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Why Revival Tarries: A Classic on Revival

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Leonard Ravenhill's call to revival is as timely now as it was when rst published over forty years ago. The message is fearless and often radical as he expounds on the disparity between the New Testament church and the church today. Why Revival Tarries contains the heart of his message. A.W. Tozer called Ravenhill "a man sent from God" who "appeared at [a] critical moment ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1959)
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I would probably give this more of a 4.5, but that isn't an option on Goodreads. This book wasn't what I expected simply due to the fact of who recommended it to me. I have been quite frustrated with organized religion based on the lack of passion that I see in the pews and the fact that so much seems fake. I want a more authentic experience where I'm not simply confined to being a passive bystander in many areas. I believe in the priesthood of all believers, and I'm not very good about being "o ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
You gotta love Ravenhill's intensity but it is almost exhausting. Reminds me of the drill Sargent gym teacher that was never satisfied with how hard you worked out, even though you were puking. And if it's any consultation, I was a hardcore athlete growing up. So thats the way I picture the comparison but in a spiritual sense.

But truthfully, generally speaking, I feel we are pretty wimpy in our prayer lives. We all could use a kick in the butt to pursue God "harder" or enjoy His presence longer
Feb 02, 2008 rated it liked it
What can I say about Ravenhill? The man is intense! Every page of this book is a hard core challenge to comfortable Christians. He puts his finger on some of the biggest issues of the church, and then presses down hard. Do Christians really care about doing God's work? Are they actually concerned for the lost? Are they willing to do the work of prayer, suffering, and dying to themselves to see revival? As a Christian leader I feel well reprimanded for my lack of prayer, earnestness, and commitme ...more
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Leonard Ravenill really hits hard with this book and it's so powerful. He brings a much needed word to the people of God about what it means to really pray and to live for Jesus with a fervor that today's church seems to be missing. Deeply challenging but also encouraging to know that God does show up when His people look to Him. I'd reccommend this to anyone who wants to be challenged to grow with Jesus in prayer.
Abraham Mathew
Nov 11, 2016 marked it as to-read
Nathan Farley
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This man is convinced of what he writes, that's for sure. He is very serious about prayer and hates that so many people neglect it. The reason I gave this book three stars is because once you've read the first three chapters, you've read the whole book. Don't get me wrong! Those three chapters have great opportunity to change your prayer life. They did mine. However, as a whole, the book could have been condensed quite a lot.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even if there are some things you disagree with in this book, time reading it is well spent. It is a book that puts fire in your bones, inspires you, and forces you to make a choice: renew your commitment to the Lord or stagnate where you are. Any book that does that is worth reading!
Jay Miklovic
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
This classic book on revival was one that I truly enjoyed and was stirred by the first time I read it. Yet now in my second reading it leaves me scratching my head.

This book has so many great one liners, and Ravenhill's style was fantastic, there is something almost poetic about each of the essays in this book. I enjoyed his word play.

The down side of this book is that it leaves God's hands utterly tied. God is waiting on you to pray, you to preach, you to weep... everything in Ravenhill's theol
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
There was a time in my life when I felt personally responsible for bringing about a spiritual revival in the US. I was convinced that if I just managed my time well enough, and had enough intensity in my prayer-life, and agonized enough for the lost and blah blah blah, that revival would visit the US. I wore myself out, and gave up. Ironically, I look upon those years of my life as my "wilderness" years. Perhaps these present years are the years when I have relied on the Holy Spirit to convict m ...more
Michael Vincent
Ravenhill's passion comes through in this plea for prayer and revival. He uses much Scripture throughout. A mighty call to prayer for God's people. I would have liked to hear more of his own prayer life and the fruit he has seen.
Willie Pate
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know a book is good when it quickens you to prayer. I literally threw this book across the room and got on my face in conviction and a desire to meet the God Ravenhill talks about.
Manuell La
the most dramatic book on revival ever
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A hard hitting book from the start. Although it got a bit too much as it went along I still came away deeply affected by this book.

I loved Ravenhill's emphasis on preaching with unction. Unction is something not learned but something gained from time with the Lord. His call to prayer was important. That is the key to it all. He says that any pastor who doesn't spend 2 hours in prayer a day is not worth much. As a teacher in a Bible college this is a needed message to all who are going into mini
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Years ago I read this book and was stirred, yet some 30 years later I must confess that I am even more deeply moved by this second reading.

