If you want more of God in your life, there is a few books that I consider what I call revival books that I believe any hungry follower of Jesus should read. Sorry, my own Pentecost at any cost is not on the list.
I have dozens and dozens of books about revival. I live and breathe for it. I could include about anything that is messages by Smith Wigglesworth and John G. Lake. Another book that would be hard to not mention would be the Azusa Street Papers. All of these are go to manuals as well. I just can’t put them in the top three.
The best of revival books: Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill
Any list that does not start with Leonard Ravenill about revival would be a little amiss. I consider Why Revival Tarries the go to book for any student of revival. I remember as a young evangelist, I would read a chapter of this book daily. It was not the scriptures but it was pretty close to it.
Steve Hill was a student of Leonard’s before the Brownsville Revival broke out in Pensacola. One of the last words that Ravenhill gave Steve was simple, “Seize the opportunity of a lifetime within the lifetime of the opportunity.” What a powerful word that led the vision of the Brownsville Revival.
The Revival We need is another old school book
In your list of revival books, there should be The Revival We need by J. Owsald Smith. The pastor of People’s Church in Toronto for many years wrote this as his life message and it is something that I believe every bible student should read at least once.
The whole book is here for free. I highly encourage anyone with the time to read it.
Evangelism by fire
The final book in this list is a modern book by someone that is preaching today. It is Evangelism by fire by Reinhard Bonnke. It is the keys that has led to the greatest harvest of history in Africa. It is one of those books that I always turn back to often.
The core message of the Baptism by fire in this book is something that is critical in this generation and few are taking time to focus on. I believe the days of Reinhard Bonnke are limited (he is in his 70’s) so any chance to receive his messages is very important to the next generation of evangelists and revivalists.
What books do you read on revival?
I realize people think of revival differently than I do. What books would you recommend and tell a young student to read? I would to see how your top three would be different.
One book that did not make the list but I would suggest is Quest for Souls by Mike Francen. It was a book that changed my whole missiology. I still pick it up from time to time. The last book that I should throw out there is Is that really you, God? by Loren Cunningham.