American Personal Religious Accounts, 1600-1980 Toward an Inner History of America's Faiths

Author: Alexander, Jon
Year:1983
Pages:501
ISBN:0-88946-654-8
978-0-88946-654-8
Price:349.95
Designed as a resource for teachers and students of American religious and cultural history. Over one hundred excerpts covering over three hundred years with accounts written by men and women from over thirty different Christian, Jewish, Native American, Eastern, and esoteric traditions. Such diverse figures as Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Seton, Frances Willard, and Malcolm X are represented, and each selection is prefaced by biographical and bibliographical data. Also includes an informative introduction and an impressive annotated bibliography of the five hundred accounts from which the excerpted hundred were culled.

Reviews

"Occasionally a book comes along that is able to deal with an area of popular concern but to do so with a style and approach that single it out as an innovative and original piece. [This] is one such work. . . . an entertaining, highly useful, and important book." - The Catholic Historical Review

"[O]ne surmises that few subsequent books on this topic will be written with more scholarly precision, excellent documentation, and more insightful and careful interpretation of facts." - Review for Religious "[O]ne surmises that few subsequent books on this topic will be written with more scholarly precision, excellent documentation, and more insightful and careful interpretation of facts." - Review for Religious ". . . a useful work." - Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church ". . . a work well worth being familiar with . . . . The one hundred excerpts provide the broadest sample of American personal religious writing available in one book and describe a variety of religious experiences." - Dominican Ashram

" . . . useful, well prepared, and rich in content. . . . This volume should be found in all academic libraries as well as well as in the personal holdings of any serious student of American religion." - Baptist History and Heritage ". . . a unique contribution. Surprisingly, a work of this type [did] not exist in all the copious literature on American religious history." - Pennsylvania History "For the moment the work stands as the only anthology of its kind focused comprehensively upon the American experience. It should serve well as a college-level sourcebook . . . ." - Choice ". . . will have great appeal to students of spirituality, faith development, personal religion, American religion, the psychology of religion, [and] American history and studies. It contains a wealth of material manageably arranged to be of maximum benefit." - Spirituality Today ". . . a fascinating book that greatly expands one's sense of U.S.A. religion . . . a unique volume that gives new penetration into the inner chambers of the American religious psyche." - ADRIS