Review: The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy

Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy

The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy, edited by Harold D. Hunter and Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2006.

The Azusa Street Centennial (Los Angeles, 2006) brought together approximately 45,000 Pentecostal pilgrims who traveled from all corners of the globe to celebrate, worship and reflect on the paths that led them to where they are in their spiritual journeys. Right in the heart of the celebration, historians gathered in an academic track where they presented a series of papers highlighting the most up-to-date scholarship on the history and legacy of the Azusa Street revival. Two leading Pentecostal historians, Harold D. Hunter and Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., assembled the majority of these papers, now available in The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy.

The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy is divided equally into two parts: articles exploring the Azusa Street revival and those tracing its impact around the world. The first section touches on themes at the Azusa Street mission that continue to be important, including: race reconciliation, women in ministry, healing, and the role of media in fanning the Pentecostal flame. Authors in the second part of the book examine the effect of Pentecostalism in various social, geographical, and institutional contexts.

The Azusa Street revival, which became a focal point of the emerging Pentecostal movement, at the time was viewed by many observers as a passing fad. Now, with Pentecostals numbering in the hundreds of millions worldwide, the remarkable revival is often counted as one of the important events in Christian history. The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy, which brings together twenty perceptive essays addressing the revival and its global impact, deserves to be in the library of every university, seminary and person who has more than a passing interest in Pentecostalism’s past and future.

Reviewed by Darrin Rodgers.

Cloth binding, 364 pages. $24.99 retail. Order from: Pathway Press

Essays in this volume include:

  • Ordinary Prophet: William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival / Gaston Espinosa
  • The Role of Women in the Azusa Street Revival / Estrelda Alexander
  • Pentecostal Healing at the Mission / Kimberly Ervin Alexander
  • Spiritual Hunger “on the Apostolic Faith Line” / Daniel Woods
  • From Azusa Street to Cleveland: The Amazing Journey of G.B. Cashwell and the Spread of Pentecostalism / David G. Roebuck
  • “Networks and Niches”: The Worldwide Transmission of the Azusa Street Revival / David Maxwell
  • What Good Can Come From Los Angeles? Changing Perceptions of the North American Pentecostal Origins in Early Western European Pentecostal Periodicals / Cornelis van der Laan
  • Azusa Missionaries in the Context of the Caste System in India / Paulson Pulikottil
  • Revivals and the Global Expansion of Pentecostalism after Azusa Street / Allan Anderson
  • Constructing Different Memories: Recasting the Azusa Street Revival / Anthea Butler
  • Signs of Grace in a Graceless World: The Charismatic Structure of the Church in Trinitarian Perspective / Frank D. Macchia
  • Encountering the Triune God: Spirituality Since the Azusa Street Revival / Simon Chan
  • Pentecostal Eschatology: What Happened When the Wave Hit the West End of the Ocean / Wonsuk Ma
  • The Church of God in Christ and the Azusa Street Revival / Frederick L. Ware
  • The Blessings of Azusa Street and Doornfontein Revivals and Pentecost’s Blind Spot / Frank Chikane
  • A Journey Toward Racial Reconciliation: Race Mixing in the Church of God of Prophecy / Harold D. Hunter
  • The “Place” of Women in Pentecostal/Charismatic Ministry Since the Azusa Street Revival / Pamela Holmes
  • After Azusa Street: Identity and Function of Pentecostalisms in the Processes of Social Change / Bernardo Campos Morante
  • Pentecostalism and Social Transformation / Donald E. Miller
  • The Azusa Street Revival and the Historic Churches / Thomas P. Rausch

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