Getting It All Together

The Jesus Movement in America, by Edward E. Plowman (Cook, 1971, 128 pp., paperback, $.95), Jesus People Come Alive, edited by Walker L. Knight (Tyndale, 1971, 127 pp., paperback, $1.25), House of Acts, by John A. MacDonald (Creation House, 1970, 124 pp., $3.95), Turned On to Jesus, by Arthur Blessitt (Hawthorn, 1971, 242 pp., $5.95), The Jesus People Are Coming, by Pat King (Logos, 1971, paperback, $1.95), Jesus People, by Duane Pederson (Regal, 1971, 128 pp., paperback, $1.25), The Jesus Trip, by Lowell D. Streiker (Abingdon, 1971, 128 pp., paperback, $1.95), and The Jesus Kids, by Roger C. Palms (Judson, 1971, 96 pp., paperback, $1.95), are reviewed by Donald M. Williams, minister to college students, Hollywood Presbyterian Church, Hollywood, California.

The first rush of articles on the Jesus movement has passed, and here come the books. Within the eight here reviewed, we find historical, descriptive, biographical and autobiographical, and critical studies. The historical and descriptive are Edward Plowman’s The Jesus Movement in America (misleadingly entitled The Underground Church for its first printing) and Walker Knight’s Jesus People Come Alive.

Plowman gives us a fast-moving, documented, often personal account of the spiritual awakening crossing the United States. He relates the quest of the youth culture to the response of the Jesus movement as we are taken from San Francisco (where he was an observer of early beginnings) to campus and commune. This survey gives us a valuable and necessary framework within which to understand the more in-depth studies.

One weakness is the absence of any clear definition of the Jesus people or movement. How are we to distinguish among Sunset Strip evangelist ...

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