Premier Pentecostal historian Vinson Synan shares for the first
time his engaging personal assessment of and involvement in the
extraordinary events of the last 100 years that gave birth to the
charismatic and Pentecostal movements. Because of his unique
position and participation in most of these events, Synan offers a
rare and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the phenomenal
events that took place when the Holy Spirit fell at Azusa Street;
the subsequent formation of the Pentecostal denominations; the
surprising birth of the charismatic renewal; the emergence of
charismatic Catholicism; the Toronto Blessing; and beyond.
Because Synan is so widely respected across denominational lines for his scholarship and balance, his candid eyewitness memoir will rivet all who walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, as well as professors, students, and curious onlookers. A once-in-a-lifetime perspective!
Vinson Synan, dean emeritus and distinguished professor of church history at Regent University, received his PhD in American history from the University of Georgia. He founded and pastored four churches and has held various denominational offices. In 1970, Synan co-founded the Society for Pentecostal Studies, which has given institutional shape to Pentecostal research. He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles and essays and many books. He and his wife, Carol, live in Chesapeake, Virginia.