"If we are content to live without revival, we will." Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994)
I have always loved reading about revivals. One of the best gifts I ever received was when Sarah tracked down a copy of Charles Finney's Revival Lectures. I would love to see a revival breakout nationwide, as it has in various places around the world over the years.
So when I came across OneCry: A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening, I was more than a little intrigued. The authors, Byron Paulus and Bill Elliff, are calling people to unite in Biblical repentance and fervent prayer for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
This book is a call for revival for the next generation. Each chapter ends with a QR code so that you can watch videos that support the topic being discussed. The website, http://www.onecry.com/ is filled with resources, including revival tweets you can send out over social media. The authors have put a new-fashioned spin on an old-fashioned call to revival.
The passion that Paulus and Elliff have to see revival spread across the nation comes across on every page. OneCry is filled with interesting stories, applicable Scriptures and a true challenge to the reader to pray for revival. The book would probably work best if done as part of a group study. The discussion questions and prayer portions of the book are ideal for spurring your church onward towards revival.
I thought the book was very well written. Any reader who came away from reading it without having their hearts stirred toward revival should check their spiritual pulse. Where the book does not work, in my opinion, is that it is to limited in it's call for revival. The authors provide statistics on the state of decay in the US and make frequent references to seeing revival break out in America. Many of the discussion questions also are specific to the United States. Living in Canada, I felt the book fails to connect with an international audience.
If you can get past that and you desire to see revival break out in your lifetime, then this is the book for you.