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Words can't describe how excited I am to share about this book by James Choung and Ryan Pfeiffer. Not only does the hope of revival pluck continually at my heartstrings, but I am starting to believe we may be on the verge of an awakening like we have not experienced in decades. I don’t say this glibly. To that end, there couldn’t be a timelier guide than this book. I rarely review books, but I’m doing this for one and only one reason—to convince you to buy it immediately. Find out why below.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I have known Ryan Pfeiffer since the 90’s when my own college son was rocked by Jesus through his influence at UCSD. We have a long family history, and while that might make me biased, it also means I know that Ryan lives what he writes. He is the real deal—I can promise you that! While I don’t know James personally, I have seen his humble ministry, and his heart in the book will make you want to know Jesus more—is there anything better?
So many books on revival are inspiring and challenging, but they often leave us feeling pressured or inadequate. We don’t know how to get holy enough, pray enough, find the right formula or do enough spiritual calisthenics to get the results others have seen. This book will NOT make you feel that way. Ryan and James share truth through the lens of their personal struggles and breakthroughs, and not once will you feel anything but hopeful as you read their stories.
Revivals should create a new normal. They weren't given so that we could go back to the way things were. They were given so that our faith can have capacity for more, to hope for more, to seek more of God's kingdom. (Longing for Revival, p. 25)
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Tricia McCary Rhodes
Author of 7 books and a professor for Fuller Theological Seminary, Tricia specializes in helping others experience God’s presence through practicing soul-care.