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The Heart of Revival
The Heart of Revival
by Nicky Gumbel
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revival and the Book of Isaiah, Sept. 21 2010
This review is from: The Heart of Revival (Paperback)
The Heart of Revival by Nicky Gumbel, Kingsway Publications, was first published in 1997, followed by a reprint the following year. The book is 205 pages of contents, followed by Notes and then a 15 page chapter by chapter guide by David Stone which is designed for group study.

The book is split into11 chapters, plus the Study Guide with a short foreword by Sandy Millar. Chapter one spurts into action - `What is Revival' as the author describes it, defines it and cites from revival history in Korea, China, Argentina and Brazil.

The rest of the book follows a biblical study of the second half of the book of Isaiah chapters 40, 49-65 with personal notes and observations and how it relates to us and revival. I've not read a revival book like this before, one that follows through a book of the Bible and how it relates to revival. How we should live, who God is, what has He promised etc.

At the end of each chapter is a summing up of a paragraph in length with the last few pages of the last chapter having concluding remarks to sum up each all the previous chapters. This is helpful.

The author is well read, and quotes from numerous sources and includes brief accounts or snippets from various revivals or revivalists such as Howell Harris, Billy Graham, Duncan Campbell, John Wesley, George Whitefield, G. Finney, D. L. Moody, c. h. Spurgeon, John Arnot, John Kilpatrick etc and makes references to the 1859 revivals in Ireland, England and Wales, Wheaton College 1955, 1995, 1905 Welsh revival, 1858 in America, Hebrides 1949 and some of Billy Graham Campaigns in the USA and the UK.

Revival - Times Of Refreshing
Revival - Times Of Refreshing
by Selwyn Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book is great! A recommended book to buy and apply., Sept. 18 2010
Revival - Times of Refreshing by Selwyn Hughes, CWR, was first written in 1984, though in the format I have it (8x5 inch paperback) was published in 1990. The book is great! The book is only 95 pages with around one inch margins spaces, so very generous. In many respects the books font and print style reminds me of a Victorian book, and I like it! The title is taken from Acts 3:19.

As I have said, the book is great; it's precise, very relevant and extremely informative. Many books are padded out, but this is not one of them and gets straight to the point in 10 easy flowing chapters, followed by a concluding chapter and a selective bibliography on revival for further study.

The author was greatly influenced by stories of the Welsh Revival 1904/05 (the story is told in his biography) and Selwyn Hughes ministry CWR (Crusade for Worldwide Revival) founded in the late 1940s set the scene for this mans life and ministry, most popularised by EDWJ daily readings. But back to the book in hand.

The author makes brief references / small quotes on various revivals in Wales, Ulster, 1859 Mow Cop 1800s, America 1857 (a typo error put it at 1847, pg 55), Uganda and makes some references to different revivalists, Christmas Evans, David Morgan, Evan Roberts, David Davies when the author delves into history. For lots of revival accounts see: Global Revival - Worldwide Outpourings, Forty-Three Visitations of the Holy Spirit

The book is biblically sound and historically accurate with easy to understand facts and conclusions, with many pointers along the way which have been honed during many decades of ministry. Chapter 10 has A Personal Checklist - things which we have to honestly answer (and deal with), if we desire to see revival.

From Refreshing to Revival
From Refreshing to Revival
by Dave Holden
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy, enjoyable and informative, Sept. 13 2010
From Refreshing to Revival by Terry Virgo, David Holden and John Hosier, 1995, published by Kingsway is an easy, enjoyable and informative read. I initially thought that it may be an odd book to read because of its three authors, the problems with continuity and style, though my concerns were quickly unfounded, even when the beginning of one of the chapters did seem out of quite out place, though quickly the chapter was redeemed! Besides that, the book flowed well and reminded me of Understanding Revival and Addressing the Issues It Provokes So That We Can Intelligently Cooperate with the Holy Spirit During Times of Revivals as different issues are addressed in relation to renewal and revival though Understanding Revival is more comprehensive in this area

The book is split into 8 chapters (pus intro.) with each author having a minimum of two chapters each. As two of the author are in Christian ministry, relating to churches or overseers of churches, and the other being a lead elder; you get the feel of pastoral writing - writing from experiences with a good number of personal stories and some illustrations from life with one of the authors quoting from past revivals and revivalists in rapid succession.

You won't be disappointed in this book which was written based on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the renewal of churches of 1994 - via the Toronto Blessing and how churches that have been blessed in renewal (and all that entails) can push in to see revival based on 2 Chron. 7:14 `If My people...' How we should respond and what we can do, humbling ourselves, seeking God etc.

In many respects, this book is primarily written for leaders as it addresses many issues which directly relate to those within leadership (handling times of ministry, allowing God to do what He wants to do, when to step in or hold back, how to address certain issues, how to lead etc.), but the sound, biblical advice concerns all of those who are part of the body of Christ and therefore would benefit any believer.

