Saints and Sinners: Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox

Saints and Sinners: Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox

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by Lawrence Wright
     
 

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In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder.Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before he was caught with a, prostitute in

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In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder.Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before he was caught with a, prostitute in a seedy motel; Anton LaVey, the kitsch-loving, gleefully fraudulent founder of the First Church of Satan; Madalyn Murray O'Hair, whose litigious atheism sometimes resembled a brand of faith; Matthew Fox, the Dominican priest who has aroused the fury of the Vatican for dismissing the doctrine of original sin and denouncing the church as a dysfunctional family; Walker Railey, the rising star of Dallas's Methodist church, who, at the pinnacle of his success, was suspected of attempting to murder his wife; and Will Campbell, the eccentric liberal Southern Baptist preacher whose challenges to established ways of thinking have made him a legend in his own time.By letting us listen to their voices and see the individuals in all their complexities, Lawrence Wright has written a richly fascinating book about the passions, triumphs, and failures of the life of faith.

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ISBN-13:
9780307790712
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
2 MB

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Saints and Sinners; Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'hair, Anton LaVey, ... 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Joshua Patterson More than 1 year ago
Though this book may take a more secular approach in its view of these vibrant and flamboiant personalities, I'd hardly say the crime boss that was brother Jimmy would qualify as a fit teacher of the Gospel of Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago, and personally, of all the featured people, I'd rather hang out with Anton Lavay than any of the others. He atleast knew what he was and did not try to convince people he was any great saint.
wittmaster More than 1 year ago
I dont have to say alot for a Christian to understand! Jimmy Swaggart is A Man Of God! The Holy Spirit works through Bro. Swaggart and anyone who will look on his website or turn on sonlife broadcasting you will see how the Holy Spirit works! Bro. Swaggart isnt perfect just like any other human in this world. So I can say to the writer and to anyone who disagrees with me: anyone has went you life saved or unsaved cast the first stone! Dont waste you time reading this to see what Bro. Swaggart went through in a tough time when evil spirits was opressing this man with all they had! Because like always Jesus gets the Victory!