Rhythms of Revival emphasises that 'there are times in the story of the church that are notable' and invites us to consider the abiding lessons of one significant period of revival, in the mid-nineteenth century. This book does not offer a formula for revival, and there is a critique of undue concentration on the phenomena of revival. Ian Randall's distinct focus is the major dynamics of a single-period, international revival movement. The author draws on rich historical resources and offers some unique insights into revival rhythms - the place of prayer, the role of pastors, the empowering of lay people, the impact on young people and children, the revitalizing of worship and the relationship of revival to social change.
Ian M. Randall (Ph.D.,University of Wales) was appointed as Director of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, in 1999 and has continued to serve IBTS, from 2002 onwards as Senior Research Fellow. He has supervised and currently supervises a number of PhD students. He has published many articles and a number of books, of which the most significant recent books are Evangelical Experiences (Paternoster, 1999), The English Baptists of the Twentieth Century (Baptist Historical Society, 2005), A School of the Prophets: 150 Years of Spurgeons College (Spurgeons College, 2005) and What a Friend we have in Jesus (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005). He is currently working on a volume on the history of Operation Mobilisation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. - Editorial Review.