How and why is Christianity's center of gravity shifting to the developing world? To understand this rapidly growing phenomenon, Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori spent four years traveling the globe conducting extensive on-the-ground research in twenty different countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. The result is this vividly detailed book which provides the most comprehensive information available on Pentecostalism, the fastest-growing religion in the world. Rich with scenes from everyday life, the book dispel many stereotypes about this religion as they build a wide-ranging, nuanced portrait of a major new social movement.
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Donald Miller, Professor of Religion and Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, is the author of Reinventing American Protestantism (UC Press) and editor of Gen X Religion, among other books. Tetsunao Yamamori, President Emeritus of Food for the Hungry International and Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, is the author and editor of two dozen books including Exploring Religious Meaning and Penetrating Missions' Final Frontier.
“An informative and highly readable account that puts faces and names on what is quickly becoming the major expression of Christianity around the globe.”—Intnl Bltn Of Missionary Rsrch
“Offers scholarly precision and journalistic engagement, not a fast and easy series of happy stories—but it's worth the effort.”—World Magazine
“This book is a delight to read. The sense that you are discovering a new and exciting spiritual movement inhabits every page.”—Jacqueline Wenger Catholic Studies: An On-Line Journal
“This is a highly recommended and readable book.”—Mission: Journal Of Mission Stds
“This long-awaited book is the fruit of years of research around the world, in firsthand encounters with an extraordinary variety of Pentecostal believers.”—Christianity Today/ Books & Culture
“An impressive scholarly accomplishment and an indispensable contribution to the study of Pentecostalism.”—Lubomir M. Ondrasek H-Pentecostalism
“An important read.”—Marla Frederick Journal American Academy Of Religion/ Jaar
"This book is an important contribution. Written in an engaging style and filled with highly instructive material, it provides an impressive picture of what is arguably the most dynamic religious phenomenon of our time: the worldwide explosion of Pentecostalism. Miller and Yamamori deftly reveal how religion is effecting societies and cultures around the globe."—Peter L. Berger, Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University
"Miller and Yamamori are explorers bringing word to the First World of a large Third World religious development that, until now, has barely broken the surface of our awareness. This book marks the beginning of what will be a large and significant discussion."—Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winner for God: A Biography
"Global Pentecostalism is immensely important, informative, and readable. The scope of the research is also amazingly impressive. The simultaneously wide-ranging and yet grass-rootsy empirical data collection provides a truly unique character for the book."—Christian Smith, author of Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
"Global Pentecostalism is beautifully written and friendly to an audience of practitioners as well as to academic and professional researchers. The empirical research is unprecedented, and the volume will stand alone in the marketplace."—Doug Petersen, Margaret S. Smith Professor of Intercultural Studies, Vanguard University