Book Review: "A God-Sized Vision"

Learning from the revivals of the past may help ignite one today.

For me, the word "revival" usually brings to mind sweating, red-faced evangelists berating sweet old church ladies for letting their spiritual fires fizzle. I often offered my most fervent prayers at revival meetings during the 37th stanza of "Just as I Am," because the preacher believed someone in the congregation needed to do business with the Lord. He wasn't going to end the invitation until that burdened soul had its chance. Lord move in power; I'm ready to go home!

With A God-sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir (Zondervan, 2010), Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge restored my image of revival. This global history of revival from the 1730s through the 1950s covers familiar events in American church history—the First and Second Great Awakenings, the Businessmen's Revival, and the Evangelical Boom of the 20th century. But what I found most interesting were stories of spiritual awakening worldwide, in places like East Africa, China, India, Wales, and Korea.

One of the authors' ...

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