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Revival Paperback – February 1, 1987
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About the Author
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
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Using the Welsh Revival of 1859 as an example, as well as some very profound typology from Exodus and Isaiah, Dr. Lloyd-Jones delineats the general principals of what a revival is (as well as what it isn't), hinderences to revival, and, above all the Soverignty of God in sending a revival. There is one purpose of revival, and that is to bring God glory. I know that this flies in the face of all of the popular notions of revival; a church being set afire, the USA repenting, etc. etc. But after reading this epic work you will come to understand the glory of God more deeply and appreciate this more fully.
The only criticism I have of this book is that Dr. Lloyd-Jones relies exclusively on historical examples to illustrate the biblical principles of revival. No where in the book does he share any personal experience he has had with this spiritual phenomenon; his work is totally a recounting of history.
What made Frank J. Bartleman's Azusa Street so compelling is that he was writing from an eye witness point of view. He could relate first hand, what the visitations from the Lord were like, he could give us a glimpse of the closeness of his fellowship, he could reveal just how hot the revival fire burned in his own soul. There is no indication in this book that D. Martyn-Lloyd had ever had a supernatural experience with God, although I give him a lot of credit for meticulously proving revival from history and taking a stand on it. Too many denominations today teach that the days of miracles are passed. I don't believe this for a second.
I do not want my comments to disuade any reader interested in revival from buying this work. It is still well written, and I believe, carries with it the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. You will find a great deal which will feed your hungry soul and drive you to seek a revival for your own heart and life. I am not waiting for some big revival of Christianity to take place (although this is not promised in the Bible) before I get closer to God. I want a revival of my own soul, and I want it now.
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