Thank God for Friends that My Books Have Made

Reflections on Two Decades of Scholarship (After Pentecost)

  • Amos Yong


Early in my career I was at a session of the American Academy of Religion (if memory serves me right) devoted to a panel engagement of one of William J. Abraham’s (of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University) recently published books (at that time, which title I no longer recall), when I heard him open his response with something along the following lines: “Books are like children; as they grow up, you never know what kinds of friends they are going to bring home.” I have repeated something like this in the years since, and its basic sentiment is gestured to also in the title of this response I am providing to the set of papers collected here. In the following, I want to both express my gratitude to these friends my books have made and do so by interacting with the thoughts they have expressed.

How to Cite
Yong, A. (2020). Thank God for Friends that My Books Have Made. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 21(1), 49-56. Retrieved from
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