Sarah Osborn’s World reflects unusually industrious research, profound historical insight, and extraordinary human empathy. It offers a superb depiction of the long and complex life of a woman who was at the heart of eighteenth-century American evangelical history. The remarkable character of that life is matched by the remarkable success of this book."—Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame
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“Sarah Osborn’s World describes the emergence of evangelicalism with incomparable precision and profound grace, using the struggling life of one woman to convey the grand scope of eighteenth-century history. I defy anyone to read this book and not remain haunted by its subject.”—Kathryn Lofton, author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon
"Sarah Osborn’s World is written beautifully and reads like a novel. The beginning undergraduate or non-historian will turn the pages with delight, but the academic specialist will long ponder the significance of this book for his or her own work. The life of Sarah Osborn is not only narrated splendidly on its own terms but also carefully placed to illuminate a wide range of scholarly discussions of religion and culture in which Brekus is well-informed. There is no better biographical study of an eighteenth-century religious woman."—Bruce Hindmarsh, author of The Evangelical Conversion Narrative
“Fascinating . . . remarkable . . . an eloquently written, extraordinarily deep contextual portrayal of life in the 18th century.”—Jonathan M. Yeager, Books & Culture
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“Illuminating . . . authoritative [and] accessible.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[A] stunning achievement”—Janet Moore Lindman, William and Mary Quarterly
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Winner of the 2013 Aldersgate Prize given by John Wesley Honors College, Indiana Wesleyan University.
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“Insightful”—Laura Porter, Catholic Historical Review
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Won an Honorable Mention for the 2013 New England Book Festival given by the JM Northern Media Family of Festivals, in the General Non-Fiction Category.
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“Remarkable . . . [Brekus] displays real sensitivity toward Osborn’s struggles.”—Thomas S. Kidd, Gospel Coalition
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Received an Honorable Mention for the 2013 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE), in the Theology & Religious Studies category.
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“Magnificent . . . beautifully written, deeply researched, and effectively argued . . . the best kind of historical writing . . . a compassionate and sensitive understanding . . . an eminently readable book.”—Edward E. Andrews, New England Quarterly
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Winner of the 2015 Outler Prize sponsored by the American Society for Chruch History.
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