About the Book
Book: The Great Azusa Street Revival
Author: William Seymour
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Release Date: October 16, 2020
A fascinating collection of the words and teachings of William Seymour in the years leading up to and including the historic Azusa Street Revival, which began in Los Angeles in 1906 before spreading across the country and creating the modern-day Pentecostal movement. Includes historic accounts, eyewitness testimonies to the power of God, and photos capturing the multicultural, worldwide appeal of Seymour and his ministry, including his stirring sermons, which covered a wide range of topics that are still relevant to believers today. Complied by Roberts Liardon, author of the bestselling God’s Generals series.
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Guest Review from Joni Truex
The Great Azusa Street Revival is the story of William J. Seymour. This book shares his life story and his part in the birth of the Pentecostal religion. I enjoyed reading the history of this religion. Having friends that are Pentecostal, this explained their beliefs. I always wondered about the no makeup , long hair and dresses, which was determined at the birth of Pentecostal religion. Speaking in tongues was mentioned in the book several times. Speaking in tongues was a fervent hope and prayer for Mr. Seymour. I have never heard someone speak in tongues and wish the explanation had been clearer of what that sounds like. Filled with the Holy Spirit, William Seymour shared many sermons, which are also included in the book. The sermons provided a deeper look into the thoughts and beliefs held by William. I found the relationship between William and his wife interesting but not fully explained. It almost seemed a marriage of convenience, not love. There was a lot of initial respect shown by many of the men involved until their beliefs differed. That hasn’t changed in today’s church, either.
This book was provided through Celebrate Lit and the author for me to read. The opinions expressed are my own thoughts.
About the Author
William Seymour (1870–1922) was an African American, holiness preacher who initiated the Azusa Street Revival, an influential event in the rise of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. He was the second of eight children born to emancipated slaves and was raised in extreme poverty in Louisiana. Seymour was a student of early Pentecostal minister Charles Parham, and he adopted Parham’s belief that speaking in tongues was the sign of receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. In 1906, Seymour moved to Los Angeles, California, where he preached the Pentecostal message and sparked a revival that drew large crowds of believers as well as increased media scrutiny about the controversial religious practices as well as the racially integrated worship services. Seymour’s leadership of the revival and publication of The Apostolic Faith newspaper launched him into prominence within the young Pentecostal movement. As the revival’s influence extended beyond Los Angeles through evangelism and missionary work, Seymour was in the process of developing the revival into a larger organization called the Apostolic Faith Movement. This process was ultimately defeated by power struggles with other ministers and ultimately damaged the unity of the early Pentecostal movement and led to a decrease in Seymour’s influence. By 1914, the revival was past its peak, but Seymour continued to pastor the Apostolic Faith Mission he founded until his death. The revival acted as a catalyst for the spread of Pentecostal practices, such as speaking in tongues and integrated worship, throughout the world. It also played an important role in the history of most major Pentecostal denominations.
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The participants were criticized by some secular media and Christian theologians for behaviors considered to be outrageous and unorthodox, especially at the time. Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century.
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