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All Things Are Possible: The Healing and Charismatic Revivals in Modern America [Paperback]

By David Edwin Harrell (Author)
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..". a book about healing revivalists that takes them seriously and treats them fairly." --Journal of Southern History

..". will be a definitive work for some years to come." --Reviews in American History

"Harrell has obviously attended countless rallies, read sheafs of literature, and personally interviewed many of the principals. He... tell s] the story in a largely biographical format. This makes for lively reading." --Harvey G. Cox, New York Times Book Review

..". will attract readers interested in the reasons behind the various fat and lean periods among revivalists." --Publishers Weekly

"All Things Are Possible is the first book to tell the story of the enterprisers who have personal followings. The narrative is full of surprises: of seriousness and scandal strangely blended. Professor Harrell has done a staggering amount of research in hard to discover sources; his scholarship is impressive and he is eminently fair-minded. Here is a missing link in the chain of American religious movements." --Martin E. Marty, The University of Chicago Divinity School

"Harrell's book will doubtless be the definitive work on the subject for a long while--who else will wade through Healing Waters and Miracle Magazine with such fastidious care?" --The Kirkus Reviews

This is the first objective history of the great revivals that swept the country after World War II. It tells the story of the victories and defeats of such giants of the revival as William Branham, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, T. L. Osborn, A. A. Allen. It also tells of the powerful present day evangelists who are carrying on the revival, including Robert Schambach and Morris Cerullo. The book includes pictures of Schambach, Allen, Cerullo, Branham, Roberts, Osborn, Coe and many others. Those who lived through the great revival of the 1950's and 1960's will be thrilled to read about those exciting days. Those who do not remember those days need to read this book to see what has led us up to this present moment in time.

David Edwin Harrell, Jr. is a professor of history at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has tried to write this book in an objective way, although you may not agree with all that he says. Dr. Harrell has visited Schambach revivals.

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Studio: Indiana University Press
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 22, 1979
Publisher   Indiana University Press
ISBN  0253202213  
ISBN13  9780253202215  

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Meticulously researched, giving a brilliant, fair, and enlightening history  Jan 14, 2007
I read this book 10 years ago and found it be a gem. Having my own spiritual roots in "Pentecostalism," I felt that by taking direct quotes and doctrinal assumptions from the very leaders of the Healing and Charismatic Revivals, Mr. Harrell reported as objectively and concisely as any historian could. I also appreciated the aspect that one is able to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses, the upsurge and the downfall of those movements, not by the opinions of some outsider, but by simply watching the dramatic events unfold.

If you were like me, you will walk away feeling as though you lived in the era written about and that you now have a better understanding of some of the Pentecostal/Charismatic practices in our day.

This is also an important book for anyone who wants to study on the life and the death of revival, for indeed, this is exactly what Mr. Harrell shows us.
Objective Account of the Healing and Charismatic Movements  Sep 22, 2001
"All Things Are Possible" is a surprisingly objective account of the healing revival wave of the 1940-50's and the charismatic renewal movement that followed. The first part involved a homogenous group and had divine healing as its primary emphasis. The second phase had a diverse cultural mix and included a greater emphasis on a variety of spiritual gifts. David Harrell writes as a researcher or journalist who tells the story of the events and people as an outsider.

Almost all of the major personalities of the time are examined. Harrell focuses on the "two giants," William Branham and Oral Roberts. You will also learn about people like Jack Coe, A. A. Allen, Gordon Lindsay, T. L. Osborn, Kathryn Kuhlman and many others. If someone is looking for an inspiring devotional book or a glowing biography, they may be disappointed. You will read about the good, the bad, the spectacular, and the ridiculous. Many reported testimonies appear exaggerated or fabricated. Yet, when you examine the avalanche of evidence it is hard to doubt the authenticity of miraculous happenings. Many of these leaders were capable and gifted individuals, yet the book clearly testifies to the fact that God uses "earthen vessels" and "the foolish things to confound the wise."

For Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians of the era it will bring back memories. Modern day members of the movement can learn valuable lessons, be warned about excesses and abuses, but also be stirred in their faith. The curious outsider can gain knowledge about a fascinating slice of American history. The 304-page book includes a section of photographs, a helpful index, an extensive bibliography, and reference notes. David Harrell has a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and is currently a professor of religion at Auburn University.

Very negative writing approach - does not edify your spirit  Apr 6, 2001
In a nut-shell: The Lord builds-up and edifies, this book doesn't.

I had seen the title of this book and thought "Wow, this is going to be excellent!". Having read just about every book written on the life of Smith Wigglesworth, books on George Mueller, Kathryn Kuhlman, Hudson Taylor, Mel Tari's 'Like a Mighty Wind' on the Indonesian Revial, 'Is that Really you God?' - by Loren Cunningham .. the brother that started YWAM, books on Samuel Morris, books on & by Charles Finney, etc.,etc., I eagerly began to read ...

But I don't think I was 30 pages into the book before I was completely saddened & grieved in my spirit. Prior to the 1/2 way point thru this book, I had to lay it down - and discard it. Simply, each time this brother would start out telling about xyz revivalist, he would start on the right track. But it seemed that without fail, it wasn't long before you were reading the 'dirt' - and not in short fashion, but in step-by-step detail. More discrediting than the dirt itself, was a non-redemptive way in which the dirt was presented.

It is before God, the most oppressive, dissapointing Christian book I have ever read.

Excellent Account of Contemporary Christianity  Jul 23, 2000
Dr. Harrell's book is a thorough account of the healing and charismatic revival in America. Without a doubt, these things "were not done in a corner," and Dr. Harrell gives an honest and objective portrayal about a movement that is perhaps the least understood, and the least written about.

He traces the beginning of the revival back to 1947 to the movement of God in the ministry of an obscure evangelist from Jeffersonville, Indiana named William Branham. One of the "two giants" of the healing revival (the other being Oral Roberts), Rev. Branham's ministry circled the globe 7 times bringing a message of deliverance that seen countless thousands of healings, and has been cited as the inspiration behind the ministies of Oral Roberts, and Tommy Osborne, to name a few.

This book should leave no doubt in anyone's mind that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)


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