An insider on the extraordinary movements of the Holy Spirit through the last 100 years offers an engaging account of the practices and healings in the Pentecostal/Charismatic churches of the 20th century. Esteemed historian Vinson Synan provides a behind-the-scenes assessment of the events that took place at Azusa Street, the formation of Pentecostal denominations, the birth of the charismatic renewal, emergence of charismatic Catholicism, and the Toronto Blessing. Synan's first-hand perspective will come as a breath of fresh air for all those who walk in the fullness of God's Spirit!
Premier Pentecostal historian Vinson Synan shares for the first time his engaging personal assessment of and involvement in the extraordinary events of the last 100 years that gave birth to the charismatic and Pentecostal movements. Because of his unique position and participation in most of these events, Synan offers a rare and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the phenomenal events that took place when the Holy Spirit fell at Azusa Street; the subsequent formation of the Pentecostal denominations; the surprising birth of the charismatic renewal; the emergence of charismatic Catholicism; the Toronto Blessing; and beyond.
Because Synan is so widely respected across denominational lines for his scholarship and balance, his candid eyewitness memoir will rivet all who walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, as well as professors, students, and curious onlookers. A once-in-a-lifetime perspective!
Vinson Synan, dean emeritus and distinguished professor of church history at Regent University, received his PhD in American history from the University of Georgia. He founded and pastored four churches and has held various denominational offices. In 1970, Synan co-founded the Society for Pentecostal Studies, which has given institutional shape to Pentecostal research. He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles and essays and many books. He and his wife, Carol, live in Chesapeake, Virginia.
A historian of Pentecostalism and a highly regarded denominational leader, Synan has written a summary of the seminal moments in the North American Pentecostal movement. Less a memoir and more of a guide to newcomers, the book presents the rise of practices such as speaking in tongues and healings in the first decade of the 20th century and their spread to Protestant and Roman Catholic churches in the 1960s. The book breathlessly portrays events with tired adjectives such as amazing and awesome and incredible. But its simplicity of presentation is a useful shorthand for conveying big events such as the racial breakthroughs of the 1990s and the phenomenal spread of exuberant worship styles to churches outside the movement. A retired dean of Pat Robertsons Regent University divinity school, Synan argues in favor of the prosperity gospel, though he acknowledges excesses on the part of some of its vocal proponents. He is more critical in his views of the new apostolic movement, in which pastors of large churches declare themselves apostles, as holding the potential for abuse. (Apr.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.