For one of the classes in the Tribe of Judah School of Discipleship, I am having members of our Tribe read various books on revival, prayer, and spiritual warfare. For no real reason really, we just happen to be smack dab in the middle of all these things! I feel we could use the assistance of great men and women who have went before us, delving deep into the fray with the Lord.
These are all books I can personally vouch for and can openly admit that the Lord used every one of them to shape and mold my concept of a God-breathed, Spirit-filled Awakening. I intend to promote these titles with very great prejudice and darn near insist that every man, woman, and child in our ministry have at least a cursory grasp of their thorough impact. There is so much we can learn from what God has done in prior awakenings and revivals and I think He wants to work again in our present American crapper tank; He knows we need it! So, with Peter I cry, to stir you all up by way of reminder…clearly, great things He has done.
“Why Revival Tarries” by Leonard Ravenhill
Maybe my single favorite “kindling” book for starting the fires of Revival in my heart. Every time I have heard or read Leonard Ravenhill, I am shaken to my core. I mean, like physically shaken. I thank God that a friend felt led to give me his copy a couple years ago. I feel that I am knit to Ravenhill’s being…he is definitely my kind of crazy.
“The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer
Probably the best modern work on Christian Intimacy and knowing God. Through the Lord’s wisdom, Tozer somehow captured the deepest of the deep when pertaining to spending time in God’s presence. Such a poignant and penitent book.
“Awakening in Wales” by Jesse Penn-Lewis
This was the first read I ever partook in concerning the Welsh Revival. Words can not explain the penetrating and eye-opening work the Spirit did through this little book written by a woman who witnessed it. I literally didn’t know what revival was capable of until this book fell into my hands…to the tune of whole villages being converted and some 300,000 saints entering into glory. Unspeakable joy.
“The Reproducers” by Chuck Smith & Hugh Steven
The fresh love and excitement of the Jesus Movement captured in its era and dripping of newborn life for thousands. It is also quite sweet to see, in awesome detail, the advent of my alma mater Calvary Chapel and just what the Holy Spirit did through the honoring of His Word.
“Fresh Wind Fresh Fire” by Jim Cymballa
This book could have been called, “When All Else Failed, The Little Church Prayed.” A riveting testimony of the power of prayer and trusting the Lord to provide the muscle for local Revival. Starting in the ’70’s, this account shows how God changed Brooklyn forever through faithful, simple people. Thank you Lord, for showing us that revival can happen anywhere.
“The Laws of Revival” by James Burns
Coming from a much larger and well-researched work delving into historical revivals in the church, James Burns thoroughly catalogs the ebb and flow of revival. He etches each of his chapters by looking at the commonalities of all revivals to seal an airtight case on how the Holy Spirit seems to work in these truly blessed times.
“Invasion of Wales…by the Holy Spirit…through Evan Roberts” by James A. Stewart
Here is a mini powerhouse on the miraculous happenings through Mr. Evan Roberts in the turn-of-the-century Welsh Revival. I was simply blown away and awestruck at the wondrously basic men and women the Spirit used in this revival. This book shows how the Holy Spirit was on the throne of the Awakening and how man, especially Evan Roberts, refused to take the glory from the Lord. Quite clearly, great things the Lord had done there.
“Jesus People Come Alive” by Walker L. Knight
A great across-the-board documentation of how the ’60’s Jesus Movement rocked the west coast and Southern California. Contrary to what most people talk about, the Jesus Movement had ripple effects in many mainline denominations and youth groups. Many other types of ministries took off at this time as well, including contemporary Christian music and records, Christian coffee shops, and communes. All this and more can be soaked up while reading this book.
“Revival God’s Way” by Leonard Ravenhill
Revival God’s Way is a rousing battle cry and wake up call for the Church right now. If you don’t get mad and either throw this book across the room, repent of your spiritual slothfullness, or both, I would wonder whether or not you are a true believer and follower of Christ. Honestly, I have never been so fired-up and filled up, except for maybe reading other Leonard Ravenhill books. We need to pray. We need to move. We NEED revival. Or we perish. Period. There is only one option for us if we want to stay alive spiritually.
“Revival Lectures” by Charles Finney
If there was a systematic theology book on the Theology of Revival, this would be it. Some of the ideas in this book and the ways they are presented, I did not even think were possible to catalogue. But Finney does it anyway. He sees revival as no less a product of “means” or action and process, as a farmer expecting results after he has properly plowed, sown and watered…he then reaps a harvest. This is definitely a book for the zealous and pragmatic soul harvester.
“When a Nation Forgets God” by Erwin Lutzer
The similarities between Pre-Nazi Germany and the current political, social and moral state of America is quite alarming at best and downright frightening at worst. We need to see these likenesses and rise up and pray for our country. This is the type of book that outlines the dire need for revival in our country, or else. A tough pill to swallow, but swallow it we must.
“The Weapon of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds
E.M. Bounds, in all reality wrote one book…called “Prayer.” This volume just happened to be named “The Weapon of Prayer.” This book outlines the overwhelming odds held by the praying saint. The best weapon, aside from maybe the Word of God, in our fight against the enemy, is surely prayer. We must see this as the non-carnal, first resort in this great battle we are engaged in. As it has been said, “Prayer isn’t part of the battle; it is THE battle!” And the best answer to prayer, is more prayer. It should really interrupt hell without ceasing….
“The Christian in Complete Armour” Vol. One by William Gurnall
This recently-discovered treasure trove is the mine I am currently digging in. And with the accolades of notables such as John Newton, Charles Spurgeon, David Wilkerson, and Leonard Ravenhill, I just had to take a look. At well over 1,000 pages and split into three chewy volumes, this tome on spiritual warfare should seriously be delved into by any minister or disciple seeking to join the fight. Not for the faint of heart, this stuff will leave you even more victorious and less likely to faint in heart! Truly a masterwork on spiritual warfare. Onward Christian Soldiers!