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ISBN-13: 978-0312452254 ISBN-10: 031245225X Edition: First Edition

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About the Author

THOMAS S. KIDD (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of history at Baylor University. He has focused his research on American religion and has published several articles on the subject, especially on the colonial period. He has authored the books The Protestant Interest: New England after Puritanism and Awakenings: The First Generation of American Evangelical Christianity. Professor Kidd has led a Baylor conference on the global challenges facing Christianity, served on the university's advisory presidential search committee, and works as a mentor to the university's Crane Scholars Program.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; First Edition edition (October 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031245225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312452254
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas S. Kidd teaches history at Baylor University, and is Associate Director of Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion. Dr. Kidd writes at the Anxious Bench blog at Patheos.com. He also regularly contributes for outlets such as WORLD Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and USA Today. His latest books are George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father; and Baptists in America: A History, with co-author Barry Hankins. Find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomas.kidd and on Twitter @ThomasSKidd

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Cotham on July 4, 2010
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I've never read a book that is laid out the way this one is. It has a "brief history" and then the text of the original documents referred to in the "brief". This book discusses the changing attitudes regarding the way religion was being taught in the mid 1700's- opposing the traditional "preach from the pulpit" versus a trend toward large outdoor "revivals". The traditionalists felt the revival was too casual and way too raucous to teach the respect and responsibility "the church" deserved. The revivalists saw a needed niche for bringing the gospel to workers who lived away from the town centers. Some also found that the "revival" experience of these Americans was no less "religious" but had a more real and lasting influence. After a period of waning interest in "the Church", Americans were coming back to the fold through the revival. The words of the likes of George Whitefield spoke to the individualism that came to be the hallmark of the colonial American.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Magee on August 26, 2010
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This book is interesting. It is about a totally forgotten part of history that is so important. The book is about the great spirtual awaking that swept this nation in the 1740s to 1750s. The event had a huge impact on the country. Many said it gave birth to the evangelical movement here in the US.

The book is put together differently than most history books. The first part of the book is a summary of the event. The rest of the book is a collection of letters about the event. That method has some pluses and minuses for sure. The plus side is you see the event from the people's eyes. That creates a new perspective and appreciation for the event. The negative side is you don't get the big picture of what happened.

I was really intrigued with the descriptions of the revials. These events sound like any similar event in US history all the way up to Franklin Graham. I was also intrigued by the letters from people that were against said events. They called them horrible because it unhinged people's emotions. That reminded me of the discussions today from the mainline dying denominations vs. the charismatic/fundamentalist/evangelist meetings of today. It shows the more things change the more they stay the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kenneth D. Krieger on August 20, 2009
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I am doing a TV show on the subject of "The Great Awakening" with subjects such as George Whitefiel, & Francis Asbury. This book is invaluable to my research.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Koubek on May 29, 2009
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Awesome book I needed for Hisory class. Great read even if not required. Item came in great condition. A highly reccommended read
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Like the Bedford Series in general, this book might be described as a sort of "summary on steroids". Giving historical background followed by actual documents of the period, the reader is provided a much deeper and more meaningful perspective of the subject than that found in most textbooks. This book reveals a lot about a time in American history which few people know anything about. I had picked it up after reading Nathan Hatch's "The Democratization of American Christianity", which discusses in magnificent detail the Second Great Awakening. If I had to do it over again, I would read the book being reviewed first, as it provides valuable background that is ultimately relevant to Hatch's book.

Regardless, it stands on its own as a fascinating glimpse into early American Christianity.

Cheers!

- Rod
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Very good book on the leaders of the Great Awakening. The controversies within the churches is very interesting. It does not cover the spiritual impact of the Awakening on the colonies in an in-depth way. The book is centered on the people who supported, and criticized, the revivals that swept the country. I like the supporting documents.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By World on October 6, 2010
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The work used documents to show the different views of the Awakening. Signs, wonders, healings were part of the revival...buth there were also detractors.
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