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Baker Academic Surprising Work of God, The: Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelicalism - eBook

There is burgeoning interest in the story of mid-twentieth-century evangelicalism, as evidenced by an increasing number of significant studies of that era in church history. The Surprising Work of God builds on these studies and tells the story of how America's mid-twentieth century spiritual awakening became a worldwide Christian movement. This seminal study brings a unique perspective to the history, personalities, and institutions of that period and offers an intimate look at evangelicalism through the window of the life, ministry, and writings of Harold John Ockenga and his long friendship with Billy Graham. Ockenga was pastor of the historic Park Street Congregational Church in Boston and cofounder of Fuller Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Christianity Today. As such, he was a central figure in the birth and development of American neo-evangelicalism. The Surprising Work of God is sure to become essential reading for courses in American church history.
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This review is fromThe Surprising Work of God: Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelicalism.
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Date:December 17, 2010
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This book helped me for report on Billy Graham. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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If more history was recounted with the story-telling abilities and love of subject matter displayed by Dr. Garth M. Rosell in his The Surprising Work of God fewer students would find history classes mundane. It tells the story of American Evangelicalism in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. It is a compelling, personal, and erudite history of the birth of the modern Evangelical movement in the United States.Tracing its roots to Jonathan Edwards and the First Great Awakening, Rosell offers a five-point schema of what defines evangelicals that serves as a structural device for the rest of the work. "United by a shared theological focus (the cross), a shared authority (the Bible), a shared experience (conversion), a shared mission (worldwide evangelization), and a shared vision (the spiritual renewal of the church and society), the burgeoning evangelical movement set out to recapture the culture for Christ." (13) The book gives much attention to Harold John Ockenga, a pivotal individual in the awakening that swept through America and the world in the 1950s.Besides the story of Ockenga the book covers some of the major events of Billy Graham and other major players in the revival of the 1950s. It recounts the creation of Christianity Today magazine, the founding of Fuller Theological Seminary, worldwide meetings of evangelicals, some of the works of Carl Henry, and other topics. The book's greatest strength is the story of Ockenga told via extensive knowledge of primary documents. But one gets the sense that the power behind the story has more to do with Rosell's unique position than just with his superb academic skills. As the son of Merv Rosell, an evangelist during the era, and a close personal friend of Ockenga, Rosell is able to combine academic skill with personal affection for the individuals whose stories are unfolded within to tell a remarkable story with literary skill.
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