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Sister Aimee was a scamp in school, a young widow in China, and a neurotic housewife in Rhode Island, but when the Lord spoke to her, she accepted her ministry and began preaching. This book “fills a significant gap in the history of revivalism” (New York Times Book Review). Photographs.
A powerhouse biography, Sister Aimee fills a significant gap in the history of revivalism, America's most distinctive religious form, with the sensational tale of Aimee McPherson--an evangelist who had greater drawing power than Houdini, Teddy Roosevelt, or P.T. Barnum before she paid the price for her fame.
|1||The Early Years|
|Mount Forest, Ontario, 1915||3|
|The Old-time Power||76|
|Mount Forest, 1915||79|
|2||Her Rise to Fame|
|Corona, New York, 1916||95|
|A Miraculous Healing||106|
|The Gypsy Life||126|
|3||The Healing Touch|
|Washington, D.C., 1920||177|
|The Rising Tide||184|
|The Great Campaigns||215|
|The First Abduction||241|
|New Year's, 1923||247|
|At Home in Los Angeles, 1924||259|
|Aimee vs. Minnie, 1927||322|
|5||The Final Years|
|Attar of Roses||355|
|Sharing the Stage, L.A., 1935||390|
|Index of Biblical Passages and References||471|
|Chronology of Aimee Semple McPherson||473|
Posted November 13, 2007
When I saw this book, I wanted to walk on by it. I had no interest in Aimee Semple McPherson. But something grabbed me, and I gave it a try. I couldn't put it down! The combination of Epstein's story-telling, and the facts of her life mesmerized me. Her life unfolded like the bud of a flower. Her life was a marvelous combination of spirituality, the blessing of God when she yielded to Him, and reaping what she sowed when she went out of bounds. But instead of looking down on her, it was a feeling of looking under a microscope and probing the life of a huge personality........finding marvelous highs and very sad lows. Epstein's telling of it landed the ball at my feet: I wondered how my life would read, if it were a book. It challenged me to think long and hard about myself. How am I living what I believe? ~ All in all, I came to the end of the book, with such satisfaction, that I couldn't read another book for at least two months. It stayed with me that long! It was the same feeling that you get when you've had the most marvelous steak dinner, and you just don't want to eat another bite of anything else, because what you've just eaten was magnificent. Because, in reading about her life, you read about someone who at least dared to try.....
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