Jesus Revolution

How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today

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How the Jesus Movement transformed the church--and can transform you

God has always been passionate about turning unlikely people into His most fervent followers. Prostitutes and pagans, tax collectors and tricksters, the pompous and the pious--the more unlikely the people, the more it seems to please God to demonstrate His power, might, and mercy through them. America in the 1960s and 1970s was full of many such unlikely characters--young men and women who had rejected the conformist religion of their parents' generation, iconoclasts who didn't follow the rules and didn't fit in. It was the perfect setting for the greatest spiritual awakening of the twentieth century.

With clarity, humor, passion, and purpose, Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn tell the remarkable true story of the Jesus Movement, an extraordinary time of mass revival, renewal, and reconciliation. Setting intriguing personal stories within the context of one of the most tumultuous times in modern history, they draw important parallels with our own time of spiritual apathy and outright hostility, offering hope for the next generation of unlikely believers--and for the next great American revival.

Because God can always bring a new Jesus Revolution.


Greg Laurie is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, one of the largest churches in America. More than 5.6 million people have attended his Harvest Crusades since 1990, and more than 500,000 people have registered professions of faith through these outreaches. Greg is the author of more than seventy books, and his daily nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, is broadcast worldwide.

Ellen Vaughn is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker who has written or cowritten more than twenty books. Former vice president of executive communications for Prison Fellowship, she collaborated with Chuck Colson on a number of his seminal works. A senior fellow for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, Ellen also serves on the board of directors for International Cooperating Ministries.


"For those who were eyewitnesses to the Jesus Movement, this book will be a welcome reminder of what made that time of our lives so special. For those who know nothing about it, this book will be an entertaining crash course on events that defined the Christian church in America for generations. For everyone, it will be a compelling testimony about the power of God to save."--Dr. Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

"Jesus Revolution has tuned my heart to a higher level of praise for a loving God who has the proven power to break through to a lost, godless, self-destructing generation and redeem it, one person at a time. If He could rescue and reset Greg Laurie--and He did--then there is no one and no generation beyond His reach."--Anne Graham Lotz, speaker; author, The Daniel Prayer; www.annegrahamlotz.org

"Back in the '60s, when I first came to Christ, you could sense a stirring out on the West Coast. God was on the move . . . rescuing wayward wanderers through the Jesus Movement, sparking a revival that rocked our country and beyond. You, too, will be inspired and refreshed as you read the historic account of one of the most remarkable seasons of revival in the history of Christianity!"--Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

"In the 1960s and '70s, God moved in a unique way, sweeping across America and transforming the lives of countless people. This fast-paced, grace-filled, Bible-centered book will show you how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things."--Craig Groeschel, pastor, Life.Church; New York Times bestselling author

"Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn have given us a compelling and insightful look into the Jesus Movement of the '60s and '70s. As our society seems to grow more and more dark, this book makes me excited and hopeful that maybe we are not that far from another great move of God."--Chris Tomlin, music artist, songwriter, author


Endorsements

"For those who were eyewitnesses to the Jesus Movement, this book will be a welcome reminder of what made that time of our lives so special. For those who know nothing about it, this book will be an entertaining crash course on events that defined the Christian church in America for generations. For everyone, it will be a compelling testimony about the power of God to save."

Dr. Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

"Jesus Revolution has tuned my heart to a higher level of praise for a loving God who has the proven power to break through to a lost, godless, self-destructing generation and redeem it, one person at a time. If He could rescue and reset Greg Laurie--and He did--then there is no one and no generation beyond His reach. Reading this book will rekindle your prayer for revival."

Anne Graham Lotz, speaker; author, The Daniel Prayer; www.annegrahamlotz.org

"Back in the '60s, when I first came to Christ, you could sense a stirring out on the West Coast. God was on the move, and I was about to be swept up in the powerful flooding of the Holy Spirit that was spilling and splashing into the hearts of a million young people across America. I heard stories of how God was rescuing wayward wanderers through the Jesus Movement, sparking a revival that rocked our country and beyond. It's why Greg and Ellen's new book, Jesus Revolution, is so important, so needed--it documents the testimonies and events that made that period in time so unique. You, too, will be inspired and refreshed as you read the historic account of one of the most remarkable seasons of revival in the history of Christianity!"

Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

"In the 1960s and '70s, God moved in a unique way, sweeping across America and transforming the lives of countless people. In their new book, Jesus Revolution, Pastor Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn take a closer look at this incredible time of evangelism and revival. This fast-paced, grace-filled, Bible-centered book will show you how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things."

Craig Groeschel, pastor, Life.Church; New York Times bestselling author

"Revival is a mile-marker that is seen throughout the centuries, with the Jesus Movement being no exception. Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn have given us a riveting account of a time in our nation's history where God uniquely captivated millions of hearts. This book will stir up a fresh gratitude for what God has done and a renewed hunger to see Him do even more in the years to come!"

Levi Lusko, bestselling author, Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death Power of Sex and Romance

"So few even realize today that many of the best things happening in our churches amount only to ripples from the 1970s revival wave called the Jesus Revolution. Greg Laurie was an eyewitness to what most have only heard about. His meaningful firsthand accounts flow through Ellen Vaughn's gripping narrative, prompting every reader to cry out 'Do it again, Lord.' Read and join those already praying to see God move afresh in such powerful ways."

Dr. James MacDonald, founder, Harvest Bible Chapel; author, Vertical Church

"If there was ever a time that a book like this was needed, it is now. The story of the Jesus Revolution is a compelling witness of God's power to redeem and restore human souls in the most surprising of ways, in the most chaotic of times. Brilliant work, Greg and Ellen!"

Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas; teacher, Pathway to Victory

"Stories inspire people to believe God. This is why I am so excited about this powerful book about the Jesus Revolution, because I know it will create the spiritual appetite to experience the next great move of God in our generation. There is no greater need today than for the church to be revived spiritually and for the next great spiritual awakening to occur nationally. Now is the time for the next Jesus Revolution in America!"

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor, Cross Church; president, National Day of Prayer; past president, Southern Baptist Convention

"In remembering what God has done in past generations, it gives us a vision of what can happen again. Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn have given us a compelling and insightful look into the Jesus Movement of the '60s and '70s. As our society seems to grow more and more dark, this book makes me excited and hopeful that maybe we are not that far from another great move of God."

Chris Tomlin, music artist, songwriter, author

"Rarely have I read a book so entertaining, informative, and spiritually significant as Jesus Revolution. I relived many formative historical events of the 60s and 70s and learned new and fascinating things about the Jesus movement. I can't think of anyone better than Greg Laurie to be a central character and voice, nor better than Ellen Vaughn to skillfully craft this fascinating story of a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit. I loved it, and pray God would do such radical works of grace in our midst today!"

Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven and The Grace & Truth Paradox


The Authors

  1. Greg Laurie

    Greg Laurie

    Greg Laurie is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19, leading a Bible study of 30 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America. More than 5.6...

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  2. Ellen Vaughn
    credit: Jonathan Whitten

    Ellen Vaughn

    Ellen Vaughn is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker who has written or co-written more than 20 books. Former vice president of executive communications for Prison Fellowship, she collaborated with Chuck Colson on a number of...

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