Top Pentecostal history books in libraries


Next to Assemblies of God Heritage magazine the Bible, what is your favorite reading material? Do you have a top ten list of your all-time favorite books?

We thought it would be interesting to see which Pentecostal history books are most popular in libraries. So, we logged onto FirstSearch (aka WorldCat or OCLC, which is available at your local library) and searched for books with the following terms in their subject headings. The top ten books for each term, in terms of the numbers of libraries holding each book, are below.

Pentecostal history
1. Heaven Below : Early Pentecostals and American Culture / Grant Wacker (Harvard University Press, 2001) 878 libraries
2. Reinventing American Protestantism : Christianity in the New Millennium / Donald E. Miller (University of California Press, 1997) 847 libraries
3. Tongues of Fire : The Explosion of Protestantism in Latin America / David Martin (Blackwell, 1990) 682 libraries
4. God’s Daughters : Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission / R. Marie Griffith (University of California Press, 1997) 603 libraries
5. The Church of God : A Social History / Mickey Crews (University of Tennessee Press, 1990) 574 libraries
6. God’s Peculiar People : Women’s Voices and Folk Tradition in a Pentecostal Church / Elaine J. Lawless (University Press of Kentucky, 1988) 553 libraries
7. Black Holiness : A Guide to the Study of Black Participation in Wesleyan Perfectionist and Glossolalic Pentecostal Movements / Charles Edwin Jones (Scarecrow Press, 1987) 435 libraries
8. Power, Politics, and Pentecostals in Latin America / Edward L. Cleary and Hannah W. Stewart-Gambino (Westview Press, 1997) 429 libraries
9. Fields White unto Harvest : Charles F. Parham and the Missionary Origins of Pentecostalism / James R. Goff (University of Arkansas Press, 1988) 408 libraries
10. Saints in Exile : The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture / Cheryl Jeanne Sanders (Oxford University Press, 1996) 390 libraries

Pentecostalism history
1. All Things are Possible : The Healing and Charismatic Revivals in Modern America / David Edwin Harrell (Indiana University Press, 1975) 1,320 libraries
2. Fire from Heaven : The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-first Century / Harvey Cox (Addison-Wesley, 1995) 1,316 libraries
3. The New Charismatics : The Origins, Development, and Significance of Neo-pentecostalism / Richard Quebedeaux (Doubleday, 1976) 1,052 libraries
4. Heaven Below : Early Pentecostals and American Culture / Grant Wacker (Harvard University Press, 2001) 878 libraries
5. Restoring the Faith : The Assemblies of God, Pentecostalism, and American Culture / Edith Blumhofer (University of Illinois Press, 1993) 859 libraries
6. Born Againism, Perspectives on a Movement / Eric W. Gritsch (Fortress Press, 1982) 737 libraries
7. Jim and Tammy : Charismatic Intrigue Inside PTL / Joe E. Barnhart (Prometheus Books, 1988) 734 libraries
8. Perspectives on Charismatic Renewal / Edward D. O’Connor (University of Notre Dame Press, 1975) 498 libraries
9. The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition : Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century / Vinson Synan (Eerdmans, 1997) 484 libraries
10. Spiritual Warfare : The Politics of the Christian Right / Sara Diamond (South End Press, 1989) 484 libraries

Assemblies of God history
1. Restoring the Faith : The Assemblies of God, Pentecostalism, and American Culture / Edith Blumhofer (University of Illinois Press, 1993) 859 libraries
2. Anointed to Serve : The Story of the Assemblies of God / William Menzies (Gospel Publishing House, 1971) 213 libraries
3. Praising in Black and White : Unity and Diversity in Christian Worship / Brenda Eatman Aghahowa (United Church Press, 1996) 198 libraries
4. The Assemblies of God : A Chapter in the Story of American Pentecostalism / Edith Blumhofer (Gospel Publishing House, 1989) 153 libraries
5. Suddenly … from Heaven : A History of the Assemblies of God / Carl Brumback (Gospel Publishing House, 1961) 125 libraries
6. Theory of Social Involvement : A Case Study in the Anthropology of Religion, State, and Society / Sunday A. Aigbe (University Press of America, 1993) 123 libraries
7. Origin and Structural Development of the Assemblies of God / Mario Hoover (M.A. Thesis, Southwest Missouri State College, 1970) 86 libraries
8. This Gospel Shall be Preached : A History and Theology of Assemblies of God Foreign Missions to 1959 / Gary B. McGee (Gospel Publishing House, 1986) 86 libraries
9. Like a River / Carl Brumback (Gospel Publishing House, 1977) 64 libraries
10. The Assemblies of God : A Popular History / Edith Blumhofer (Gospel Publishing House, 1985) 60 libraries

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