Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The East African Revival: History and Legacies

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

The East African Revival: History and Legacies

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The East African Revival: History and Legacies.

Edited by Kevin Ward and Emma Wild-Wood. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2012. Pp. xiii, 235. $99.95.

This book, a collection of sixteen papers on the East African Revival, originated from a conference that marked the placement of the papers of Joe Church, a founding father of the East African Revival, in the archives of the Henry Martyn Centre, Cambridge. Overall, the book is a study of how the East African Revival has revitalized African Christianity, showing that the revival has made a positive mark on the people in the region of East Africa and that it offers valuable lessons for the wider church.

The contributors are well informed on the topic, through either research or extended direct participation. The papers fall into two sections. The first one outlines the historical origins of the East African Revival; the second offers testimonies and personal perspectives on the revival in the context of African Christianity as a whole.

Most of the contributors, whether Africans or non-Africans, come from outside the communities affected by the revival. Understandably, the chapters differ widely in approach and scope. …

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