulations that are the making of an anointed vessel of God. Her ministry came at a time when women were just not acceptable in Church.
It reads well and is a compelling story of an exstraordinary woman of God and an amazing ministry.I have sent copies to friends all over the world to encourage them in their faith. [...]
Though one reviewer complained about not "feeling her (Etter's) heart," this is book is designed to accurately encompass the full picture of Etter's life, ministry and impact.
This book is based upon his earlier scholarly work, "The Woman Evangelist" (Scarecrow Press) offering a more expanded view based on further research and with a more popularized style.