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The Autobiography of Charles G. Finney: The Life Story of America's Greatest Evangelist--In His Own Words

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Many Christians today may be unaware of the tremendous impact that Charles G. Finney had on the spiritual landscape of the United States. His years of revival work yielded valuable insights on the work of the Holy Spirit and timeless principles that many still find vital for advancing the kingdom of God. A truly fascinating record of a uniquely gifted and godly man, this a ...more
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Published May 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1876)
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Steve Hemmeke
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
"God never laid it upon thee to convert those he sends thee to. No; to publish the gospel is thy duty."
William Gurnall (1616-1679) in Puritan Theology, pg 970

Finney contradicts this at every point of his ministry, and by his own account.

Finney was against hyper-Calvinism, that only God can regenerate the heart. (This was and is standard Calvinism, not an aberrant hyper-version of Calvin.) WE should decide to obey Christ, and that will change heart. We can make a new heart for ourselves, since we
Drew Martin
May 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this mainly for the purpose of pleasing a friend and gathering discernment. There was much to cringe at and yet also much to apply. It's easy to lump people into categories but this was a challenge in my discernment between truth and lie. Finney's impact on the Church has been substantial making the read worth my time.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found that many of the stereotypes concerning Finney are unwarranted. I found this abridged version to be a delightful testimony of a man greatly used by God. We do not have to agree with someone to learn from them. Many souls were brought into the Kingdom through Finney's obedience. This is that story.
Dianne Oliver
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
good explanation for not believing what I do not believe.
Oct 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
He was a soul winner.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of all the wondrous ways in which God moved in this account, what emerges foremost is that He longs to do it again, and even more so for our lost and wayward generation.

That the fear of God would fall on people and cause such deep repentance… that entire cities and regions would be swept with revival...that the anointing was so strong Finney could walk into a Rochester factory and see people repent at their machines...all this should inspire the church today to contend for the same outpouring an
Don Bryant
In my branch of Evangelicalism, Charles Finney comes close to being the devil. He is clearly semi-Pelagian. His conviction was that man was not so totally fallen that he had lost the ability to be recognize and choose the good. This spilled out into his views on the atonement. But I need to hear Finney speak for himself. He did consider himself an Edwardsean. And it is true that Edwards did have a more optimistic anthropology that allowed for a conversionism apart from the usual means of grace, ...more
Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
i have to give this book 5 stars because it runs on a "re-read" rotation. i am not sure how many times i have read the book - but i enjoy it each time and see it with both new eyes and the welcoming eyes of a familiar friend.

finney is the source (at least the greatest source) of the govermental theory of the atonement - pure trouble and bad theology through and through. yet, that has never detracted from my enjoyment and learning experienced in reading this auto-biography.

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Katy Schmitz
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Charles Finney is a rough writer. His language is unpolished and often plain old uneducated. I am reading this book on the heels of reading the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin who was very driven and self-educated. Franklin was also very arrogant and thought very well of himself, often blind to his own immorality. Finney remained uneducated intentionally. He did not want to be learned, polished, or suave. He wanted to obey the voice of his creator at all costs. So, the beauty of his story is ...more
Annie Kate
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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The evangelist must produce excitements sufficient to induce people to repentance.

Thus wrote the controversial Charles G. Finney, one of the most influential men in American church history. He is credited with developing a new method for evangelism and with over half a million ‘decisions for Christ’. On the other hand, some point out that the region he worked in has become a ‘spiritual wasteland’ and suggest that is because of the emotionalism and theology of his approach.

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Charles Grandison Finney was a leader in the Second Great Awakening. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. Finney was best known as an innovative revivalist, an opponent of Old School Presbyterian theology, an advocate of Christian perfectionism, a pioneer in social reforms in favor of women and blacks, a religious writer, and president at Oberlin College.

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“Great sermons lead the people to praise the preacher. Good preaching leads the people to praise the Savior.” 6 likes
“I returned to the front office, and found that the fire that I had made of large wood was nearly burned out. But as I turned and was about to take a seat by the fire, I received a mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost. Without any expectation of it, without ever having the thought in my mind that there was any such thing for me, without any recollection that I had ever heard the thing mentioned by any person in the world, the Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity, going through and through me. Indeed it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love, for I could not express it in any other way. It seemed like the very breath of God. I can recollect distinctly that it seemed to fan me, like immense wings.” 4 likes
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