Yeager, Randolph O.
The church of Jesus Christ finally has a comprehensive introduction to the subject of revival. Over the last half of the last century many excellent books and articles have been written or republished on this vital subject, but none could be called a complete introduction. This volume has everything necessary to introduce the novice to this subject as well as challenge the seasoned student of revival. As in all areas of study an introduction is essential to both those seeking to communicate information and those desiring to be informed.
The well-written and inspirational book, Revival Sketches and Manual by Herman Humphrey was originally published in 1859 and fills this void. The book is divided into two parts. The first part, Revival Sketches, includes an overview of reviving influences of the Holy Spirit upon the cause of God from Old Testament times to 1859. In the first part predominance is given to the period between 1800-1859. Humphrey includes at least two chapters of first-hand reports of revivals in various churches written by their pastors or others in the congregations. But nothing of the flow of the book is lost; rather, the level of interest in God's sovereign hand of intervention in the lives of individuals and churches is increased.
The second part is a Revival Manual. This section is filled with practical advice for those who desire to be winners of souls and wise in applying the Word of God to every conscience and case which might arise as one pursues his pastoral duties. This part has three divisions. The first division answers the question how revivals are to be sought and by what means they might be promoted. The second chapter, entitled "Brief Appeals," raises a number of possible responses which might be heard by those who seek to deal with persons who are confronted with the claims of Jesus Christ. The third section is "Revival Conversations: Between a Pastor and Inquirers." This section is also very profitable to both the novice as well as the seasoned pastor. The advice given in this section will be extremely helpful to all who seek to guide inquirers toward the narrow way.