He was a student of church history, with a particular interest in Christian revival. His evangelistic meetings during the Second World War drew large crowds. Many converts devoted themselves to Christian ministry and foreign missions. The Ravenhills had three sons: Paul, David, and Philip. Paul and David are Christian ministers. Philip was in ministry for a while before moving on to specialize in African art history.
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Start your review of Why Revival Tarries: A Classic on Revival Write a review Shelves: religious-thought , kindle-edition , books I would probably give this more of a 4. I have been quite frustrated with organized religion based on the lack of passion that I see in the pews and the fact that so much seems fake. Therefore, I was expecting this recommendation to be a book that would show me the "error of my ways" and glorify structured religion because it was recommended by a current clergy member.
So, I was pleasantly surprised when Ravenhill reprimands the current structure well, the "current" structure of , but not much has changed. He pleads for more fervent prayer, more meat and less entertainment in preaching, and ministers that are less concerned with having their heads filled with formal training and more concerned with having their hearts on fire. One quote that he included from another person and these quotes from others are included at the end of each chapter was from Samuel Chadwick and stated, "The Church that is man-managed instead of God-governed is doomed to failure.
A ministry that is college-trained but not Spirit-filled works no miracles. Reminds me of the drill Sargent gym teacher that was never satisfied with how hard you worked out, even though you were puking. So thats the way I picture the comparison but in a spiritual sense. But truthfully, generally speaking, I feel we are pretty wimpy in our prayer lives. We all could use a kick in the butt to pursue God "harder" or enjoy His presence longer.
So, this book was definitely challenging and at the same time very encouraging. The man is intense! Every page of this book is a hard core challenge to comfortable Christians. He puts his finger on some of the biggest issues of the church, and then presses down hard. Are they actually concerned for the lost?
Are they willing to do the work of prayer, suffering, and dying to themselves to see revival? As a Christian leader I feel well reprimanded for my lack of prayer, earnestness, and What can I say about Ravenhill? Reading Ravenhill is like listening to a prophet.
For me it was a much needed kick in the pants. There are some significant negatives, though. There is far too much emphasis on academic knowledge in church leadership, and not nearly enough on spiritual work. But Ravenhill goes on to say that "ministers who do not spend two hours a day in prayer are not worth a dime a dozen". Two hours? Where is that number coming from? The overall point is true, but the specific wording is un-Biblical and unhelpful.
I should also mention that he has some strong anti-Catholic sentiments. So I would say that this book is not for everyone. Even so, and with all its flaws, I found the book to contain some great insights, and helpful in identifying areas where I am deeply in need of spiritual growth. After reading it, I am motivated to pray more, and surrender more of my life and lifestyle to God.
The church especially including myself really needs the prodding that Ravenhill is attempting to give. Deeply challenging but also encouraging to know that God does show up when His people look to Him. Jul 14, Kristin rated it it was ok There was a time in my life when I felt personally responsible for bringing about a spiritual revival in the US.
I was convinced that if I just managed my time well enough, and had enough intensity in my prayer life, and agonized enough for the lost and blah blah blah, that revival would visit the US. I wore myself out, and gave up. Ironically, I look upon those years of my life as my "wilderness" years. Perhaps these present years are the years when I have relied on the Holy Spirit to convict There was a time in my life when I felt personally responsible for bringing about a spiritual revival in the US.
Perhaps these present years are the years when I have relied on the Holy Spirit to convict me of sin and righteousness. In either case, I am thankful for the grace of God that carries both of us.
Yet now in my second reading it leaves me scratching my head. I enjoyed his word play. God is waiting on you to pray, you to preach, you to weep The cross, the life of Christ, the resurrection all get mentioned plenty of times, but in this book the work that Christ has done FOR YOU gets consumed by all that you should be doing for Him.
I cannot bring myself to give this book less than 3 stars because there were just too many good one liners, at the same time I will not be rushing out to get this book into the hands of others. If you know what you believe and are looking to be stirred give this book a read, yet if you are looking to gain insight and deeper knowledge and love for your Lord, this book is not the place to start.
The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of praver. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere. The two prerequisites to successful Christian living are vision and passion, both of which are born in and maintained by prayer.
Why Revival Tarries: A Classic on Revival