Ayodeji Abodunde, Messenger: Sydney Elton and the Making of Pentecostalism in Nigeria (Lagos, NG: Pierce Watershed: 2016). xii + 479 pp. $ 30.00 hardcover.Christianity seems to have slipped into Nigeria much in the same way one falls asleep—slowly, then all at once. The expansion of the Christian faith owes its success to many missionaries and evangelists who sacrificed their entire lives to advance the cause of Christ. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the life of Sydney Granville Elton, a missionary from Great Britain who arrived on the shores of Nigeria in 1937. Elton grew to adopt Nigeria as his home and worked tirelessly to further God’s mission until his death in 1987. Messenger tells his and Nigerian Pentecostalism’s story at the same time. Indeed, the two are so closely entwined that it would be impossible to separate them. Abodunde sets out not only to write a history, but to trace the prophetic calling on Elton’s fifty-year tenure in Nigeria.The book begins with an account of Elton’s early life, salvation, and subsequent marriage to the woman who led him to the Lord, Hannah Cartwright. He received a prophetic call to Nigeria in 1934. Elton first went under the auspices
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