Walking in the Light: Reflections on the East African Revival and its link to Australia

Colin Reed


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Colin Reed not only records the East African Revival and its link to Australia, but provides many pointers for those who want to see revival in our time. He identifies and explores the key factors behind this Christian Revival that began in Rwanda in the 1930s before spreading throughout the entire East African region. This thorough and perceptive exploration provides insight into the Revival. It also explores connections to Australian missionaries serving there and their varied responses to the Revival. The influence of the English Keswick Movement in shaping the Revival is also examined. Less well known is the impact made by visits of East African Revival leaders in the 1950s and 60s to Aboriginal Christian leaders in Northern Australia.

This book is a worthy addition to the history of missions.

‘Dr Colin Reed is a gifted missionary and Christian leader who has made a significant contribution to the life of the church in East Africa over many years. I heartily commend his history of the East African Revival to you.’
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, the Most Reverend Donald L. Mtetemela.

At the Christian Literature Awards for 2007, hosted by SPCK, ‘Walking in the Light’ was awarded an honourable mention in the Christian Theological Writer’s Award category. The judges’ comments follow:

“This book not only contributes to our understanding of the history of African Christianity and missionary activity, but also sheds light on the complexities and developments within Australian (and global) evangelicalism, as it influenced and in turn responded to the revival in East Africa. A wealth of primary research makes the discussion concrete and vivid. The book is clearly and engagingly written. ‘Walking in the Light’ is an important contribution to Australian missiology. Reed successfully demonstrates the ‘reverse impact’ of the East African Revival upon Australian Christianity, in particular the indigenous church. East Africa has been a very significant focus of Australian, especially Anglican, missionary practice, and it is appropriate that this work should be recognised in such a scholarly yet popularly accessible work.”

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