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James Robinson: Divine Healing

This book is essential for anyone seeking to understand the origins of Pentecostalism and its contexts. It is also essential for any serious student of divine healing. Robinson’s extensive accounts of the radical healers, their lives, and their teachings serves as a compendium of things not to do as well as things that need recovered and emulated. Furthermore, it is encouraging and enlightening to see how these early healers handled opposition and that the opposition they faced is similar to the opposition those who practice and believe in divine healing face today. However, what impressed me the most were the lifestyles and convictions of these early leaders.

Finally, perhaps Robinson’s greatest contribution to the ministry of divine healing through his labors is to spur better, clearer, and more biblical thinking about the subject. His objective handling of the contemporaneous critiques points to a seriousness about the ministry that practitioners would do well to regard.

Reviewed by Benjamin Crace


Other Works Cited

James Robinson, Divine Healing: The Formative Years:1830-1890. Theological Roots in the Transatlantic World (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011), 326 pages, ISBN 978-1610971058.


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Category: Church History, Winter 2014

About the Author: Benjamin Crace, Ph.D. candidate (University of Birmingham), lives and teaches in Kuwait City, Kuwait. He is also a distance learning graduate student at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies.

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