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

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

by Greg Laurie, Ellen Vaughn

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God has always been interested in turning unlikely people into his most fervent followers. Prostitutes and pagans, tax collectors and tricksters. The more unlikely, the more it seemed to please God and to demonstrate his power, might, and mercy. America in the 1960s and 1970s was full of unlikely people--men and women who had rejected the stuffy religion of their parents' generation, who didn't follow the rules, didn't fit in. The perfect setting for the greatest spiritual awakening of the 20th century.

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

Those who lived through the Jesus Revolution will find here an inspiring reminder of the times and people that shaped their lives and faith. Younger readers will discover a forgotten part of recent American history and, along with it, a reason to believe that God is not finished with their generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493415342
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

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 million people have attended Laurie's Harvest Crusades since 1990, and more than 500,000 people have registered professions of faith through these outreaches. Laurie is the author of more than 70 books and his daily nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, is broadcast on more than 1,000 radio outlets around the world. He and his wife, Cathe, have been married for over 40 years and have two sons and five grandchildren.

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 his seminal works. A senior fellow for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, she also serves on the board of directors for International Cooperating Ministries. Vaughn and her husband, Lee, live in northern Virginia. They have three grown children and two enthusiastic but clueless dogs.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Plunging In 11

1 What Was It and Why Does It Matter? 13

2 A Black-and-White Decade 26

3 The Wonderful World of Color 36

4 The Pastor Who Downscaled 48

5 The Be-In, the Summer of Love, and a Nudist Vegetarian Hippie 58

6 Miracle in the Middle East 67

7 1968: And the Wind Began to Howl 73

8 When Nitro Met Glycerin 86

9 Meanwhile, in Malaysia 93

10 Magnificent Desolation 99

11 The Long and Winding Road 107

12 The Adult in the Room 113

13 Jesus Music 120

14 Life as Usual, inside the Revolution 135

15 No Bare Feet Allowed! 145

16 "Yes, That Jesus!" 149

17 Love Story 154

18 Billy Graham's Good Vibrations 163

19 The Church of Stone 170

20 If You Can Explain It, Then God Didn't Do It 176

21 Hippie Preachers 184

22 Malaise and the Me Decade 191

23 Tea or Revolution? 199

24 Burning It Down 208

25 Muscle Memory 215

26 Desperate Enough? 226

27 Cultural Christianity Is Dead: Rest in Peace 236

28 Mere Revival 241

Epilogue: Plunging In, All Over Again 249

Acknowledgments 251

Notes 257

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Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
seekinggraceandgratitude More than 1 year ago
In Jesus Revolution, authors Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn use humor and raw reality to inspire present-day Jesus followers to carry their crosses on Spirit-led paths to pave a way for the next generation of spiritual revival. This book will give you confidence to: 1.) Seek Jesus first, trust in God’s plan and timing, and allow for the Spirit to move. The Jesus revolution was impactful on culture because it wasn’t centered on individual people but rather was focused solely on Jesus and His teachings. 2.) Remove all barriers of religion and establish a relationship with Jesus. Christianity is Bible-based living through an on-going, intentional, purposeful relationship with Jesus Christ. In other words, grace-based living versus a long list of rules or “thou shall nots.” I like to think of it as a “religion is out and relationship is in” type of mentality. 3.) Become born again or reflect on your current walk with Jesus. Again, it all goes back to relationship but also authentic intentionality in pursuing that relationship. Followers of Christ must be continually sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit positively shaping their life. Even if we have Jesus in our life, we will still fall short and mess up. However, through God’s grace and mercy we will be pieced back together until we are fully restored into God’s original masterpiece (ref. Ephesians 2:10). 4.) Emphasize the impact of discipleship. A large reason the Jesus movement was a revival in America was because the individuals of that time were evangelizing the Good News along with a personal relationship with the Savior in a world that was lost, divisive and completely empty. The hippies were looking for something, anything, to fill them up and satisfy their desires for more, whatever more they felt they needed varied per the individual, but the result was always the same – they kept feeling more and more empty. Finding Jesus was the medicine the hippies needed to become well and thrive in their new counter-cultural lifestyle of living for their Savior. This is very much like what we experience today. Can you even imagine what America would look like if Christians actually stepped up and stepped out with Christ? It would be the perfect anecdote to all of the hatred and destruction we are experiencing every day. How easily we forget the simplicity of a life for Jesus…it is an all-inclusive, interracial, multi-ethnic way of life that is full of grace. After reading Jesus Revolution, I feel revived in my personal walk with the Lord as well as inspired to disciple within my local church (ekklesia). It is said over and over again in this book that the “Coming to Jesus” movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s became a revolution because of the deepest desire of those to feel and experience something. The hippies were looking for a high but kept feeling low. Oh how I can relate to those emotions of feeling lost, alone and empty and how finding Jesus, and experiencing Jesus in day-to-day living has refreshed and refilled my soul in ways I find hard to explain. If only we can disciple and dedicate our lives to helping others experience Jesus, too, I truly believe the world would be a better place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was curious about the Jesus Revolution as I heard it mentioned a couple of times in Church. I liked how it gave the back ground of what was going on at that time and how individuals responded to the gospel.
