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Rally the Scattered Believers: Northern New England's Religious Geography (Religion in North America) Hardcover – April 30, 2014

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Product Details

  • Series: Religion in North America
  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (April 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253012104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253012104
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this beautifully written and richly researched work, Shelby Balik shows how the travels of early nineteenth century Methodists, Universalists and freewill Baptist itinerant missionaries and congregations recreated the geography of New England Protestantism, setting in motion (literally) a tension between religious rootedness and religious uprootedness, center and periphery, that endures to today. Early American religious history in Balik’s retelling of it is one of bodies in constant movement in and out and around the city on the hill. The delight Balik takes in maps and journeys is infectious. This is a wonderful addition to American religious historiography." —Robert Orsi, Northwestern University

About the Author

Shelby M. Balik is Assistant Professor of American History at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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Shelby M. Balik grew up in southern California, but has since lived in Rhode Island, Michigan, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Illinois, and now Colorado. She holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a brief stint teaching high school, she earned her Ph.D. in history, and now teaches American history at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has begun work on a new book about religious life in the home in eighteenth-century North America.

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It is not often in the course of human history that one individual delivers such a magnificent addition to the wealth of mankind's knowledge as is encompassed in this sagacious tome by Shelby Balik. The audacious genius of the author and her acute prose made this an absolutely riveting work which brought me to both tears and laughter. After I finished reading this book I felt as if I had partaken in a transcendent spiritual experience that allowed me a glimpse of the Almighty and lovingly swaddled me in the the very fabric of existence.

This book should be required reading at every grade level. It should be the only gift you give anyone ever again. It should be read to children time and time again, as it is sure to become an instant classic beloved by all ages. A room should be dedicated in your domicile solely for the veneration of this academic and artistic masterwork.
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