“Samuel Chadwick cuts to the heart of the matter in his classic book, The Way to Pentecost. Christianity is hopeless without the Holy Spirit and no other book I have ever read on the subject so clearly analyzes both our spiritual problems and God’s wonderful promise of the supply of the Holy Spirit.” –Pastor Jim Cymbala, the Brookyln Tabernacle
As the young pastor of a self-satisfied English congregation in the 1880s, Samuel Chadwick was so frustrated over his lack of power in the pulpit that he collected his sermons in a pile and set fire to them. The result was immediate: The Holy Spirit fell on him.
The new vitality in his preaching was evident in his very next sermon, at which seven people came to Christ. Within a few years his reputation had grown to the point that the chapel was full a half-hour before the service, and police had to be called in to control the crowds. This book, The Way to Pentecost, was being printed when he died in 1932.