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Grant Us Courage: Travels Along the Mainline of American Protestantism [Hardcover]

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Balmer, the author and host of PBS's Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, offers a vivid, first-hand look at mainline Protestantism at the close of the century. He crisscrossed America to visit 12 churches that represent important strands of Christianity in America, resulting in a remarkable narrative of our nation.

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In 1950, Christian Century ran a series of articles on twelve churches, some large, some small, each representing a strand of American mainline Protestantism. Now, nearly fifty years later, Randall Balmer--author and host of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, the acclaimed book and PBS series on American evangelicism--has revisited each of these twelve churches to take the pulse of Protestantism today. The result is a remarkable narrative, graced with touches of local color and memorable portraits of the people involved, and filled with deft observations and carefully nuanced insights about Protestantism at century's end.
Much as he did in Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Balmer crisscrosses America to give us a first-hand look at how Christianity has fared in the last half-century. What emerges is a church challenged by diminished influence, but with signs of hope for the future. For instance, he takes us to West Hartford, Connecticut, where we learn how a gregarious pastor, Bob Heppenstall, rekindled the spirit of the First Church of Christ Congregational--still housed in its stately, classic New England meetinghouse--that had suffered from inept management until recent years. And in Ames, Iowa, at the Collegiate United Methodist Church, we watch George White struggle to regain his church's once dominant voice in the religious life of the town, a voice now dimmed by the growth of fundamentalism. Some churches have held steadfastly to long-established roles, such as the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, in Decorah, Iowa, which has been a model of continuity, serving its Norwegian-American community in much the same way since it was founded in 1851. And Balmer also visits some thriving churches, such as Hollywood's First Presbyterian Church, led by the great preacher John Lloyd Ogilvie, who was recently appointed chaplain of the U.S. Senate. In Minneapolis, Balmer encounters Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, a congregation that has not only increased its membership, but can now call itself the biggest Lutheran church in the world.
In Grant Us Courage, one of our most thoughtful chroniclers of the American scene offers an intimate look at mainline Protestantism at the close of the century. We come away with the feeling of having been there, of having listened to the voices of an important segment of Christian life, and of having found a deeper understanding of religious life in America today.

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Grant Us Courage: Travels Along the Mainline of American Protestantism by Randall Herbert Balmer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/09/1995
  • Kirkus Reviews - 10/01/1995 page 1391
  • Library Journal - 11/01/1995 page 69
  • Booklist - 01/01/1996 page 752

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.59" Width: 5.85" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 18, 1996
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195100867  
ISBN13  9780195100860  

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Randall Balmer is John Phillips Professor in Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. A prolific and highly esteemed writer, he is the author of "Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America"; " God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush"; and "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America." He lives in rural Connecticut.

Randall Herbert Balmer currently resides in Redgewood, in the state of New Jersey. Randall Herbert Balmer was born in 1954.

Randall Herbert Balmer has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Religion in America

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