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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: AUTHENTIC (8 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850787662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850787662
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,748,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. G. S. Hawksley on 4 Sept. 2008
For those wanting a comprehensive overview of the last fifty years of the work of Operation Mobilisation (OM) this is a superb account, not least because Ian Randall tells such a massive and complicated story in just over two hundred pages and still manages to mention many more people by name than just the leaders; ensures no tragedy or triumph is overlooked; and keeps the whole account in its social and mission context. Such is the author's attention to the nitty gritty details of history (dates, places, names) that his book will be referred to for many years for those wanting to check out the main facts of OM's history.

There is also some wonderful humour included, such as when the young Greg Livingstone turns up for a prayer meeting and is greeted by George Verwer demanding to know which country he was claiming for Christ. Greg asked, `What's left?' Verwer replied, `Libya - you've got Libya.' However, as the book goes on these anecdotes become rarer, and, sometimes the text feels like a report. So we come across sentences like, `A team of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and general labourers worked at Agape Orphanage constructing much-needed buildings'. And our eyes begin to overdose on yet another paragraph telling us how many thousands visited one of the ships and how many millions of pieces of literature were distributed. But that is sometimes the nature of history and it is these statistics that ultimately make the final pages so moving as one is reminded of all that God has done through what started as a very small band of committed young people.

In a few year's time the dream read would be this excellent overview along side George Verwer's autobiography. For as well as being one of the most passionate preachers of our generation, Verwer is also one of the funniest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AKevangel on 8 Sept. 2008
This book tells of the 50 year history of Operation Mobilization or O.M.as it is better known. It will show the reader what great things God can do through a man (George Verwer), despite all his weaknesses and mistakes, but who nevertheless is dedicated to God, empowered by the Holy Spirit and has a vision to win the world for Christ.It is not however just a book about George Verwer, but about the thousands and thousands of young people who took up the challenge to become radical servants of God.This book is a good read.It is fast moving, passionate and stirs the soul to serve God better, longer, with greater humility and more dependence on God.
Ajith Fernando writes of it:
'An inspiring account of one of the most significant movements of recent times. Fortunately the careful scholarship behind the book does not mask the passion that lies behind the daring discipleship and radical zeal for mission that characterises Operation Mobilization.'

Read it,buy other and give them away.
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I doubt if there are many Christians who have not heard of OM. You maybe know of their teams of young people, doing cross-cultural outreach on a shoestring in programmes such as `Love Europe'. Or their ships - Logos, Doulos, Logos Hope - travelling the world. Or their literature publishing and distribution ministry, and Send The Light. Or you've heard their founder, George Verwer, speak somewhere. Or... You get the picture? It a very wide-ranging mission movement, and there's lots to learn from this book, which was written to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Read and be challenged by the amazing things that God has done through the past years, and is still doing now!
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Highly Recommended for Global Mission Leaders 24 Dec. 2008
By nononsense - Published on Amazon.com
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ABOUT THE BOOK
As a history of the first 50 years of Operation Mobilization (OM) Spiritual Revolution is the story of a movement. First, the book is the story of the conception and development of what is now one of the largest mission agencies on earth, OM. Second, this is a story of a genuine spiritual movement. The passion in the hearts of several college boys in Illinois and their subsequent radical, authentic discipleship coupled with their visionary and empowering leadership has led to the births of hundreds, if not thousands of new ministries. The book lists 3 full single spaced pages of new ministries started by former OMer's, among those are organizations such as Frontiers, Gospel for Asia, SAT-7, and so on.

Currently, OM has 5,400 missionaries from 91 nationalities working in 110 countries and on board 2 ocean going ships. 37 million people in more than 140 nations have been on one of OM's ships (p. 219). The ships have welcomed 38 million people in nearly 500 cities and distributed 50 million Scripture portions (OMUSA website) More than 125,000 young people have been drawn to the mission training of OM (OMUSA website). Overall, over 100 million people have been touched by OM's gospel ministry. They have impacted presidents, global influencers as well as the poorest of poor. Wow. Read those numbers again. Amazing!

WHY I READ THIS BOOK
I read this book to help me dream. I need help dreaming of what could be. To that end, this book was extremely satisfying, even exhilarating at points. But I also was challenged in my dreaming about what makes a "great" movement. Here are a few of my personal take aways. Please note that I am in every way an outside observer of OM having acquired almost all of my knowledge of OM from this book.

