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The Welsh Revival of 1904-1905 [Kindle Edition]

Dyfed Wyn Roberts
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Disappointment seeps through their writing as they report the condition of their churches. Revival had not given them what they had hoped for. Despite being known as one of the most powerful outpourings of the Holy Spirit the world had seen, the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905 did not live up to many church leaders' expectations. In Dr Dyfed Wyn Roberts' book you can read what the leaders themselves had to say about the fruits of revival and how their churches sadly returned to the stupor of their past. These details are not widely known but are essential if we are to fully understand revival movements.

The book is based on Dr Roberts' original research during his studies at Bangor University, Wales, where he was trained as a church historian to doctorate level.

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Dr Dyfed Wyn Roberts wants to see the church truly carry the transforming presence of God within creation. He believes that God's mission is to restore the world he created and that he calls on us to partner with him in this task.

Dyfed is a university trained church historian and theologian. His particular interests are religious revivals in Wales and in the emerging church movement. He believes that while the church needs to learn from the past it must not seek to copy it for God's truth needs to be interpreted in every generation.

He holds a PhD in revival history from Bangor University, Wales, and has worked as a pastor for many years. He currently works as a freelance writer and minister. He lives on the Island of Anglesey with his wife, Helen, who runs the village post office.

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4.0 out of 5 stars How to quench a revival? 23 Aug. 2013
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This was an interesting book from someone who has really researched what happened during and in the immediate aftermath of the Welsh Revival. With so much uncritically positive material on the 1904-05 revival out there it is good to review why it appeared to fizzle out so quickly, as well as being inspired by the postive testimonies. The author points out that the large majority of those who were saved were essentially from a church background - not surprisingly for the times I suppose - but that churches/chapels did not always handle well those converts from an un-churched background. Some of these were labourers from the mines and quarries. The church wanted these rough diamonds to conform to an image of what a church going Christian 'ought' to look like, and there was also unhealthy competition between churches to rack up numbers and increase tithes. Did the trappings of 'organised religion' end the Welsh revival? There are really important lessons for the church to heed today and we need to translate them into a contemporary setting. Who are our 'unchurched' and what image do we play out to the world? Who are our 'excluded ones' and are we ready to love 'the different' without judgement and without counting the cost? Are we still playing the numbers game? And do our leaders still 'shut down' that which their theology doesn't allow room for? Four stars because I would like to have heard more about aspects such as the role of young women in ministry/leadership, what happened to this aspect (i.e. singing and testimony) and an exploration of lessons to be learned for today's church, both good and bad. But a very useful addition to the body of writings on revival.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital lessons to be learned 29 May 2013
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I read this short book in one sitting. I was particularly interested in it because our church has been praying for revival. I wanted to know if there were lessons we could learn from the Welsh experience of revival. I've heard a fair bit about the revival and Evan Roberts in particular but I've not considered 'what happened next'. I found it fascinating reading and made quite a few notes on it as I read.

I found myself challenged and encouraged in equal measure by this book. If we are serious about praying for revival then we need to read this book and learn take on board the things we discover.
If you are praying for revival - read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required readingn the church 1 Jun. 2013
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An excellent look at the Welsh Revival of 1904 and the longer term impact that it had on the church throughout Wales. Ever wondered why this amazing work of God didn't last much longer? Why this book may not provide all the answers, it will surely make you think. ...
Well worth reading.
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