Griffith John: The Story of Fifty Years in China
Griffith John: The Story of Fifty Years in China
by Ralph Wardlaw Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Welsh Missionary in China for 50 years!, Sept. 11 2010
Griffith John - The Story of Fifty Years in China, by R. Wardlaw Thompson, The Religious Tract Society, 1906, 1908 (popular edition revised - harback orginal) is an interesting book on the life of Welshman, Griffith John who was born in Swansea in 1831 and went to China in 1855 alongside his wife.

The book is semi-Chronological, though there is much jumping forward and back through the timeline of this pioneering missionary of the LMS who spent 50 years of labour in Central China. He was a prolific writer, bookmaker (author) and translator.

3.5 rating as I found the early chapters quite dull in too many places. The latter chapters are far more interesting than the former ones, perhaps the author was fully warmed up in his literacy skills! Though as another book on the life of Griffith John had already been written (some of which is quoted within this book) the author had to do his book differently.

This 1908 red hardback popular edition has 543 pages, split into 20 chapters and includes two maps, a black and white fold out of the Central provinces where John worked in Hankow and later Hupeh and a colour map of South China, with many of the provinces shown.

The book is an interesting insight into the life of missions in China and cover Chinese history of mission expansion with relation the various treaties of: 1842, 1858, 1860, Imperial Edict of 1891 etc with various countries and how this effected and affected missionaries across China. The book also mentions the various persecutions (or oppositions to foreigners - devils, white devils and foreign devils), pre-Boxer, agitations of the 1890s, Taipang Rebellion 1850s-60s and the Boxer uprising of 1900.

The book has some interesting facts, pioneering exploits as John's left the Treaty Port of Shanghai in the 1850s in search of new fields of labour - the receptions he got, native workers, churches built, finances, pleas for more labourers etc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, informative, educational and inspirational, Sept. 3 2010
William Carey - D.D., Fellow of Linnaean Society by S. Pearce Carey, 1923, Hodder and Stoughton is the third book I have read about William Carey - The Father of Modern Missions and is certainly the most comprehensive I have read to-date. A personal portrait of the life and labours of William Carey and those associated with him and his life and ministry.

The author was a relative of William Carey, probably a grandson, but this is not made clear within this book, and thus he had access to may private and personal letters from around the world. Also the author spent two years in India and visited every place in which William Carey ever went to and spoke to people who knew him, and other members of the Serampore Mission in India, 15 miles from Calcutta - now Kalcotta.

The book is divided into two sections - William Carey's life in England and that of his life in India and has around 60 illustration and black and white photos in this 428-page hardback book. There is a good index in the back, though you will not find William Carey in it! Also in the back is a glossary of words, a summary table of languages and the year of the completed translations - 34 or so.

The book is very good and goes into much detail, especially with those whose lives were intimately connected with Carey in the founding of the first mission society to the heathen in 1792. Many of Carey relatives are also included in the work and it is surprising how many of them went out to India to trade or to become missionaries themselves.

The book covers most aspects of Carey life, his 7 years as an Indigo manager, including the trial that he had, his three wives (widowed twice), his children and some of their works, as missionaries or diplomats (Felix in Burma). The book covers the problems with the East India Company and their opposition to missionaries (at home and abroad) and how those in England fought for the right to proclaim the Good News to the heathen, the debates in parliament and the House of Lords - especially under William Wilberforce.

The book does not shy away from the problems of the Home Committee, after several decades from the Baptist Missionary Society's founding when they tried to control the Serampore Trio of Carey, Marshman and Ward, and those who accused them of building their own kingdom. Nor does the book shun to declare the breakaway group of Junior Missionaries (as opposed to the Senior Missionaries of Carey etc.) who had only been on the mission field for 3 years, yet thought they knew better than those who had been their for nearly 30 years! Though they were later reconciled. The book also covers his botany and social work for the relief of the people of India, abolition of suti, prison and asylum reforms and aid to lepers as well as Carey employ as tutor and then professor as Fort William Government College and the Calcutta bank crashes of the early 1830s when millions (£) was lost and banks, one after another folded and collapsed.

All-in-all the book is very good, informative, educational and inspirational in which many life lessons can be learnt. I would also suggest that it is a good book for those in Christian ministry, especially with those who have people under them - notably a mission related ministry, as some of the mishaps (in relation to usurping of authority and opposition), read similar to events under Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission.

For modern missions - How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission

Very Good, informative, educational and inspirational

August Rush (Bilingual)
August Rush (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Freddie Highmore
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mix of Annie and Oliver with a modern musical edge!, Sept. 3 2010
This review is from: August Rush (Bilingual) (DVD)
August Rush - I picked up this DVD and began to watch it without reading the back cover. I was not disappointed. It was a great film, with superb music and very cleverly edited, with the film looking forward and back, intermixing with the present interspersed with clever sound effects, as it filters in and out.

