Friday, September 8, 2006

One of Pentecost's Original Son's Writes a Book

Longwood, FL (PRWEB) September 7, 2006 -- The year 2006 marks the centennial of the Azusa Street Revival, generally regarded as the birth of modern-day Pentecostalism, which has been the fastest growing religious movement of the past century. Much has been written concerning the early beginnings of the Pentecostal movement, and new books are coming out continually about Pentecostals today, but relatively few records exist about the crucial transitional period of the movement in the mid-20th century.

J. Stephen Conn helps fill that gap from a very personal perspective in his new book, “Growing up Pentecostal” (ISBN 1600340857). It is a true confession of an ultimate insider among Pentecostal preacher’s kids. The third of twelve children in the home of one of America’s most prominent Pentecostal ministers, Conn’s tremendous gift of storytelling eloquently portrays his childhood antics and personal spiritual odyssey. He pulls no punches. Conn gives a disarmingly honest and sometimes outrageously funny account of his struggle to come to terms with his own calling as he traveled throughout America as a teenage preacher.

Conn grew up in the home of the General Overseer (CEO) of the Church of God, the world’s oldest Pentecostal denomination. This gave him an insider’s view of the church, both locally and globally, even as a child. After spending more than 30 years as a Pentecostal minister, Conn now considers himself a post-Pentecostal. He has been ordained as a minister in three different denominations – two of them Pentecostal. “I do not write as a theologian, a sociologist, or a historian, although what I write is historically accurate,” says Conn. “I am a storyteller, with no ax to grind and no hidden agenda to either criticize or defend the Pentecostal faith.”

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