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Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody's Sister (Library of Religious Biography)

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One of the most influential and dynamic evangelists of the twentieth century, Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944) was a complex, lively, and controversial figure with a flair for the dramatic. Against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Sister Aimee, as she was widely known, cultivated her ministry, preaching the "old-fashioned gospel" and calling for a return to simple b ...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published December 22nd 1993 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1993)
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Blumhofer says ASM changed the way American religion is practiced through old-time faith, show biz sensibilities, marketing savvy, and Americanism and she became the personification of the old-time religion by transforming creed into entertainment. She blurred the boundaries of the sacred and the profane. Like Moody did with the media (described by Evenson), Aimee partnered with local politicians, businessmen, and movie execs to gain power. SHe also adopted their marketing strategies of a simple ...more
Very interesting biography that was hard to put down. As my grandmother was first introduced to Pentecostalism through a MacPherson crusade in Montreal in 1920, I was very interested to read about this influential figure, not just regarding North American Christendom, but with regards to my family. The author deals frankly with the controversies in Sister's ministry without sensationalizing. Being a Canadian, I was intrigued at how the author often referred to Aimee's Canadian upbringing to expl ...more
Matthew Shaw
Sister Aimee was perhaps the prototypical televangelist. She glamourized her version of Christianity, and her disappearance became a paradigm for the scandal that continues to plague the world of gimmicky, TV "Christianity."
McPherson was a very interesting person. This book was a good account of her life. The writing at times seemed hard to track with and lacked a steady theme throughout the book, but the content was quite interesting. Hard not to be with the life that was lived!
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