M_Fitzgerald More than 1 year ago
Jesus Revolution is a Christian living book by author(s) Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn. I was pleased to see the book endorsed by some familiar people: Chris Tomlin, Anne Graham Lotz and Joni Eareckson Tada. In side the book I also saw some quotes from familiar people: Andrew Murray, Amy Carmichael, and Dwight L. Moody. The quote that stood out to me was one by Corrie ten Boom. "There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still." The book lends to easy reading. Jesus Revolution opens its pages with the summer of 1970, with hippies listening to the Beatles, Jim Morrison, and others. The author also tells of the use of LSD, marijuana, and other drug use in the 60's & 70's. I learned that Greg Laurie's life had been impacted by drugs at an early age. Greg's spiritual transformation may have started with the prayers of Kay Smith who prayed for kids just like him. I appreciate that the authors introduce the Plan of Salvation and tell how to be saved. They also mention a quote from Jesus: You are either for Him or against Him, there is no middle ground. The question we must all ask ourselves is found on page 218. "Do you trust Christ, really, or don't you?" Did this book meet my expectations? Yes & No! From the tagline, I expected to read more on how God can transform a generation. Instead, it was more of a memoir of Greg Laurie. Which was fine, but I think the tagline should mention that. Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary Baker Books and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not what I expected. The book Jesus Revolution promises to walk you through how God transformed an unlikely generation and how he can do it once again in a generation where 75 percent of young people who grew up in Christian homes and churches are now abandoning their faith. While the author did manage to walk us through how the hippies from the 60’s and 70’s lived and how Jesus managed to transform their lives, I felt it was lacking with a summary of the key methods that were utilized that we can apply to today’s generation. Through historical events such as the assassination of Kennedy and personal stories, Greg walks you through what things were like living in the 60’s and 70’s. As a reader, you had a clear picture of the environment that was influencing young adults during that period. Just like today, there were broken homes, feelings of emptiness and loneliness, but they felt there had to be more to life. The Jesus Movement reminded me of the day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts where the spirit of God moved among the people and at the end of it all, thousands were baptized. I found this book a very powerful testimony of the movement of the holy spirit, the change it brings in peoples lives once they are willing to let him lead. The Jesus Revolution is a modern day testimony of what God can do through us once we become willing vessels allowing him to work through us. Jesus Revolution isn’t a book for everyone. If you are into history and want to learn more about the Jesus Revolution or lived through the 60’s and 70’s, then you can give this one a read.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book had a remarkable writing and compelling to read with that also very inspiring writing story with a greatest combining from the period of the time that what happening to their life living in American from the 1960s and 1970s what make it the big changing but God work through always with us that was never change. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
doro73 More than 1 year ago
I was recently a part of a launch group for a book called The Jesus Revolution by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn. The book was released yesterday and, as promised, here is my review: "This book is a well written, well documented history of the Jesus movement of the 1970s for those who lived to tell about it (like me) and those interested in that time period. It is seen through the eyes of Greg Laurie who came to faith in Christ (like me) during those days. It is an honest read and a very intimate portrait of Rev. Laurie's life. 5 stars."
Brad Gonzales More than 1 year ago
I The Jesus Revolution is as if you opened a time capsule from 1970, when Jesus people were bursting the seams of the churches where they were welcomed. Bible studies and music in parks, on campuses and in tents. This as I remembered it as well, it seemed that there truly was a hunger and thirst after the things of God. This book tells the reader how it came about, why it started and where they found the answers they were seeking. The same answers that today’s youth are seeking. This amazing work of God in that generation and we pray that He will do it again for this generation.
Stan_S More than 1 year ago