PERSONAL TAKE AWAYS
- The most profound aspect of OM, especially when observed in retrospect, is its humble origins. The following is, for me, the most stirring passage in the book: "But there was no great scheme for the future when the three would-be missionaries and an old Dodge truck loaded with Gospels left Chicago, virtually unnoticed, fifty years ago. There was no thought of building a global mission agency, no idea of ships, and no strategy to mobilise tens of thousands into global missions. But clearly God had a wider design from the start and it is his sovereign purpose which has become OM's ongoing story." (p. 221). Oh how refreshing is the story of the origin of OM. The grand agenda in the hearts and minds of George Verwer, Dale Rhoton, and Walter Borchard was simply authentic discipleship of Jesus.

This really challenges me. I have big dreams. But do I dream of simple obedience? Do I despise the small things?

- I am most personally challenged by the culture of OM and Send the Light (the first organization founded by Verwer which is now one of the largest literature distribution companies in the world): radical, simple, risky, sometimes awkward, discipleship. This is truly a "God or nothing" organization. Verwer himself is infamous for the stories of his "crazy" discipleship. Whether the story of him taking off all of his clothes to give to a poor man and then walking back to his office in his underwear, or his challenges and impassioned talks to Christian audiences, George Verwer's legacy is simple obedience to the Lord manifested in a wartime lifestyle.

I am a missions pastor at a very large, very influential church with tons of mobilization potential. We are tapping into some of that potential currently. But am I calling our people towards radical obedience of the Lord? Am I modeling that for them? In my analysis of the history, one of the main reasons OM grew so fast and furiously was the eccentric commitment towards radical living of its founder. In my context, I must model radical living if I am going to have any influence towards others to that end.

- The most stunning aspect of OM for me is their global orientation. Think about it: the ministry started by 3 American college boys in 1957 and by 1963 had spread to both Europe and India. It grew rapidly to have its main base of operations in Europe. Now, it is perhaps the most genuinely global missions organization in the world today. This is evidence for serious gifting and commitment to raise up indigenous leadership. I am stunned as to how fast OM has been able over its 50 years to start new ministries in new countries and raise up local leadership for them.

-I will remember how the story of OM is a story of organizational change. Some of the major changes in the organization's history had to do with financial policy, the attitude towards buying property, approach to ministry (from mostly mass evangelism to holistic ministry), and policy over women in leadership. One thing that I have learned from my parents is that good leadership embraces good change. With incredibly rapid personnel mobility comes rapid change. Add on to that diverse cultural orientations of the staff and you get a constant management challenge with untold potential.

- Lastly, I will remember how OM and Send the Light model pioneering effective mass evangelism techniques. Who would have thought that a ocean ship would be wildly effective for mass gospel dissemination one hundred years ago?! Just look at the numbers at the beginning of this article to see the proof that OM has literally touched tens of millions in both the word and deed of the Gospel.

RECOMMENDATION
Overall, I highly recommend this book to especially younger global leaders. While the names and places might bore you for a few pages, enduring to the end will bless you with the story of God's faithfulness towards those who are obedient, not merely those who have big visions. Big dreams, after all, are mere vanity without the proof of simple obedience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great overview, but we're waiting for Verwer's autobiography 18 Dec. 2010
By T. G. S. Hawksley - Published on Amazon.com
For those wanting a comprehensive overview of the last fifty years of the work of Operation Mobilisation (OM) this is a superb account, not least because Ian Randall tells such a massive and complicated story in just over two hundred pages and still manages to mention many more people by name than just the leaders; ensures no tragedy or triumph is overlooked; and keeps the whole account in its social and mission context. Such is the author's attention to the nitty gritty details of history (dates, places, names) that his book will be referred to for many years for those wanting to check out the main facts of OM's history.

There is also some wonderful humour included, such as when the young Greg Livingstone turns up for a prayer meeting and is greeted by George Verwer demanding to know which country he was claiming for Christ. Greg asked, `What's left?' Verwer replied, `Libya - you've got Libya.' However, as the book goes on these anecdotes become rarer, and, sometimes the text feels like a report. So we come across sentences like, `A team of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and general labourers worked at Agape Orphanage constructing much-needed buildings'. And our eyes begin to overdose on yet another paragraph telling us how many thousands visited one of the ships and how many millions of pieces of literature were distributed. But that is sometimes the nature of history and it is these statistics that ultimately make the final pages so moving as one is reminded of all that God has done through what started as a very small band of committed young people.

In a few year's time the dream read would be this excellent overview along side George Verwer's autobiography. For as well as being one of the most passionate preachers of our generation, Verwer is also one of the funniest. It is impossible to think that his version of the last fifty years would ever be boring. So hopefully someone will be able to persuade him to cut down on his meetings for a few months and leave the next generation something of his vulnerable, down to earth, and humour edged spirituality weaved into the story of his life.
Amazing. 5 April 2015
By Israel Ag Nouh Yattara - Published on Amazon.com
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