A centennial observance that is attracting major media
attention also will give birth to a new book by Dr. Vinson Synan.
The first hundred years of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement
is recorded in The Century of the Holy Spirit (Thomas Nelson
Publishers). Dr. Synan has written
many books during his years of ministry but arguably none more important
than this one.
Set for release in March 2001, The Century of the
Holy Spirit chronicles 100 years of the Pentecostal and Charismatic
renewal, a movement that now touches the lives of over 500 million people
worldwide. Dr. Synan details the story of the growth of the movement
in the U.S. and abroad. He also includes chapters on the roles played
by Catholics, women, African-Americans, and Hispanics, each written
by authorities within those groups.
Also timed to coincide with the100th anniversary and
concurrent with the book's release, the cable news network MSNBC is
planning a documentary of the Pentecostal movement and has already included
Dr. Synan in its interview segments. The CBS show 60 Minutes
also has contacted Dr. Synan regarding a similar piece.
"I'm thrilled with the response so far," said Dr. Synan
from his home in Virginia, where he serves as the dean of the School
of Divinity at Regent University. "This has been a labor of love
for me. The history of this movement has been so compelling from
a research standpoint. The Pentecostal/Charismatic renewal has
been the most significant happening in the body of Christ over the past
Leading Charismatic authorities such as David Barrett,
Peter Hocken, Sue Hyatt, Robert Owens, and Gary McGee contributed to
the book. A timeline and genealogy tree have been carefully constructed,
giving the reader an "at-a-glance" history of the movement. The
Century of the Holy Spirit is thoroughly illustrated with photographs,
charts, figures, and vignettes, as well as a 16-page color insert.
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