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Signs and Wonders: Why Pentecostalism Is the World's Fastest Growing Faith

ISBN: 978-0-470-45639-2
256 pages
March 2009, Jossey-Bass
Signs and Wonders: Why Pentecostalism Is the World


Combining personal stories and sound scholarship, Paul Alexander, a young scholar with a Pentecostal background, examines the phenomenal worldwide success of Pentecostalism. While most other works on the subject are either for academics or believers, this book speaks to a broader audience. Interweaving stories of his own and his family's experiences with an account of Pentecostalism's history and tenets, Alexander provides a unique and accessible perspective on the movement.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xiii

CHAPTER 1 Just Ask: A World of Miracles Awaits 1

CHAPTER 2 Worship and Music 19

CHAPTER 3 Tongue-Talking 41

CHAPTER 4 Prosperity (or Money, Money, Money, Money) 61

CHAPTER 5 Storytelling 79

CHAPTER 6 Power and Spiritual Warfare 95

CHAPTER 7 Prophecy, Visions, and Dreams 115

CHAPTER 8 Hope, Joy, and Emotion 131

Notes 151

The Author 167

Index 169

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Author Information

Paul Alexander is the founder of Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice, a multiethnic, international, and ecumenical network of pastors, laypeople, academics, missionaries, and students. He teaches at Azusa Pacific University.

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