I’m raising money for the production of a three-volume, hardcover work on the history of healing in Christianity. This is a unique project that to the best of my knowledge, has never been developed before.
I fondly recall tent meetings that I attended as a child in Northwest Arkansas in the 1970s. Evangelists would fervently pray for the sick, and the crowd would erupt. What I witnessed in those meetings made an indelible mark on my life. I could never forget what I witnessed under the dangling lights of the canvas tabernacle.
As I began a journey of exploration, dusty volumes with foxed pages and broken spines brought me back to a place of childhood wonder. As I amassed an extensive library, I began to scribble notes. Paragraphs became pages, and it wasn’t long before I had the beginnings of a book on my hands.
In addition to unearthing elapsed practices and doctrinal foundations, Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church recounts inspiring first-hand narratives of physical deliverance. This is an audacious book series that attempts to capture the inexplicable experiences of monks, reformers, tent evangelists, and others.
With 25,000 research-hours and over 1,000 volumes examined, I’ve compiled the types of remarkable stories that many claim to want to read. This meticulously documented work includes narratives of Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Oral Roberts, and other lesser-known figures.
I began with the early church fathers and healing proponents from the medieval period and then brought my interlocking narrative up to the modern era. I not only document inexplicable spiritual encounters but also engage the underlying ideas and practices.
Ronald Kydd, Associate Professor of Church History at Tyndale Seminary, once argued that “It is unlikely that a truly comprehensive study of divine healing throughout the church will ever be written.” This book project dares to take up Kydd’s challenge.
Regeneration: A Complete History of healing in the Christian Church was written by J.D. King. He was one of the supporting leaders in the Smithton Outpouring in the late 1990s and has since served as a conference speaker, pastor, and author. King is a frequent contributor to Charisma Media and articles from his weekly blog have garnished over 1.4 million page views.
King is an instructor at Revival Training Center, an independent researcher, and a pastor at World Revival Church in Kansas City. His pastoral work has provided regular opportunities to create case studies and conduct in-depth research on healing methodologies When not ministering, King enjoys spending time with his wife and kids at home in Lees Summit, Missouri.
This hardcover collection, developed over 16 years, enables one to explore diverse healing practices and how they developed over two thousand years of Church history. With insights derived from over 1,000 articles, dissertations, and published works, this work is a compendium of uncommon narratives and difficult-to-find sources.
The book series provides compelling insights and experiences from major healing practitioners. It documents how various movements have intersected and adapted to influence Christian recuperative practices. It examines challenging theological and practical tensions; providing solutions to complicated problems.
Regeneration is divided into three volumes:
This thoroughly-researched volume documents healing’s rise in the Patristic and Medieval periods and its later waning. It goes on to diligently examine healing’s re-emergence through the nineteenth-century Holiness and twentieth-century Pentecostal movements. It includes the remarkable stories of Maria Woodworth-Etter, John Alexander Dowie, John G. Lake, and Smith Wigglesworth.
The second volume carries the narrative further, examining breakthrough accounts in the Salvation-Healing Revival (1947-1958). It also delves into remarkable healing stories in the Mainline and Evangelical traditions. The Charismatic Renewal and modern revival movements are also examined. The marvelous stories of William Branham, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, John Wimber and others have been captured in this work.
The third volume is an expansive bibliography of healing works. This meticulously cultivated volume gathers information from over 2,000 books, articles, and dissertations. The entries are not only conveniently organized by historical era but also include insightful annotations. Many of the included works are difficult to find and have never been previously compiled. No serious study of divine healing would be complete without this.
