Review: “Call Down Lightning”

by ggeurs

This is a review of the book Call Down Lightning by Wallace Henley.

In evangelical circles, the topic of revival comes up now and then. It seems to be on Henley’s mind, too. Tracing the historic revival in Wales in 1904, Henley lays out an outline for how revival can happen, and along the way points out how the United States could be setting itself up for religious revival now. Call Down Lightning is informative and interesting, but I felt that it was just okay.

Henley presents a work that is part historical research, party present-day commentary, part biography, and part revival sermon. Henley spends a lot of the book focusing on Evan Roberts, one of the catalysts for the Welsh revivals -Henley does give others credit in a chapter in the later half of the book. Throughout, Henley uses lightning as an analogy to revival, and brings in interesting facts about the natural phenomenon to connect his points.

I picked up this book not knowing anything about the Welsh revival. That was what drew me to the book; I wanted to know a little bit more about church world history. In this short volume, there is plenty of it. It started to feel a little repetitive by the end, though. I felt the book was kind of slow until about Chapter 11. So be prepared to slough through Call Down Lightning. There were times where I found myself having the thought, “I know this guy is passionate about revival happening again; I just wish his writing made me believe it more often.”

Call Down Lightning is an all right read. Be prepared for fun, exciting moments. Also be prepared for a little boredom and wondering when the next chapter starts. But in the end, be prepared to get something out of it.

I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for reviewing it. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.

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