You can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink. You can also remove a horse from a burning barn only to find that same horse run back to the place from which he was removed. Mr. Ravenhill's book,"Why Revival Tarries" serves as a directional device for the christian that will honestly admit that he or she has not surrendered all yet with humility is willing to learn. The answer to the question,"Why Revival Tarries" is answered throughout these pages. Fellow christian you will soon realize that you have been lead to water....enjoy!
Honestly it was the most boring Christian book I've ever read. I haven't read that many books, but it WAS boring. I thought that it was going to ignite a flame in me when I bought it but the only thing it did was make me sleepy. The reason this is, is because Ravenhill does not have the gift of teaching. The gift of evangelism or mercy, yes, I can definitely see. But he didn't teach in this book, he preached. He didn't quote or comment and many Bible verses. Ravenhill preached alot about our passion for God and that we need to have more passion for Him and for lost souls. But he never tells you how to attain that passion. He just tells you that you need to have it. If you really want a passion for God, this is how to get it: read and meditate on God's Word, pray, and trust Him when He allows you to go through the furnace of affliction to test you. Hardships come that you might become more holy as He is holy; and if you really believe this you will love God for it. If you would like to read a good book on prayer then read Charles Spurgeon, "The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life."
Wonderful book. But warning! If you don't want change, don't read because God will use this book to change your life! But definitely for the better, for now and eternity! Just think about when Mr. Ravenhill wrote this book and substitute the word "Islam" or "Muslim" every time you see "Communism" and you will find that it is very relevant and up-to-date. Even more so than then!
This book, if you allow it to convict you and soften your heart, will change your life. If you have a true thirst for revival, Ravenhill will be a kindred brother to you. If you want to read accounts of revival, see also the John Weir book - the Ulster Awakening.