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The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement

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"The American Evangelical Story "surveys the role American evangelicalism has had in the shaping of global evangelical history.
Author Douglas Sweeney begins with a brief outline of the key features that define evangelicals and then explores the roots of the movement in English Pietism and the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century. He goes on to consider the importance
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Baker Academic
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Mar 17, 2014 John rated it really liked it
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A highly accessible survey of American evangelicalism. Well-written and interesting. And it did what I wanted it to do: gave me a list of people, places, and events that I want to research further. The reading lists at the end of each chapter are fantastic resources.
Cody Cunningham
A helpful, short read for someone who is just entering the waters of American evangelicalism's history. I particularly liked the fact that Sweeney ended each chapter with a "Suggestions for Further Reading" section.
Craig Forrester
This was a good, concise (less than 200 pages!) overview of evangelicalism in America. For its length, Sweeney probably disproportionately stressed some aspects of the history, but on the whole struck a good balance between mainline (liberal) and evangelical (conservative) -- the latter of which Sweeney terms "fundamentalists." I am a new student to the history of evangelicalism, so it would be interesting to revisit this book after further study and see how balanced it appears after gaining a g ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Tim rated it liked it
Its reading lists are wonderful, but the chapters are an odd mix of too much specificity and too much generality. It is not hagiography, but it holds back too much on criticism (being an insiderish account) and also on the lessons of history. His historical conclusions are sometimes dubious to me and he is too interested in Edwards and his followers, too uncritical of the movement as a whole, too withdrawn from the mixture of church and culture in America. It is adequate, but far from great or i ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing
Although this might not be the best first stop on reading about American Evangelicals (one needs a bit of context to fully appreciate the book), it is a compelling and engaging read. I found this book hard to put down because the "story" is not told from a chronological standpoint, and the author is nearly magical with words at times. Not only did I learn something, I enjoyed doing it. Always a plus when you are required to read a book!
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Jul 21, 2011 Seven Black rated it liked it
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Most interesting for me about this book is the voice it is written in.

I'd not before read a religious history from the point of view of someone who considers themselves part of the movement they are writing about. It was a little difficult to deal with at times, but nevertheless fascinating.
Oct 25, 2012 Will rated it really liked it
This is my first read into the forays of American Church history. I think it was informative, but I will need to balance it with other works to get context.
Matt Anderson
*Note: Although I read much of this book, I did not read the entire book. I only read what was required by my graduate school.*
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Douglas A. Sweeney (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is professor of church history and the history of Christian thought and chair of the department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of The American Evangelical Story.
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