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With the respect of an insider and the objectivity of a scholar, Ruelas offers us the remarkable story of a leader, very human, but with transcendent vision, who, against all odds, established the institutions that allowed her to fulfill that vision and who influenced countless others to do the same." Kimberly Ervin Alexander Regent University
Ruelas is to be commended for his balanced treatment of a gifted woman whose ministry included being a radio preacher, a denominational founder, an earnest supporter of Israel and an educator who established what today is Patten University." Rev. Dr. Susie C. Stanley Messiah College (Retired)
Abraham Ruelas has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Patten University, a B.A. in Mass Communication from CSU East Bay, and a Ph.D. in Communication Research from Stanford University. At Patten University "Dr. Abe" is Dean of Campus Programs, Chair of the Psychology Department, and Professor of Communication and Psychology. He is also an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. Ruelas is a Pentecostal feminist who focuses his scholarship on gender studies of women in leadership within Christianity. He is the author of "Women and the Landscape of American Higher Education: Wesleyan Holiness and Pentecostal Founders" (Wipf and Stock, 2010), "No Room for Doubt: The Life and Ministry of Bebe Patten," (William Seymour Press, 2012), and "The Role of Female Seminaries on the Road to Social Justice for Women" (Wipf and Stock, 2015).
In his second book, Stanford trained Scholar Dr. Abraham Ruelas writes in depth about the life and times of religious Woman pioneer and friend of Israel Dr. Bebe Patten. Written from an insiders POV, Ruelas grounds this story within the Historical trajectory of the "Girl Evagelists" of the 20s and 30s. This book is a must read for students of Gender Studies of that era. Written like a Russian Novel, the true life story, takes unexpected twists and turns along the way, peppered with salvation, sass, and religious symbolism, wallpapered against a depression era America looking for answers amidst agnst and even court room drama. As a former screenwriter I see the story quite visually, I couldn't put the book down, as a professional Journalist, and a professor of Mass Media, two thumbs up!
Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez Deputy Managing Editor Herald De Paris et cie
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From a social perspective, Ruelas conveys the Christian culture of the time. A culture that was so manipulated by its charismatic leaders that they were blinded to the reality of thievery and lies. From a Christian leader point of view, it is a manuscript of what NOT to do in ministry, but it also gives a clearer perspective from where the Christian church has come. The many mistakes of the early 20th century ministries lead to an emergence of Biblical based leadership and Serving Shepherds. This is the message throughout this book, God's plans and mission will faithfully continue regardless of human interference, and the Patten Community in Oakland, California is a perfect example of that. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCH LEADERS!
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