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James Goff and Grant Wacker: Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders

James Goff and Grant Wacker: Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders

  James R. Goff Jr. and Grant Wacker, eds., Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders (Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 430 pages. The introduction to this book tells us that no real compelling interest existed in the 20 people whose lives are described therein for the first 50 years of the 20th […]

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Paul L. King: The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Paul L. King: The Christian and Missionary Alliance

  Paul L. King, “The Christian and Missionary Alliance: Higher Life Movement of Missions, Holiness, and Healing” Refleks: med karismatisk kristendom i fokus 2-1 (2003), pages 21-30. Professor King introduces readers to A. B. Simpson and the Christian and Missionary Alliance in this Finnish and English journal of theology and Pentecostal/charismatic history. This article explains […]

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Highlights from Urbana 2003

Highlights from Urbana 2003

First Nations leader Richard Twiss reports on a powerful Urbana conference he was part of in December. Urbana is the largest missions conference in the world. It is convened every three years in Urbana, IL, on the campus of University of Illinois. It is a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. This past December, at Urbana […]

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Leona Choy: Andrew and Emma Murray

Leona Choy: Andrew and Emma Murray

  Leona Choy, Andrew & Emma Murray: An Intimate Portrait of Their Marriage and Ministry (Winchester, Virginia: Golden Morning Publishing, 2000), 269 pages. This book did not disappoint me. Historical biographies that are both easy reading and entertaining are, after a hard day’s work, to be valued. This is one such biography. Written in a […]

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Timothy Larsen: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals

Timothy Larsen: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals

  Timothy Larsen, ed., Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), xvii + 789 pages. Ever come across the name of an evangelical leader, like Lesslie Newbigin or Oswald Chambers, and wondered who they were or what they taught? This dictionary is a great solution for quickly finding a sketch on the […]

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Eddie Hyatt: 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity

Eddie Hyatt: 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity

Eddie L. Hyatt, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2002), 225 pages, ISBN 9780884198727. Have you ever been told that the charismatic movement is new and therefore theologically suspicious? Do not believe such rumors because they are not true, as this book clearly demonstrates. Actually, there may not be another book […]

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Oral Roberts: Expect A Miracle

Oral Roberts: Expect A Miracle

  Oral Roberts, Expect A Miracle: My Life and Ministry (Thomas Nelson, 1995), 388 pages, ISBN 9780785274650. There is something powerful about reading stories of lives God has used. Autobiographies never go out of date. While this was published in 1995, it has a vitality and ring of truth that grows with age. I like […]

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Forgotten Power: The Lord's Supper and the Biblical Pattern of Revival

Forgotten Power: The Lord’s Supper and the Biblical Pattern of Revival

  Editor Note: The editors of the Pneuma Review are aware that Dr. De Arteaga’s views on sacraments will not be universally received among our readers. This guest essay is printed to encourage thought and discussion. Please add your comments below to join the conversation.   Revivals without the Lord’s Supper As we have seen,* […]

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William De Arteaga: Forgotten Power

William De Arteaga: Forgotten Power

  William L. De Arteaga, Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), 287 pages. This is an important book for Pentecostal and charismatic readers. De Arteaga, a former Roman Catholic who became a Pentecostal over thirty years ago, has drawn from the wealth of his experiences in both […]

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Leader of the Century

Leader of the Century

  I was a little boy during the great depression. I was born in 1931 six miles east of New York’s Times Square and shortly after that, my parents bought a modest home on a dead end street where it would be safe for me to grow and play. The street was 320 feet long, […]

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The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements

The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements

  Stanley M. Burgess and Eduard M. van der Maas, eds., The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, Revised and expanded edition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), 1278 + xxxi pages. Growing up in a non-charismatic Christian home, I knew little about the history of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement. For this reason, the original Dictionary […]

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Christians and Muslims: Confronting fourteen centuries of ambition, sorrow, and bad faith

Christians and Muslims: Confronting fourteen centuries of ambition, sorrow, and bad faith

Christian History 74 (Vol XXI No 2). “Christians & Muslims: Confronting fourteen centuries of ambition, sorrow, and bad faith.” Perhaps no other Christian magazine is as poised to offer as complete a picture of the historical conflict between Islam and Christianity as Christian History. In a few brief and readable articles this issue summarizes the […]

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Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter: The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever

Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter: The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever

  Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever: From Pentecost to the Present (Destiny Image Publishers, 2000), 231 pages. I like history and I like revival history most of all. For this reason, I found this book enjoyable. It is an easy-to-read presentation of ten revivals that the authors selected as the […]

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Grant Wacker: Heaven Below

Grant Wacker: Heaven Below

  Grant Wacker, Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2001), 377 pages. Readers of this journal tend to be inhabitants of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement, and are thus to some degree familiar with the theological terrain of the early Pentecostal movement. Pentecostals have not been, at least in the past, […]

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