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“The Heart of the Global Resurgence of Christianity”

A Review of Global Awakening:
How 20th Century Revivals Triggered

A Christian Revolution.
By Mark Shaw.

Reviewed by Laretta Benjamin.

A Review of Global Awakening:
How 20th Century Revivals Triggered

A Christian Revolution.
Mark Shaw.
Paperback: IVP Academic, 2010.
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Mark Shaw - GLOBAL AWAKENINGFor many of us, the very word “revival” brings images of tents filled with folding chairs on a hot summer night and a preacher wiping his brow in the heat as he makes emotional pleas for us to avoid hell and accept Jesus today so we can go to heaven if we should die tonight.

Revivals?  Aren’t revivals quirky folk rituals associated with rural America and nineteenth-century camp meetings?    Didn’t they pass out of fashion with hula hoops and Edsels?  For many, revivals are little more than relics of a distant past.  They belong more to an age of ploughs and prairies than of postmodernity and globalization.  And like King Arthur’s sword in the stone, the term may be so deeply embedded in American folk culture that any attempt to extract it is doomed to failure.  Yet the sword in the stone is moving.  The news of revivalism’s death has been greatly exaggerated.  Revivals like forces of nature are protean, constantly adjusting their features and ferocity to new times and to new places… They learned to speak Spanish, Portuguese, Yoruba, Korean, Mandarin and Gujarati…and crossed the equator   (12).

It will be difficult for some to think beyond their little box and see revival in a new and different light because of those old preconceived ideas and notions.   What an incredible study the author has done here as he has closely examined the working and moving of God in many places in our world over the last century.  He has truly “done his homework” and given us much to chew on and think about in this writing.

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