Books on Revival/Awakening
I’ve been asked recently to recommend some books on spiritual awakening/revival. The following should not be considered either an academic list or a complete one, but offers some suggested reading. There seems to be a growing interest in the subject, for which I thank God. I’m not including hyperlinks or other helps because I honestly don’t have time and you have google . And, yes, as I have been and will be writing on the subject I will throw in some of my own.
I would suggest reading in four categories:
1. Historical Surveys
2. Theological Works
3. Primary Sources.
4. Biographies of Leaders.
For those unfamiliar with the history of revival I would suggest you begin with a survey of these movements. Here are two books:
–Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge, God-Shaped Vision. A very fine recent book.
–Malcolm McDow and Alvin Reid. Firefall 2.0. In May of this year Malcolm and I will release a new version of our survey of revivals from Moses to the new Millennium.
For theological works, check these books:
Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Revival.
Richard Owen Roberts. Revival!
Arnold Dallimore. Revival and Revivalism.
For primary sources the list is almost endless, so feel free to suggest your own in the comments. Here are a few that have blessed me (many of these are free online):
Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Edwards.
Charles Finney. Lectures on Revival.
[Note: reading Edwards and Finney will give you two differing takes on the subject, but these two must be read by anyone serious about studying modern revival movements in the West.]
Philip Spener. Pia Desideria.
Samuel Irenaeus Prime. The Power of Prayer (on the Union Prayer Meetings in 1857-58).
George Whitefield. Journals.
John Wesley. Journals.
Edward Plowman. The Jesus Movement.
Biographies. Same as primary sources. I would love to hear your favorites. Some of mine:
Andrew Bonar. Robert Murray McCheyne.
Arnold Dallimore. Goerge Whitefield [he has a massive 2 volume and a more popular 1 volume.]
Arnold Dallimore. Spurgeon.
John Pollock. Moody.
George Marsden. Jonathan Edwards.
A Skevington Wood. John Wesley. [This is an older work that to my knowledge is out of print. Subtitled The Burning Heart, it is wonderful.]
Norman Grubb. Rees Howells [A man of prayer in the Welsh Revival.]
Again, this is not exhaustive but I also do not want to exhaust you. I would also mention that I wrote a book called Join the Movement with Kregel aimed at showing young adults how God uses them in movements.
I would love to hear what books you have read on revival that have moved you.