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Andy Smithyman helps you understand what makes spiritual revival happen and what it looks like through history
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Andy Smithyman helps you understand what makes spiritual revival happen and what it looks like (or sounds like) when it does. Instead of trying to define revival in words, Andy describes revival in terms of a symphony of music with many colourful and enriching parts adding the glory of the finished work of God. And like any work of musical art, we all discover something different.
“What if revival is this divine masterpiece that is made up of many different notes,” asks Andy Smithyman, “and depending upon our preferences and theological scales, we might listen to one or two notes which might be prayer or the preaching of the word but there are other notes being played as well. If you think about it, it has a life of its own.”
In ‘Revival’s Symphony’, Andy sets out to encourage people to re-think what revival is, re-imagining revival not as a one-off event, but as a process which is happening now and all the time, rather than in the past or a far off future event people are longing for. “There’s enough evidence in history,” he says, “to declare revival is more intricate than a simplistic ‘boxing off’ of the divine. It’s far broader.”
Andy shows how recurring notes in the symphony of revival include weakness, activism, prayer and obedience – all of which are unpacked and examined in the book. Andy’s assertion is that the divine element of revival is impossible to define in words. “The best way I can describe it,” he says, is love. It’s an expression of love between the creator and the creation and the creation and the creator.”
Revival's Symphony by Andy Smithyman was published by River Publishing in February 2013 and is our 7359th best seller. The ISBN for Revival's Symphony is 9781908393272.
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Andy Smithyman is an amateur pilgrim and a rambling writer, a husband and a father. Andy is author of the book Extra ordinary miracles... finding the miraculous amidst the mundane. He has an obession with revival history, and passionately yearns to tell the story of those ignored or bypassed by our own desire for the dynamic.
"The word 'revival", he claims, "seems to come with both unifying and divisive baggage of interpretation, and I think part of this is due to our default on focusing upon either a date, location or heroic figure. That's why I am trying to shape my upcoming book to praise the stories that dance outside of those dominant tales. It will hopefully encourage us all, including myself, to see the spectrum of colour within our pilgrimage of faith and challenge our perceptions of what we are praying and yearning for."
Society has a way of encouraging us to fashion a world made up of illusions; from the identities we create to the actions we perform. This never ending cycle of fantasy distorts the raw reality of the land we walk upon, providing us enough excuses to avoid the deeper and more relevant questions we should be asking ourselves and of others during our living days.
To confront illusion starts with ourselves, which then marinates through our words, actions and sight. History seems to suggest that this journey is hard, and one that is not regularly bathed in earthly acclaim. And whilst that may explain why many do not tread upon its path, its challenge is unavoidable due to its voice being found within the shadow of the cross we follow. (from Andy's web page).
|Author / Artist||Andy Smithyman|
|Publisher||River Publishing (February 2013)|
|Number of Pages||192|
|Page last updated||26th October 2016|