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Rezension: '[The} definitive biography.' The Times Literary Supplement 'Barfoot is an insightful, sympathetic admirer of 'Sister Aimee,' but also critical. He offers the most thorough treatment of McPherson until 1926 and the most comprehensive use of primary sources. It is a fascinating story. Recommended.' CHOICE 'Basing his work on thorough research, [Barfoot] writes with dedication and passion, inviting readers to understand the complexities of an inimitable woman who founded a religion that continues to thrive.' Reference and Research Book News 'This is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman. Extraordinary not only in her burning desire to evangelize the unchurched population of Los Angeles but also in her skill in using all the techniques of the Hollywood film industry to this purpose. It would have been easy for the author to use the rich material at his disposal for either a devastating scandal story or a hagiographic romance, as others have done before. Aimee's biography offers all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller. The author avoids both temptations. Instead, he successfully tries to understand this woman in her ambiguity.' Professor Dr. Walter J. Hollenweger, Krattigen, Switzerland 'This is a large book about a very large subject. Aimee Semple McPherson towers over the religious and cultural history of America in the early years of the 20th century. And now since Pentecostalism - after World War II - has become the fastest growing segment of Christianity, her inluence is even more significant that it was a half century ago. A genuine original, Aimee was immensely talented, intensely dedicated, overwhelmeingly charming and utterly unpredictable, She cut a huge swath wherever she moved and was surely - after Eleanor Roosevelt - the most famous American woman of her time. Charles Barfoot's comprehensive biography will now become the book of record on her controversial and legendary life. But it is something different from, and better than, the standard academic biography. Barfoot is fair and even-handed, but Barfoot also loves Aimee! Also Barfoot knows and loves the spiritual tradition Aimee led and shaped. Taken together these two affairs d'amour make for a wonderfully readable account. It is past time for Aimee Semple McPherson to take her place among the epochal figures in American history, and this book can make that happen.' Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity, Harvard University and author of Fire from Heaven and The Future of Faith 'Blending decades of Aimee research with his own formation among Pentecostals, religious historian Charles Barfoot has crafted an insightful and informative portrait of burgeoning Pentecostalism draped about one of its most colorful yet seriously underrrated figures.' Russ Spittler, Provost Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary 'Thanks for sharing the good news about the planned publishing of your book...I feel sure that your writings will be first class...' Dr. Rolf K. McPhersonA (Aimee's son), May 28, 2005 'This book is as much a history of Pentecostalism and the development of mystical religion as it is an account of the rise and fall of one of the most influential evangelists in the 20th century.' Missiology 'Barfoot's account of the first thirty-six years of McPherson's life is deeply personal - Barfoot's wonderfully detailed and well-written biography - will force future historians to broaden their descriptions of early Penetcostalism beyond the lower class, doctrinally narrow, and culturally insular pictures that are customary.' - Fides et Historia
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