Review: The Azusa Street Mission and Revival


The Azusa Streat Mission and Revival

The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement, by Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006.

If you only read one book on the Azusa Street revival, this should be it. Written by the leading authority on the subject, The Azusa Street Mission and Revival is the result of over twenty years of research. Its engaging prose and careful attention to detail bring the story to life. This book is a joy to read.

Nearly twenty-five percent of the world’s Christians count themselves among the Charismatic and Pentecostal family of Christian movements, yet few know how Pentecostalism began. The Azusa Street Mission and Revival tells the story of the small racially-inclusive group that gathered in Los Angeles in 1906 and changed the world of Christianity. With little more than a printing press, a trolley stop and a powerful message, the revival that began at Apostolic Faith Mission on Azusa Street, rapidly crossed more than race lines — into Mexico, Canada, Britain, Scandinavia, western and southern Africa, India, and China — and began to change the landscape of Christianity. The complete story of the Mission has finally been recorded.

“I am tremendously proud to commend Dr. Robeck’s work on the Azusa Street Mission. It is a ‘must read’ for all who want to understand Pentecostalism.” — Bishop Charles E. Blake, West Angeles Church of God in Christ

“Cecil Robeck’s painstaking research on the Azusa Street revival masterfully reconfigures the framework of current Pentecostal history. Gender, race, and ethnicity come to the forefront of the Azusa Street story, providing new insights and implications for our understandings of Pentecostal history and the global history of Christianity.” –Anthea D. Butler, University of Rochester

“This is the definitive work by the acknowledged master of the subject. The most satisfying thing about Dr. Robeck’s expertise, however, is our enrichment by his pure passion to assist people in understanding the spiritual vitality that can be theirs.” –Jack W. Hayford, President of The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel

Endorsements from cover

Paperback, 342 pages, illustrated. $14.99 retail. Order from: Gospel Publishing House

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