Advanced Praise for “Regeneration”
“This fascinating and wide-ranging book—probably the most extensive treatment of healing in church history available—is carefully organized, meticulously documented, and superbly informative. Although not all of the ancient reports are of equal weight, all are of interest and King has performed a valuable service in thoroughly collecting all of these accounts. His work is especially invaluable for the nineteenth century through the present, where more solid information is available. Practitioners will also appreciate that King has more direct experience with healing ministry than do many of us who have researched the topic.” – Craig Keener, Ph.D., author, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts
“Having devoted many years to the study of God the Healer, I can say with assurance that this book is one of a kind, an extraordinary tour de force, a labor of great love and learning. Here you will find gathered together a vast array of material on divine healing, both academic and popular, meticulously listed and succinctly summarized. This is a treasure trove for everyone who wants to know more about this critically important subject.” – Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., author, Israel’s Divine Healer
“This volume offers a meticulously researched, comprehensive historical survey of Western Christian healing practices. Encyclopedic in its coverage, practitioners and scholars alike will find it a valuable reference guide to primary and secondary sources from the first through the twenty-first centuries.” – Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D., author of Testing Prayer: Science and Healing.
“Since 1984, I have passionately pursued learning all I could about healing and the healing movements. Regeneration is the most thorough study on healing movements that I have read. It is a wonderful service to the Protestant churches. I am not aware of any other book in print that is as thorough. Every pastor and evangelist should have this book in their bookcase. – Randy Clark, D.Min., author, Authority To Heal: Restoring the Lost Inheritance of God’s Healing Power
“J. D. King has produced what is perhaps the most thorough documentation of Christian healing available. He offers a vast array of primary source material that is of exceptional value for further research. I heartily commend this book to anyone seeking an exhaustive and sympathetic history of Christian healing.” – Jon Ruthven, Ph.D,. author, On the Cessation of the Charismata
“Once in a while, I come across a book that goes beyond a surface view of the history of revival and offers us a deeply rich historical account. This is one of those rare books. Every Christian who seeks to not only understand but move daily in the power of the Holy Spirit needs to read this book. When we know the long, established history we have inherited from those who have gone before us, and sacrificed so much, we are inspired and “re-fired” to carry on the great fight of faith and bring the gospel of God’s kingdom to the world in all His grace, love, and power. ” –Roberts Liardon, author, God’s Generals
“I believe each generation of believers has a handful of producers that create something significant and enduring. James Strong poured years of his life into creating the 1880 Strong’s concordance, which has blessed generations of believers. In the 1870s, Philip Schaff published The History of the Christian Church in eight volumes. In 1940, William Vine published his Expository Dictionary as a four volume set, and we are also indebted to countless archaeologists and scholars such as Sir William Ramsey in the early twentieth-century. I say this with no embellishment; in your hands you hold a lasting monumental work. This book is essential for every personal library. It is an honor to add my endorsement upon such a work; J.D. King will be thanked for generations to come. –Jonathan Welton, D.Min., President of Welton Academy
“It is with great pleasure that I recommend the new book, Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church by J.D. King. This exhaustive work presents readers with an excellent overview of the divine healing movement throughout church history. It uses critical analysis and insightful biographical narratives to recount the significant stories of the pioneers and leaders of the movement. The work is supported with sound documentation consisting of both primary and secondary sources. While it will certainly be useful to scholars, it will also be appreciated by students, ministers, and laity. One important feature of this research is the attention that King gives to the controversies and extremes surrounding the divine healing movement. In short, he leaves no stone unturned. Through this work, King has shown himself to be a true scholar and solid historian of church history. Well done! ” – Roscoe Barnes III, Ph.D., author, F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind ‘Christ the Healer’
Using the BookRally platform enables me to gauge demand and print the right number of copies. By “pre-ordering” this collection, you’re helping relieve some of the risks of publishing. Without your generous support, the printing of this book may never happen.
Although I hope that interest in this work grows, my basic funding goal is $15,000. With this number, I’ve not factored in the time spent writing and editing the text, thousands of dollars spent on research, or the packaging the books and incentives to send to you. This is just the funding needed to institute the first printing.
If this campaign goes over $15,000, it will make this project more viable. Although this project was not launched to make money, it would be wonderful to see it go much further. Success in this endeavor will make it possible to produce other insightful works.
Once we hit our goal, we will send the first official run to the printer and have them shipped to you before Christmas.
In addition to the three-volume hardcover set, I’ve tried to provide interesting and worthwhile incentives. The rewards include a custom-made solid wood slipcase, historical postcards, and digital downloads. Allow me to elaborate on some of these items.
