Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson [EPUB]

Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson [EPUB]
Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson by Daniel Mark Epstein
2014 | EPUB | 5.0MB

Once considered the premier evangelist and faith healer of her day, Sister Aimee built a church in Los Angeles called The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. A mixture of evangelism and the cult of personality, the church is today valued at over $300 million. Upon her death in 1944, recounts her biographer, poet and novelist Epstein, "Eulogies in the world press were lengthy, impassioned and full of praise. In death people did not hesitate to compare her to John Knox, John Wesley, Martin Luther, or Dwight Moody." Yet modern histories of Christianity do not even mention her or her church.

A sympathetic biographer who occasionally juxtaposes a personal and academic tone, Epstein is often reluctant to fault McPherson for poor judgment or zealotry. Still, his labor is exhaustive; the extensive notes, bibliography, and index he has produced should prove useful to students of early 20th-century Christianity, particularly as it flourished on the West Coast. Recommended for women's studies and religion collections.