I just finished listening to the audible version of Jesus Revolution and here are my thoughts. Often today, history is being rewritten or whitewashed to not tell the whole story. With Jesus Revolution, that is not the case. If you love history and want to learn about this slice from the 60's & 70's you will love this book. I lived through both of these decades but was too young during the 60's to know a lot that occurred then so this was educational for me. I did know more about the 70's but learned a lot I did not know about that decade too This history is told through the lens of Greg Laurie, someone who was there and lived through it and was forever changed during the Jesus Revolution...and God has used him to change countless lives since then. This book could change your life and will educate and inform you. You will not be disappointed. Get yours today and join the Jesus Revolution!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Revival, spiritual Christian revival, Many of us are praying for it because we weep for a nation that has lost it’s way and wandered. The last large scale movement of the Holy Spirit/revival occurred in the 60’s and early 70’s when young people became disillusioned with the emptiness and excesses of the Hippie culture. Lives were changed, kids were healed and delivered from addictions to drugs and their redemption and their willingness to follow where God would lead them changed a nation. There is a new book that looks at this move of God. The book is titled Jesus Revolution and is written by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn. It actually chronicles Greg’s journey from a lost and disillusioned teenager in an age of confusion and unrest, that looks a lot like today, to what Greg has now become through the Grace of God. Greg is a well respected pastor and a well known Evangelist as the the leader of Harvest Christian Fellowship and the Harvest Crusades. And it begs the question if it happened once why not again? The book is a very good read and is filled with a lot of history of the times, not only those directly involved but also those outside the revival. Historical figures world wide. The book also tells the story of the birth of Calvary Chapel and Chuck and Kay Smiths outpouring of love and concern for the lost souls they saw while walking the beaches in Orange County and how that concern would be a catalyst for the growth of the revival. Many of these young men became powerful men of God that reached many areas of this nation. As mentioned Greg Laurie, Mike McIntosh, Raul Ruiz, Skip Heitzig, Jeff Johnson and many others. They were lost in a time and world they didn't understand and they turned to drugs, mystic religions, sex and a life of no cares or concerns. Out of this through the simple acts of love and concern by those willing to follow God’s lead they witnessed a move of God that impacted Christianity in America. And yes it can be done again. A lot of the unrest and anxiety we see today in the young looks very similar to what was taking place in the 60’s and they are definitely looking for some truth and answers but they lack trust in the “establishment”, sound familiar? Revival wont come if we force it, we must want it and realize that only God will bring it. But we can pray for revival and follow Gods lead and start to reach out in love without condemnation to those who are lost and seeking and let God work. Read Jesus Revolution and see how God moved in the hearts of a lost generation. See how those reaching out relied solely on the leading of the Holy Spirit with a simple message of Gods unwavering love for mankind and how that simple message contained so much power. Then as you pray for revival ask God to give you the same heart. And then move to action because we truly are in need of revival. #JesusRevolutionBook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 60’s and 70’s were a time of social upheaval in America. War, racial tensions, and changing values were causing young people to turn on, tune in, and drop out. This is the story of the Jesus Revolution as seen by a young Greg Laurie of how God started a fire that blazed though the hippie counter culture and caused them to embrace the gospel and discover a new way of living. I discovered new things about the generation that set the then established concept of following God and what a church should look like on its ear. I agree with the passages that said spirituality, many young people are fed up with conventional church, political Christianity that is mad at everyone, and the faith-virus of affluenza, today’s version of the prosperity gospel. Some pastors today instead of teaching the gospel are using their positions to to push their own political views on the flock. I found my ongoing love for Christian music that speaks to the soul, had its beginnings during the revolution. The word of God loving us so much that he sent his Son to die on the cross for us has never changed. It still has the power to redeem all because it’s the message that knows no boundaries. From the flower children to the current and future generations Gods words remain the same. I recommend this book to all ages. It gives insight to a time in America that has many similarities to today’s ongoing social issues affecting us all. The Solution remains the same as Phil Wickham sings in his new song Revive Us Again.
RichHildreth More than 1 year ago
As history has shown, there were many issues factors that led up to what is now referred to as the Jesus Revolution. Violence accompanying protest over oppression and in opposition to what was seen as an unjust war. An entire generation of disillusioned youth searching to find the real meaning of life. Unprecedented political turmoil upended by distrust of American political leadership. Interestingly enough, many of those same factors are present in modern day America. The question is, will God again use the turmoil of disenchantment to spur a new Jesus Revolution and turn this nation back towards Our Heavenly Father? The story follows a young Greg Laurie as he discovers the love of Jesus through the faith of Chuck and Kay Smith as well as Lonnie Frisbee and others. However, the story is more about how God used them to transform a generation that once was known simply as Hippies. The book is about how a generation often lost to drugs, sex and rock and roll, found meaning in the words of the Bible and the faith in Jesus Christ and then became Church leaders themselves, planting some of the largest ministries in America. Most of all it is how God’s spirit took a generation that many people had written off and used them to spread his word around this nation.