Sprague's experience of genuine revivals, his faithfulness to biblical theology and his balanced view, eminently fitted him to write what Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes as "the outstanding classic on this vital and urgently important matter". The chapters cover such themes as The Nature of a Revival, Obstacles to Revivals, Divine Agency in Revivals, General Means of Producing and Promoting Revivals, Treatment due to Awakened Sinners, Evils to be Avoided in Connection with Revivals, etc. There is also a large and excellent Appendix comprising letters on revivals by various North American evangelical leaders of the last century.
A much needed volume in our day, when true religion is at a low. What we need in our day is revival. A return to preaching that searches the heart, convicts of sin, and focuses on the need for regeneration (a Spirit-wrought blessing). The letters alone are worth the price of the book, with many who were leaders in revivals of by-gone days. The likes of Archibald Alexander, Heman Humphries, Samuel Miller, Edward Payson, Ashbel Green, Edward Griffin, just to name a few. The Lectures themselves are "GOLD". Nature and Defense of Revivals gives us a Biblical view of what Revival is. Obstacles and Divine Agency in Revivals shows us the things to be avoided as well as the Author of revival. Treatment Due to Awakened Sinners will give counsel of how to treat those under awakening. Means of Producing and Promoting Revival is great counsel(NOT as Finney prescribed). Foreward by Lloyd Jones. A GEM of a book, get it read it, re-read it.