Sarah Osborn's World The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America

ISBN-10: 0300182902

ISBN-13: 9780300182903

Edition: 2013

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In 1743, sitting quietly with pen in hand, Sarah Osborn pondered how to tell the story of her life, how to make sense of both her spiritual awakening and the sudden destitution of her family. Remarkably, the memoir she created that year survives today, as do more than two thousand additional pages she composed over the following three decades.Sarah Osborn's Worldis the first book to mine this remarkable woman’s prolific personal and spiritual record. Catherine Brekus recovers the largely forgotten story of Sarah Osborn's life as one of the most charismatic female religious leaders of her time, while also connecting her captivating story to the rising evangelical movement in eighteenth-century America.A schoolteacher in Rhode Island, a wife, and a mother, Sarah Osborn led a remarkable revival in the 1760s that brought hundreds of people, including many slaves, to her house each week. Her extensive written record—encompassing issues ranging from the desire to be "born again" to a suspicion of capitalism—provides a unique vantage point from which to view the emergence of evangelicalism. Brekus sets Sarah Osborn's experience in the context of her revivalist era and expands our understanding of the birth of the evangelical movement—a movement that transformed Protestantism in the decades before the American Revolution.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 1/8/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
A Memoir, 1743
Never Despair
The Name of Christ
An Afflicted Low Condition
Amazing Grace
Diaries and Letters, 1744-1796
The Lord Gave, and the Lord Hath Taken Away, 1744
No Imaginary Thing, 1753-1755
Pinching Poverty, 1756-1758
Love Thy Neighbor, 1759-1763
Jordan Overflowing, 1765-1774
The Latter Days, 1775-1787
The Open Vision, 1796
Epilogue: A Protestant Saint
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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