In Azusa Street Mission and Revival, Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. brings to bear expertise from decades of focused study in church history to reveal the captivating story of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Los Angeles, which became known as the Azusa Street Mission.
From humble beginnings with few resources, this small uniquely diverse and inclusive congregation led by William J. Seymour ignited a fire that quickly grew into a blaze and spread across the world giving rise to the global Pentecostal movement.
Sifting through newspaper reports and other written accounts of the time as well as the mission’s own publications, and through personal interaction with some of those blessed to stand very near to the fire that began at the mission, Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. relates not only the historical significance of the revival but also captures the movement of the Holy Spirit that changed the face of modern Christianity.
- Well-written book; audio rendition has issues
The book itself is interesting and well-written. This audio version, however, has a number of issues. It seems quality control wasn't as strong as it could have been. There are a number of mispronounced words that a careful double-check should have caught. Most prominent and startling is a word that appears in the title: Azusa. The narrator pronounces it correctly for the first few chapters. But then he slips, quite oddly, into dropping the s, saying uh-ZOO-uh instead of uh-ZOO-sa. This isn't an isolated instance; it occurs consistently for probably two hours of audio before the narrator begins saying uh-ZOO-sa again. Since this proper noun is so important to the book that it's in the title, it's a particularly odd and remarkable error.