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Main Street Mystics: The Toronto Blessing and Reviving Pentecostalism

Main Street Mystics: The Toronto Blessing and Reviving Pentecostalism

by Margaret Poloma


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On January 20, 1994 the worshippers at the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church began to feel the Holy Spirit move them. They began to laugh uncontrollably, collapse to the floor, stagger as if drunk. But what was truly startling in this occurrence-now commonly known as the Toronto Blessing-is that these manifestations keep appearing at the Toronto church and have sparked a worldwide charismatic revival. Visitors from around the world have come and started revivals in their home churches upon return. In Main Street Mystics, Margaret Poloma explains what is happening with this contemporary charismatic revival without explaining it away. From her unique position as both a scholar and a pilgrim, Poloma offers an intimate account of the movement while always attempting to understand it through the lenses of social science. She looks at Pentecostalism as a form of mysticism, but a mysticism that engages Pentecostals and charismatics in the everyday world. With its broad overview and up-close portraits, Main Street Mystics is essential for anyone wanting to understand the ever renewing movement of Pentecostalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759103535
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 12/15/2003
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Margaret M. Poloma is professor emerita of sociology at the University Akron, is also the author of Assemblies of God at the Crossroad and The Charismatic Movement.

Table of Contents

Chapter 0 Interlude 0 Bibliography Chapter 1 The Toronto Blessing, Mysticism and Revitilization: An Introduction Chapter 1 Prelude Part 1 THE MYSTICAL SELF Chapter 2 The Faces of God in Revival: Music, Metaphor and Myth Part 2 THE MYSTICAL BODY Chapter 3 The Spirit at Play: The Body and the Mystical Self Chapter 4 Divine Healing: Memories, Relationship and Medical Maladies Chapter 5 Hearing the Voice of God: Prophecy and the Mystical Self Chapter 6 Water, Wind, and Fire: Prophetic Narrative and Recent Revivals Chapter 7 Digging the Wells of Revival: The Los Angeles Story Chapter 8 One in the Spirit: The Rise of the City Church Chapter 9 Mysticism in Service: Taking Revival to the Streets Chapter 10 Narrative and Reflexive Ethnography: A Concluding Account

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