God has always been interested in turning unlikely people into his most fervent followers. Prostitutes and pagans, tax collectors and tricksters. The more unlikely, the more it seemed to please God and to demonstrate his power, might, and mercy. America in the 1960s and 1970s was full of unlikely people--men and women who had rejected the stuffy religion of their parents' generation, who didn't follow the rules, didn't fit in. The perfect setting for the greatest spiritual awakening of the 20th century.
With passion and purpose, Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn tell the amazing true story of the Jesus Movement, an extraordinary time of mass revival, renewal, and reconciliation. Setting fascinating personal stories within the context of one of the most tumultuous times in modern history, the authors draw important parallels with our own time of spiritual apathy or outright hostility, offering hope for the next generation of unlikely believers--and for the next great American revival.
Those who lived through the Jesus Revolution will find here an inspiring reminder of the times and people that shaped their lives and faith. Younger readers will discover a forgotten part of recent American history and, along with it, a reason to believe that God is not finished with their generation.
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I’ve been listening to Pastor Greg’s sermons for several years. I’ve attended harvest riverside and the Orange County campus many times when visiting California. I’ve also had the privilege to go to a Harvest Crusade at angel stadium and then serve at the Harvest America here in Arizona. I’ve been blessed by Pastor Greg’s ministry so much. I’ve read a few books of his but they never connected with me as much as his preaching. I think it made a huge difference having Ellen Vaughn co-author this book with him. The book covers a lot of ground, some parts feel like a history book, other parts a biography and other parts feel like a book on spiritual growth and revival. I feel challenged after reading this to really examine where I’m at with my walk with Jesus. I’m inspired by the story to seek out my calling. It is definitely the best book I’ve read this year. Most of all, this book has inspired me to pray more than ever for a revival, a new Jesus movement. I’m 33 years old and I really enjoyed all the background information and in as much as a book could, it helped me to see what the 60s really was like. I loved this book and I highly recommended it.
The 60’s and 70’s were a time of social upheaval in America. War, racial tensions, and changing values were causing young people to turn on, tune in, and drop out. This is the story as seen by Greg Laurie of how God started a fire that blazed thought the hippie counter culture and caused them to embrace the gospel and discover a new way of living.
I discovered new things about the generation that set the then established concept of following God and what church should look and be like on it’s ear. I agree with the passages that said that spiritually, many young people are fed up with conventional church, political Christianity that’s mad at everyone, and the faith virus of affluenza, today’s version of the prosperity gospel. Some pastors today instead of teaching the gospel are using their positions to push their own political views on the flock. I found that my ongoing love for Christian music that speaks to the soul, had it’s beginnings during the revolution.
The word of God loving us so much that he sent his Son to die on the cross for us has not changed. It still has the power to redeem all because it’s the message that knows no boundaries. From the flower children to the current and future generations Gods word remains the same.
I recommend this book to all ages. It gives insight to a time in America that has many similarities to today’s problems and ongoing social issues affecting all of us. The Solution remains the same as Phil Wickham sings in his new song Revive Us Again.