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.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Reprinted Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:August 2, 1947
Place of Birth:Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Education:B.A., Tulane University, 1969; M.A. (Applied Linguistics), American University in Cairo, 1971
What People are Saying About This
"Trenchant, fair-minded, gracefully written....Wright brings his subjects into sharp focus with plenty of perceptive details."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A very American struggle....[Wright] memorably articulates his battle...between doubt and belief." Newsweek
"An entertaining, and insightful account...vivid...beautifully rendered stories."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!