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Fire in My Bones: Transcendence and the Holy Spirit in African American Gospel / Edition 1

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Roland L. Freeman Phiadelphia, PA 2000 Soft cover First Edition New. No Jacket Book. 6 x 9. 408pp incl appendix, notes, biblio, acks, index, many b/w photos thruout, fp of ... gospel singers, The Branchettes; SC, pictorial white wraps with brown and black on spine and face; as new, crisp, clean and bright. Read more Show Less

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Glenn Hinson focuses on a single gospel program and offers a major contribution to our understanding not just of gospel but of the nature of religious experience.

A key feature of African American performance is the layering of performative voices and the constant shifting of performative focus. To capture this layering, Hinson demonstrates how all the parts of the gospel program work together to shape a single whole, joining speech and song, performer and audience, testimony, prayer, preaching, and singing into a seamless and multifaceted service of worship. Personal stories ground the discussion at every turn, while experiential testimony fuels the unfolding arguments. Fire in My Bones is an original exploration of experience and belief in a community of African American Christians, but it is also an exploration of African American aesthetics, the study of belief, and the ethnographic enterprise.

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"Ethnography at its best. Highly recommended."—Choice

"A superb ethnographic study of African American 'sanctified' faith. . . . Ethnography at its best. Highly recommended."—Choice

"A must-read for anyone interested in religious discourse, Black gospel programs, or description and explanation of religious experience within any domain."—Language in Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812217179
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Contemporary Ethnography
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Hinson teaches anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Seeking Understanding: "You Got to Be in It to Feel It" 1
2 Belief, Knowledge, and Experience: "The Lord Can Be Mysterious" 9
3 Experiencing the Holy: "Just Like Fire Shut Up in My Bones" 14
4 A Conversation: "You've Got to Open the Door" 25
5 Beginnings: "Happy to Be in the House of Worship" 30
6 Scripture: "It's About Being Sincere in Your Heart" 43
7 Prayer: "The Vibrations of the Holy Spirit Go Out There" 53
8 A Conversation: "It's the Words of Him That's Speaking Through Me" 74
9 Song: "Sing Till the Power of the Lord Comes Down" 84
10 Praise: "Up Above My Head, I Hear Singing in the Air" 110
11 Welcome: "Not for the Appointment, but for the Anointment" 125
12 Response: "God Ain't Coming into No Dead Heart" 149
13 The Emcee: "If You Have a Dry Emcee, You Have a Dry Anniversary" 163
14 Format: "Let's Give the Lord a Praise" 189
15 Purpose: "The Anointing of God Breaks the Yokes" 203
16 False Purpose: "We Didn't Come for No Form of Fashion" 230
17 Elevation: "Go Slow, Rise High, Catch on Fire, and Sit Down" 264
18 Invitation: "The Souls of Many Are Yet Lost" 308
19 Benediction: "May the Grace of God Rest, Rule, and Abide" 314
Appendix: Stepping Around Experience and the Supernatural 327
Notes 335
Bibliography 377
Acknowledgments 391
Index 397
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