Principles of Revival is an edited version of Finney's first book of published sermons, Sermons on Important Subjects. It is distinctively different in that it focuses on the psychology of revival and conversion versus the method-oriented approach of the other Finney volumes on revival. Newly edited by L.G. Parkhurst, the material cannot be found in print anywhere else (except for a few readings that relate to Principles of Victory)
Major themes include:
• The necessity of preaching to the conscience.
• The inevitability of opposition to the gospel.
• The operation of the sinner's mind.
• Motivating the sinner to repentance.
• The relationship in conversion between personal initiation and the work of the Spirit
Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) is recognized as the most effective evangelist of the 19th century. It is estimated that more than half a million people were converted to Christ through his evangelistic ministry. After becoming a lawyer he carefully explored the claims of Christ and was powerfully converted in 1821. An avid student of the Bible, he soon engaged in preaching and teaching throughout many eastern and southern states. The result was a revival which altered the course of American history.