Pentecostal Outpourings Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  May 10, 2016
Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition Book Cover Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition
Smart, Haykin & Clary, eds.
Reformation Heritage Books
February 19, 2016

When Jesus ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, He poured out His Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This significant historical and redemptive event was not the last time Christ poured out His Spirit in redemptive history. Mindful of these subsequent acts, Pentecostal Outpourings presents historical research on revivals in the Reformed tradition during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Investigating the British Isles, it observes the outpourings experienced among Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, Irish Dissenters, Calvinistic English Baptists, and Scottish Presbyterians. It then moves on to evaluate the revival instincts among Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and the Dutch Reformed in America. May the knowledge of these outpourings of the Holy Spirit help us seek God earnestly to revive His Church once again.

The Cross Focused Reviewers weigh in on Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition by Smart, Haykin & Clary, eds. (Reformation Heritage Books, 2016).

“What makes this book even more interesting is the multiple flavours of Reformed views that bring out the beauty, the unique perspectives, and the many different ways the Holy Spirit works.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 5 Stars

“[Pentecostal Outpourings] is packed with detailed and well-researched information, covering revivals in both the British Isles and America.”
Reviewer: H. Marshall
Rating: 5 Stars

“Church history is a very important subject to read and study with fellow Christians. This book gives you a good detailed history of different perspectives on revival as it relates to the reformed community.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found this book to be balanced because it focused on the truly Christ centered revivals. It discussed the time period and happenings that may have influenced these movements and even cautioned false revivals… a great book to help fill in those gaps of what I had previously learned. ”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book details exciting historical accounts of revivals. All you have to do is to look at today’s headlines to see that our nation desperately needs revival. But what is biblical revival? Is it a planned, man-centered event, such as “Revival – Saturday Night”? No, as one of the editors and contributors of this volume, Robert Smart writes, the intent of the book is to “Promote the knowledge of God, the gospel of Christ, and the great outpourings of the Spirit through a variety of Reformed authors reflecting and applying historical and biblical lessons for today’s Christian leader.””
Reviewer: Bill Pence
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pentecostal Outpourings will make a great addition to a high school homeschooling curriculum and can neatly work as a history or theology section in your child’s study. It is also appropriate for anyone who has an interest in the history of the Reformed tradition or revivalism. I can’t think of a better book on the subject to include in a church library and pastors will appreciate the congregation’s interest in revival without having to worry about the theology that typically undergirds other works on the subject.”
Reviewer: Aaron Cerda
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a welcome and helpful corrective to much of what has been written about revival. Readable, yet scholarly, it provides a rational, biblical, and theologically sound understanding of how God has revived His church in the past, and how we might expect Him to work in the future.”
Reviewer: Jim Harrison
Rating: 5 Stars

“Through these historical studies Pentecostal Outpourings is making a theological case for revival. Though revivals are not normative for the church, they are the work of a sovereign God who answers prayers.”
Reviewer: Hoon Lee
Rating: 4 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings would be a great book for the church history lover and an excellent companion to Iain Murray’s Revival and Revivalism. This book would also offer encouragement to church leaders and believers who are praying for revival in their midst. As God has clearly and powerfully moved in the past, perhaps He will be gracious enough to do so again in our lifetime?”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a real achievement and a very helpful resource, one that ought to be turned to again and again. Broad in scope, not shallow in depth, inspirational, honest and thoroughly biblical. A worthwhile addition to any reformed believer’s shelf.”
Reviewer: Ross Murphy
Rating: 5 Stars

Pentecostal Outpourings is a very helpful book for Reformed and conservative leaning Christians who are cautious about the modern day Pentecostal movement but who also want to study how God has moved in the past in revival.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 4 Stars

“It was encouraging to me as a reminder that God can and does move mightily in a society that seems apathetic or even hostile to the gospel. It moved me to pray for revival here and now, and any book that gets you doing that is a worthy read indeed.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 4 Stars

“Reading about our forefathers in the faith has encouraged me to pray for and seek revival along these lines… I hope that this book will encourage those like me who find themselves within the tradition to lead the efforts in seeking and promoting revival throughout the entire world, not just in our own churches but in all the churches who call upon Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Savior.”
Reviewer: Christopher Woznicki
Rating: 5 Stars

“In reading these histories, the reader is struck with the truth that God the Holy Spirit is Sovereign and moves as He sees fit, and the reader is struck with the truth that God answers the prayers of His people at are in accordance with His Will. May we be strong and passionate in praying for revival that glorifies God and builds His Kingdom as we proclaim the Gospel, and may God be pleased to grant revival in this day – for the joy of His people.”
Reviewer: Peter Butler, Jr.
Rating: 5 Stars

“As a student of the history of revivals I hope this book finds many readers and that those who read it would have a burden to see God do again what He has done in the past and that is revive His church.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“While Reformed believers have always rightly been wary of Revivalism (and the emotionalism it produces), God-honoring, biblical revival is something that should be close to all of our hearts. This book goes a long way towards helping us understand what that has looked like over the centuries; and it points us towards what it might look like in our own day.”
Reviewer: Ben Franks
Rating: 5 Stars

“Pentecostal Outpourings gives me hope, since, as one discovers in this excellent survey of past revivals, significant spiritual decline typically does precede God-wrought revivals. We have the decline. Will revival follow?”
Reviewer: David M. Hodges
Rating: 5 Stars

“Evangelical Christians will come away from this work with a renewed longing for genuine revival, resulting in earnest prayer and renewed passion for faithful preaching and teaching of the Bible.”
Reviewer: Duncan Johnson
Rating: 5 Stars

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