Author Sarah Baldwin
What would you do if God showed up when you least expected it? On February 8, 2023, there was a spontaneous outpouring of God’s love on Asbury’s campus, leading many to wonder: “What’s happening here?” and, “Is this real?” Now, you can witness the event through Sarah Baldwin’s firsthand account of what happened when God showed up and decide for yourself what you think it all means.
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Just as the world watched what seemed to be religious stability collapsing beneath scandals, cynicism, and skepticism, something happened among Gen-Z students on a campus in Kentucky. This volume, by one of the closest observers of the Asbury revival, shows us what happened, and why it ought to shake us, whatever our generation, out of complacency and despair. The Spirit is still on the move, and pays no attention to our forecasts and blueprints. In an era of diminished expectations, this is the book we need.
It is hard to believe, but this book tells a true tale. God showed up at Asbury University unexpectedly at (of all places) a chapel. God always does that—showing up unexpected in the least anticipated places. What this story shows us is that God is not done and will leave no generation without a witness. It is an honor to endorse this book. But it is all the more an honor to endorse its author—my friend Sarah Baldwin—who has faithfully stewarded what God has been doing at Asbury since everything went down. Hold on to your horses. This story is almost unbelievable.
With every outpouring of God’s presence, people often line up to ask, “Where’s the fruit?” In this delightful, joy-filled book, we discover the fruit of God showing up at Asbury University. By the time you finish the last page, you’ll be longing for more of Jesus, His presence, His Power, and His goodness in your life. This is a gift of writing you won’t want to stop reading.
Considerable commentary on the Asbury Outpouring has originated from non-proximate voices. In Generation Awakened readers will get to experience Sarah’s first-person account of the beauty, complexity, hunger, peace, and transformation that marked those historic 16 days in February, 2023. This is a book of hope and encouragement—a detailed narration of the holy imagination and selfless hospitality that fostered a spiritual unfolding unlike anything we have seen in the 21st Century.
What happened at Asbury University in February of 2023? As word of a never-ending chapel service spread like wildfire across social media, the world couldn’t understand what was happening. For generations of people so far removed from the Great Awakening or The New Divinity, no context could help the curious scores of questioners understand. In her first-person account, Sarah Baldwin explores the mystery of what was lavishly unleashed in Kentucky and is still rippling through the world today.
As a fellow participant, I’m grateful for Sarah’s storytelling and testimony! As a fellow teammate alongside her, I was in tears remembering those sweet days and the honor to steward together. As a brother in Christ, I’m so excited for this for the Church and those curious about what God did for sixteen days in our midst. Pick this up, read it, and grow in hunger for a new work in your chapels, churches, and contexts!
Everybody wants an encounter with the divine. But it can be tempting to try to manufacture religious experiences, make God into what we want God to be, or manipulate the movement of God in our lives.
So, what happens when God shows up organically and unexpectedly, on an average day on a college campus…and changes everything?
On February 8, 2023, a Gen Z-led chapel at Asbury University sparked an unplanned, unproduced outpouring of God’s love that would ultimately draw thousands of people from
around the world to the tiny town of Wilmore, Kentucky, all in search of something – to satisfy their curiosity, to find hope, to meet God.
Meanwhile, those who watched from a distance wondered: “What’s happening here?” and, “Is this real?”
In Generation Awakened, Sarah Baldwin, Vice President of Student Life at Asbury, gives a firsthand, day-by-day account of the Asbury revival: the tangible presence of God’s love; the intersection of the human and the divine; the complex decisions that stewarded the movement; and the stories of freedom, healing, and reconciliation that poured out of Hughes Auditorium during those two remarkable weeks in February.
As you read, you will be transported into the room with Sarah, giving you a chance to witness what happened for yourself and decide what you think it means. This book isn’t an explanation; it’s an invitation – to go on the journey as it unfolded and to, perhaps, have your own encounter with the divine in its pages.
For anyone who wants something to believe in, who is longing for something bigger, who desperately hopes that God is not only real but is loving and good…prepare to be surprised, amazed, and have your faith restored by the authentic presence of God.