"Sunday in New York" is a memorable read into the ministry of Billy Sunday highlighted by unique appearances of distinct individuals who played a role in 1917 America at the beginning of our declaration of war against Germany. It is an inspirational read with an intriguing story line. I highly recommend it.
Dr. Alan Potter, Shepherds Theological Seminary.
"Sunday in New York" is a dynamic and riveting story of Billy Sunday, America's outstanding evangelist of the early 20th Century. His powerful Gospel meetings resulted in a spiritual awakening in New York City in 1917 on the eve of World War I. Don't miss this insightful portrayal of the most dynamic preacher of his time.
Dr. Ed Hindson, Dean Emeritus, Liberty University
Robert Allen, in his engaging work "Sunday In New York," has captured the excitement and tensions of the most famous campaign of the athletic evangelist Billy Sunday and his wife and manager Nell, whom he affectionally called "Ma."
Dr. Mark Marston Norris, Curator, Billy Sunday Museum
“Sunday In New York” by Robert A. Allen is an historical novel worth reading. Not only does it capture the powerful spiritual impact of Billy Sunday’s great 1917 New York City Crusade and all the “behind-the-scenes” efforts that go into such a crusade, but it is written with all of the human interest elements that make for exciting reading. The sinister plots to disrupt the crusade, the fascinating interaction among the characters both for and against the crusade, and the romantic thread throughout the novel between two seemingly mismatched people all make for reading that once I started, I could not put it down.
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, New York City, retired
Host, “A Voice from Broadway” on WOR Radio, 17 years
We yearn to see God's power unleashed. Truth be told, we crave something more than seeing it; we would love to be part of it ourselves. Thanks to Robert Allen, we can travel back a century to watch God's saving power bring thousands to Christ through Billy Sunday. The best part of it? We get to see how God used people who were no different, no stronger than we are today. This book makes me thankful for what God did, and it quickens my hope for what he might do -- through someone like me.
Dr. James Lytle, President
Clarks Summit University, Pennsylvania
Robert Allen has done it again with his second novel on the theme of revival. He explores the global future of the church with a captivating tale of passing the torch to the next generation. Take fascinating characters in subplots set around the globe. Throw in details of innovation, missionary work, theology, revivalism, music, and church history. Add a love story for good measure. I guarantee you will enjoy this book as I did!
Randy L. Miller
Graduate Research Librarian, Liberty University
While the story was captivating, more intriguing was the exploration of evangelical Christianity outside of the cultural expectations American believers have come to equate with Christianity. The plot subtly, yet pointedly, explores biblical Christianity compared with mere cultural trappings masquerading as Christianity. What I thought would be a critique of the megachurch trend ended up making me question why we do the things we do in American evangelicalism. More importantly, why do we demand that the world accept the American version of the church as the only way to follow Christ?
Dr. Tamim Khaliqi
United States Anesthesia Providers, Denver, Colorado
Robert Allen, author of a book about evangelist Billy Sunday whose salvationist successor was Billy Graham, has written an incredibly timely book, what with the recent revelation (at this writing) that Rick Warren, perhaps America's best known mega-pastor, has announced plans for his church to identify a successor after his forty years of quarterbacking Saddleback. Pastoral succession, especially in mega-churches, can be one thorny problem, as is evidenced by the multiple immediate successors of W.A. Criswell prior to the finial fit. In this book Allen has taken a novel approach to the problem by incorporating a bit of riveting romance in the recipe for Rev. Replacement. Readers are in for a wild ride through the imagination of Allen and his fascinating biblical theme park with which the Disneyesque author opens his book. He has put some fun in fundamentalism with this adventurous book.
Archivist (1999-2013), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Robert Allen uses creative illustration and allegory to tell a compelling story about a family’s struggle with ambition and authentic faith. You may lose yourself in the drama but find for yourself what is most important in the end!
Dr. Matt Morrell
Pastor, Fourth Baptist Church of Minneapolis
President, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
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Robert Allen was born into a pastor's family in Baker, Montana in 1946. He traveled as a song leader and soloist with his church-planting father even before he started school. His father would stand him on a chair to lead singing or render his solo version of "A Christian Cowboy." Together they started churches in an empty saloon ("The Bloody Bucket") and the bottom of a swimming pool, sans water, of course.
The Bible Story Family began with a weekly radio broadcast on WRVL Radio. Kent and Tammy couldn’t even read yet, but they had short lines and memorized them. Chad and Wendy, along with their parents, Bob and Carmen Allen, read from a script.
Two stories each week, one right from the Bible, and another contemporary story which illustrated the Bible truth. Stories like “Super Friends” and “David’s Merry Day.” Later my father, Arthur Allen, transferred all of the stories to cassette tapes and made them available as he traveled in prophecy conferences. Eventually the contemporary stories which had been based on verses in Proverbs 15, became the book Character Needed, available from Regular Baptist Press.
When Kent attended Pillsbury Bible College he was approached by a girl who said, “I know your voice. You’re Kent Allen from the Bible Story Family. We listened to your stories every night before we went to sleep.” Her name was Dorinda Lind, and a few years later he married her.
Bob has switched from the pulpit to the classroom throughout the years, while always telling and writing stories. In the classroom he has taught storytelling, doctrine, preaching, acting and interpersonal communications. In the pulpit he has used a storytelling expository sermon method. His books feature drama, biography, delivery techniques and theology. His first novel recounts the story of Evangelist Billy Sunday's ten-week New York City campaign in 1917. Available from Cross Link Publishers. Second and third novels in the Revival Series are now available from Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock. "Megachurch" and "Revival in the Rockies."
The last good king of Judah before the captivity battles with the forces of the false god Baal.
Satan tries to destroy the line of David to prevent the coming of the Messiah. Joash survives and becomes king as a young boy.
The "story" of Genesis needs to be told, because it is the story of God. Complete commentary in a narrative style.
Piano Quartet, Eight hands, two pianos. "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" and "Rejoice, the Lord is King."
Gentle lessons in table manners, demonstrated by a blue lobster, illustrated for children by Katie Allen.
A Children's musical, encouraging kindness and friendship to all, through an Alice-in-Wonderland character that feeds on actual words. Music by Carmen Allen.
Four generations of the Allen family have enjoyed the Montana adventures of Jic and Joc. Both dragons and little boys need to play fair. Illustrated by Katie Allen
Thirty-Six video scripts for children and teens
Stories from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College - with Randy Miller
Stories, Skits and Discussion questions based on the Fruit of the Spirit, with a Western Flavor