The film was a mix of Annie and Oliver with a modern musical edge. It was unusual to see Robin Williams with ginger hair as the modern Fagan who befriends August Rush - a music prodigy who ran away from his orphanage, believing that he can hear music in everything and that he must follow it to find his parents.

William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Father and Founder of Modern Missions
William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Father and Founder of Modern Missions
by John Brown Myers
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book on the Father of Modern Missions, Aug. 30 2010
William Carey - The Shoemaker who Became `The Father and Founder of Modern Missions' by John Brown Myers, (1887), is a book that I read many years ago, and have just re-read it. The story is a fresh and as vivid as ever, through the pen of John Myers.

The orginal 1887 hardback book is 160 pages long with 32 pages of other books by S. W. Partridge & Co.! The paper is thick card with around two dozens illustrations, some of which are full page, though most of which are quite small, like those at the start of a chapter, above the title heading.

The book is chronological in its first set of chapters, though lacks many dates in the events mentioned. This is a real down side. The last 5 or 6 chapters are spaced into categories such as Carey the Translator, as a Philanthropist, as a Naturalist etc. and so can span 20 or 30 years, though Carey involved in or categorise under such headings is helpful to give us the view of his life in those areas.

The book covers Carey's life very well, his childhood, what he read, who inspired him, some of his relatives, his jobs, ministry, questions, replies, the founding of the Baptist Missionary Society, his sailing to India, his jobs, his mission work, language study, Bible translation, problems with his wife, being widowed x 2 and his 3 wives (one at a time)!

Good Book on the Father of Modern Missions

Jesus Lover of My Soul
Jesus Lover of My Soul
by Charles Wesley
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The orginal edition is A gem of a book - revolving around a superb Christian Hymn., Aug. 21 2010
This review is from: Jesus Lover of My Soul (Paperback)
Jesus Lover of My Soul by Charles Wesley (H. L. L.), 1880 is a small red hardback with beautiful gold font and engravings with gilt edges on thick card pages of which there is 46 unnumbered pages. THE BOOK FOR SALE HERE IS A MODERN FACSIMILE REPRINT. The book includes 16 wonderful illustrations; all edged in gold font border and includes 8 stanzas of `Jesus, Lover of My Soul' - the famous hymn of Charles Wesley which found its way into all 61 of his hymn books!

The book begins with an introductory sketch of the life of Charles Wesley who died in 1788 into just 3 pages - the font is very small. It is written by H.L.L (whoever that may be) and because it is so condensed only put the bare essentials in.

Then follows the 8 stanzas of `Jesus, Lover of My Soul' with accompanying music by Theodora and then begins the illustration each of which has a line or two of the immortal hymn of which the book is titled. The illustration are by Clark Stanton and other artists, some depict biblical scenes (Jesus with the woman at the well), whilst some are of nature or scenes from heaven (angels) and a scenes of Jesus holding a Lamb - depicting the Millennium.

The book is so small and can be read in less than 30 minutes, yet it is a great gem of a book a mastery of Victorian bookbinding based on a classic hymn from the 18th century which was penned in 1740.

The orginal edition is A gem of a book - revolving around a superb Christian Hymn.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good apocalyptic movie., Aug. 21 2010
The Day the Earth Stood Still, featuring Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, an alien from another world in many aspects reminded me of The Matrix - especially with a number of cinematic shots. It begins in 1928, when a mountain climber comes across a globe in the midst of a snow storm and touches it. Then jump to the present and a large pod lands in Manhattan (of all the places of the globe!)

The movie was good, nice, pieces of animation, and like most U.S. movies, only the U.S. can save the world! But in fact that job was left to Klaatu whose final job is to see if humans can live as they are destroying their planet.

Klaata is captured by the authorities and all these scientist need to figure out what to do before the alien is interrogated and then dissected (the poor ambassador of peace). Klaata mind is made up, humans must be destroyed as they are destroying themselves and the planet, but a scientist, helps him in his conquest. Aliens pods, begin to remove animal and reptile life and them disappear into the heavens and a scientist sets out to dissuade him, that we are not all bad. The earth begins to be destroyed and finally, Klaata decides he will help and after all the destruction - the earth stood still.

Good apocalyptic movie.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium [Blu-ray]
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Blu-Ray
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Family Movie, Aug. 21 2010
Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium - where Toys come to life! I began to watch this DVD with great scepticism and little hope that it would be enjoyable, bar to children but was pleasantly surprised from the outset - well apart from the long drawn-out animated title sequence!

The story line went well, and Dustin Hoffman roll as Mr Magorium was played well. In some respects, the acting reminded me of Dustin in Rain Man. The animation was clever and the small cast worked well together.

An Enjoyable Family Movie

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