Historical Postcard Collection
This reward includes eight picture postcards of Smith Wigglesworth, Maria Woodworth-Etter, and other major healing proponents.
Historical Sermons Download
This reward includes over twenty-five messages and audio excerpts from some of the most noted healing evangelists in history. You will hear from:
- John Alexander DowieF.F. Bosworth
- Aimee Semple Mcpherson
- Donald Gee
- Stanley Frodsham
- Oral Roberts
- Jack Coe
- T.L. Osborn
- David Du Plessis
- Derek Prince
- Kathryn Kuhlman
- Agnes Sandford
Twelve Audio Teachings From J. D. King
Another possible reward is a collection of twelve healing messages from J.D. King. This compilation includes the following:
- A Different View of Healing
- Healing Stories
- Healing Through Communion
- Healing and the Kingdom of God
- Healing Workshop
- History of Healing Revivalism
- How To Experience Healing
- Killers of Healing
- Smith Wigglesworth Historical Series (Two Parts)
- Theology of Healing
This reward is a downloadable collection of photographs of major healing proponents. The bulk of the images are from the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century.
Historical Documents Download
Another exciting reward is the Historical Documents Download. This includes a number of public domain works from prominent healing figures. Some of the works included in this package include the following:
- John Wesley, Primitive Physic (1816)
- R. B. Lusk, Testimony Of Facts Concerning The Continuation of Miracles (1832)
- Thomas Boys, The Suppressed Evidence (1832)
- Conyers Middleton, A Free Inquiry Into The Miraculous Powers (1844)
- Charles Cullis, More Faith Cures (1881)
- W. E. Boardman, The Great Physician (1881)
- Mrs. Edward Mix, Faith Cures, And Answers To Prayer (1882)
- Samuel Gracy and Daniel Steele, Healing By Faith Two Essays (1883)
- R. Kelso Carter, Pastor Blumhardt (1883)
- R. Kelso Carter, The Atonement For Sin And Sickness (1884)
- F. E. Grafton, Touching The Hem (1884)
- Record of the International Conference On Divine Healing (1885)
- Charles Cullis, Other Faith Cures (1885)
- Dorothea Trudel, Dorothea Trudel Or The Prayer Of Faith (1885)
- Mary Boardman, Life And Labours of Rev. W. E. Boardman (1887)
- Otto Stockmayer, Sickness And The Gospel (1887)
- E. E. Byrum, Divine Healing Of Soul And Body (1892)
- R. Kelso Carter, Faith Healing Reviewed After Twenty Years (1897)
- E. E. Byrum, The Great Physician and His Power To Heal (1899)
- J. W. Byers, Grace of Healing (1899)
- H. T. Davis, Modern Miracles (1901)
- Percy Dearmer, Body And Soul (1909)
- Richard Howton, Divine Healing And Demon Possession (1909)
- Twelve Books by Maria Woodworth Etter (1885-1925)
- Healing Articles in Pentecostal Periodicals (1903-1913)
- Henry B. Wilson, Does Christ Still Heal? (1917)
- James Moore Hickson, The Healing of Christ In His Church (1920)
- Aimee Semple McPherson, Divine Healing Sermons (1921)
- Eunice Perkins, Joybringer Bosworth: His Life Story (1921)
- Shirley Jackson Case, Art of Healing in Early Christian Times (1923)
- E. Le Bec, Medical Proof Of The Miraculous: A Clinical Study (1923)
- What God Hath Wrought In The Life of Raymond T. Richey (1925)
- Voice of Healing Magazines (1948-1955)
- Gordon Lindsay, Men Who Hear From Heaven (Undated)
- W.V. Grant, The Sign-Gift Ministry In The 20th Century (Undated)
- T. L. Osborn, Seven Steps To Receive Healing From Christ (1955)
- A. A. Allen, Who Can Heal The Sick (Undated)
- Kathryn Kuhlman, Victory In Jesus, Lord’s Healing Touch (Undated)
There are many more works.
I hope you will join me in finalizing Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church. This project has been my labor of love for the last sixteen years.
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