Book Reviews / Pneuma 30 (2008) 147-191 149 David Maxwell, African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism and the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement (Oxford: James Currey; Harare: Weaver Press; Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2006). xv + 250 pp. Pentecostalism has become the representative face of Christianity in Africa. David Maxwell’s African Gifts of the Spirit is one of the latest in the growing body of literature on the subject. The book contains nine chapters and a very illuminating introduction. Ezekiel Guti’s Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA), the main subject of the book, is representative of churches that are “recasting the shape and character of world Christianity” (3). Maxwell’s choice of ZAOGA is important for another reason. The church, which emerged in the 1950s with a handful of members, now has a member- ship of more than 400,000 people. It also has branches and networks in several Western countries. Indigenous personnel have been critical to the spread of the movement both locally and internationally, for, as Maxwell observes, right from the beginning “its key agents have been economic migrants, refugees, African missionaries and roving bishops and pastors” (13). Maxwell’s use of the expression transnational in
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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