Ravenhill has always been viewed as a prophetic voice and the pages of this book confirm this description. He writing is passionate, unconcerned about the audience's comfort and totally fixed on lifting up Jesus (not his own ministry). This is what makes the book so prescient to me at this juncture in life. I'm no longer enamored with achievement; I want auth
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is no doubt why this is considered a classic. Ravenhill pulls no punches when he attacks our cultural Christianity and challenges everyone to go deeper. I chose to read this because of a quote that is found inside, and there are literally hundreds like it:

“One of these days some simple soul will pick up the book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.”
― Leonard Ravenhill
Tim Genry
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are confident of God’s grace and want to grow ... READ THIS BOOK!!! Ravenhill is hard to read because he can make you feel guilty if you are one who thinks you earn your salvation. If that’s you, get that taken care of first. Then you can read Ravenhill. If you know the grace and power of Jesus this book will leave you passionate about reviving your faith and the faith of others!
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is somewhat dated (references to the dangers of communism and such) and yet the message is also timeless. The call for revival is needed and Ravenhill does a superb job of not only pointing to the need for revival but also pointing out the steps to revival.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lee Nienhuis
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faithwalk, 2017
This book is a call to die to agendas, man's scheming, and self that revival may come. It is brutal and unyielding. Expect no coddling, but perhaps the revival we are longing for.
Chrys Jones
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very intense read! Ravenhill does not hold back! Though I do not agree with everything he said, it was an excellent read and very challenging for my soul. I will pray much more because of this book!
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A much needed call to the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives through prayer! The best book on revival I have ever read and it has changed me and my perspective in a way that I have needed.
Jeremy Utley
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the most stirring and convicting books I have ever read. Highly recommended.
Ben Debayle
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This will light a fire in your bones and convict you like few other books can.
Darlan Barbosa
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Por que tarda o Pleno Avivamento?(Editora Betânia, 1989, 160 páginas) do evangelista Leonard Ravenhill é um clássico sobre a oração e avivamento. Escrito originalmente em 1959 o livro continua mais atual do que nunca ao denunciar a situação decadente do cristianismo evangélico contemporâneo, sua frieza espiritual, a negligência à oração e aos valores celestiais. É um chamado ao arrependimento da Igreja, uma trombeta celestial que alerta para a necessidade de voltarmos aos padrões bíblicos de uma ...more
Tim Baumgartner
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I saw an endorsement for this book by one of my favorite writers and thinkers, Ravi Zacharias, saying, "The book that shaped me probably more dramatically than any other book that I have read...," I KNEW I had to read it. So, mission accomplished--this book certainly challenged me as well to get in my prayer closet a la Matthew 6:6. One of the main challenges of the book is that there aren't enough "Paul's" or "Jeremiah's" or "Moses'". Ravenhill wonders, "Where have all the prophets gone?" ...more
Todd Wilhelm
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"For this midnight hour, incandescent men are needed. On the day of Pentecost, the flame of the living God became the flame of the human heart to that glorious company. The Church began with these men in the "upper room" agonizing - and today is ending with men in the supper room organizing. The Church began in Revival; we are ending in ritual. We started virile; we are ending sterile. Charter members of the Church were men of heat and no degrees; today many hold degrees, but have no heat! Ah, b ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Eyebright by: Sagerats
Although this book appears to have been written for Pastors and Church leaders, it also contained a wealth of spiritual insights that anyone could benefit from. "Why Revival Tarries" emphasizes the utterly vital role of prayer in man's relationship with God. Prayer is an undervalued practice that grows, strengthens, and motivates the Believers, as well as moves and shakes the world.

The author was very fond of using a certain format of sentence to make his points, although the statements made wer
Ernie Durham
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Leonard Ravenhill's passion and plea to return to prayer is on every page. He is compassionately persistent in his desire to see us be the Church God has called us to be! Very indepth and introspective, Ravenhill challenges the reader to be personally and corporately pure and relationally active. His reflection on the disparity between the New Testament Church and the modern day church leave no stone unturned and bring caring yet convicting admonitions for the reader. I not only grew spiritually ...more
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly powerful, soul-stirring call to a deeper walk in the Spirit. Undoubtedly one of the most impacting books I've ever read. Anyone who dares to read this book should brace themselves to be challenged spiritually, and ministers who dare to read this should be prepared to be challenged to go beyond the realm of ego, pomp, and blustering mediocrity that permeates the religious world today. I—and other readers of this great book—should probably commit to reading it every two or three year ...more
Gary B
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Leonard Ravenhill's writing is extraordinary. Many, many paragraphs contain indictments of current church life and practice, as well as challenges to the individual believer.

Parts of the book drag a little (from around the middle of the book until the last quarter or so), but it pays to get beyond that. In some ways Ravenhill doesn't spell out the way ahead so much as to describe the final destination and leaving it up to believers in conjunction with the Spirit to find the way there. It's not a
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