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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, 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-time religion" and calling for a return to simple biblical Christi ...more
Paperback, 445 pages
Published December 22nd 1993 by Eerdmans (first published January 1st 1993)
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Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book because all I really knew about Sister Aimee was from the Pete Seeger song. He mocks her disappearance in 1926 as an excuse to meet her lover at a local resort. It's a really fun song.

Turns out her disappearance is a mystery that will probably never be solved, sorry Pete.

Aimee was an evangelist. She traveled the country for years focusing her ministry around the baptism of the Holy Spirit and healing prayer. In the 1920's she found the Foursquare Church here in LA and built th
Susie Meister
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
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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."
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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