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Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2008
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"Garth Rosell has made one of the most significant contributions to the history of American twentieth-century evangelicalism. Not only does he bring to this project his gifts as a noted historian but he also brings the text to life with insights gleaned from his personal friendships and working relationships with Harold John Ockenga and Billy Graham. This is must reading for anyone who wants to know more about the phenomenon of contemporary American evangelicalism. And it is a fascinating and insightful read for those of us who call ourselves evangelicals and want to know more about the individuals and events that have shaped who we are during the past half century." -John A. Huffman, pastor, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California; chairman of the board, Christianity Today International
"The story of post-World War II evangelicalism, and of Harold Ockenga's role in its reconstruction, is here told with an insider's understanding, a historian's eye for detail, and diligence in the use of original sources. Rosell has plowed fresh ground and has given us ways of looking at all of these events that are fresh, authentic, and helpful." -David F. Wells, Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"As I neared the end of this book, I contacted our seminary students and told them that this is a must read. Much more than a history of the evangelical movement in the mid-twentieth century, Garth Rosell's The Surprising Work of God is a compelling charge for today's Christian leaders. Presented as the story of two friends, Harold John Ockenga and Billy Graham, this carefully detailed narrative (don't miss the footnotes!) tells of what happens when a rising generation commits to believe with biblical conviction and to move forward with courage. As I turned each page, I began to believe anew in how the sovereign work of God will once more surprise us as we, the people of God, set our agenda on building bridges, not walls, for his glory. It was a new day for Ockenga, Graham, and their band of brothers as they believed that nothing would be impossible through God. This book will leave you in that same realm of expectations for our generation." -Barry Corey, president, Biola University
"The American evangelical movement today owes its strong cultural presence and evangelistic vigor to a generation of men and women who are in danger of being forgotten. Garth Rosell offers us a family album filled with both panoramic views of a growing movement and intimate snapshots of those who rode the crest of the wave of revival that was about to break on mid-century America. It's an exciting story, and as the son of one of those early revivalists, Rosell is just the person to tell it." -Jennifer Trafton, managing editor, Christian History & Biography
"In this thoroughly researched book, Garth Rosell has put flesh on the dry bones of history. His deep immersion in the rich records left by Harold John Ockenga brings to life the critical developments that forged the modern evangelical movement. The result is a most valuable book." -Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
"Evangelicalism is said to be in the midst of an identity crisis. If so, it would be hard to imagine a more inspiring or compelling remedy than that offered by Garth M. Rosell in The Surprising Work of God. Rosell offers a fresh appraisal of the historical context, as well as the driving convictions and passions, that fostered the rebirth of evangelicalism in the mid-twentieth century under the visionary leadership of Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and other likeminded, gifted individuals. Well-chosen quotations from the writings, speeches, and personal correspondence of Ockenga, Graham, and others reflect Rosell's extensive research and engage the reader with their brilliance, spiritual insight, and enduring relevance. Rosell's convincing admiration for his subjects is balanced, however, by many salutary reminders of how the heroes of his story, like their modern successors, struggled to live up to their convictions. Indeed, if modern evangelicalism is to resolve its identity crisis, it needs to recapture the vibrant and holistic faith of its founding fathers and, wherever possible, go beyond them not by undermining their vision of civility, social transformation, and cultural engagement but by attempting more faithfully to fulfill it."--Gordon P. Hugenberger, senior minister, Park Street Church, Boston; adjunct professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
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