Review: Pentecostal pioneers remembered

“Pentecostal Pioneers Remembered”: British and Irish Pioneers of Pentecost, by Keith Malcomson. N.p.: Xulon Press, 2008.

This book commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Pentecostal Movement in Great Britain and Ireland, 1907-2007. The author has a burden for present-day revival, and he hopes that the testimonies of early Pentecostal pioneers will inspire the next generation. He calls attention to their strong emphasis on the baptism of the Holy Spirit with signs following, their belief in healing for the sick, and their belief in the authority of Scripture (which includes testing and proving all things). These are important principles for today’s generation.

The book is divided into three sections: Moulding influences; Pentecostal pioneers; and Foundation, heresies, departures, and restoration. Background topics covered include the Brethren Movement, the Keswick Convention, the Welsh Revival, and the Azusa Street Revival.

Most of the book is a collection of short testimonies and biographical sketches of a number of “fathers of the faith” in the Pentecostal Movement in Great Britain and Ireland. Some of these include: T.B. Barratt, A. A. Boddy, Arthur Booth-Clibborn, Robert A. Brown, W. F. P. Burton, Howard Carter, John Carter, Mrs. Eleanor Crisp, Stanley Frodsham, Donald Gee, Harold Horton, Edward Jeffreys, George Jeffreys, Stephen Jeffreys, James McKeown, Thomas Myerscough, J. Nelson Parr, Cecil Polhill, James Salter, Douglas Scott, and Smith Wigglesworth. Most of these pioneers were born in Britain and Ireland and ministered there, yet their ministries deeply affected the entire world. In addition to the biographical sketches, the author includes additional comments and sidebars regarding some of the better-known individuals.

The last section includes sketches on the Apostle Paul, W. O. Hutchinson, A. E. Saxby, David du Plessis, and B. H. Clendennen. Each of these men has a unique message which is worthy of exploration as they forged ahead in ministry, although not always with the mainstream. Lessons can be learned from each example given in the book, and the testimonies should inspire the present generation of Pentecostal believers. There is also a helpful bibliography.

Reviewed by Glenn W. Gohr

Softcover, 476 pages, illustrated. $23.99 ($35.99 for hardcover) plus shipping. Available from www.pentecostalpioneers.org or www.amazon.com

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