Review of Counterfeit Revival

Title: Counterfeit Revival
Author: Hank Hanegraaff
Date Completed: 01/22/2004

Rereadability Rating: 3
Lifechangeability Rating: 4
Entertainment Rating: 3.5

I enjoyed this book. The last 60 pages or so were quite a bit more interesting than the first 220. The first section is more of a history of the modern charismatic movement, with a focus on the more extreme “manifestations” of the Spirit. The second part is Hank’s perception of what really is going on in those meetings. When someone is healed in front of many people, when someone is “slain in the Spirit”, “holy laughter”, when people make animal sounds. I had always discredited most of the manifestations, but had problems with a few. Were the healings someone planted in the audience? Surely at least a few would have been found out eventually. Hanegraaff presents a very compelling argument that there are forms of altered states of consciousness and mass hypnotism going on in those meetings. Like his radio show, he cuts straight into the subject matter, probably leaving followers of the deceitful wondering what happened. I think he’s a little brutal, but I understand his mindset and frustration with what he terms “Counterfeit Revival”.

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Note: This book review has been included in my site for historical purposes. I might not hold the same views as I did when it was written. If I don’t, hopefully I’m more right now…

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