- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Crossland Press (September 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979027977
- ISBN-13: 978-0979027970
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
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Days of Fire and Glory: The Rise and Fall of a Charismatic Community Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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It was the late summer of 1986 when Julia Duin moved to Houston as the new religion writer for The Houston Chronicle. At the invitation of friends, she visited the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Houstons blighted East End and fell in love with its gorgeous music and charismatic worship. After she met Graham Pulkingham, the spellbinding priest who had led Redeemer into a powerful renewal starting in 1964, Duin became convinced the world needed to know the story of this gifted man and his church. As she began investigating the story, many warned her there was a darker history behind Pulkingham. Now the journalist who first broke that story reveals the details of the scandal that rocked the charismatic and Christian community movements, and the Episcopal Church. Duin provides a fascinating portrait of the glorious days of the renewal and its sister movements within Catholic and Pentecostal churches. Book includes 8 pages of photos.
About the Author
Julia Duin is religion editor for The Washington Times. She worked for newspapers in Oregon, Florida, and New Mexico, and was the religion writer for the Houston Chronicle in Texas when the events in this book occurred. This is her fifth book.
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Although I found it informative in some ways, its focus was not Church of the Redeemer but the charismatic movement in which Redeemer reached its glory days. The book's style and organization frustrated me. I would be reading something about a person or event at Redeemer, and then with no transition or explanation, I would be reading about a person or event in Michigan or Colorado or Scotland. I would be reading about Redeemer and then find myself reading about another church or organization. The author purports to follow Redeemer's history chronologically but jumps out of one period to include information from another.
Because the author failed to focus on Redeemer and because her style and organization failed to present a clear picture, I found the book much less informative than I expected. It added a little to what I had learned from my own brief sojourn with Redeemer and its congregants, but only a little. This is neither a good history of Redeemer, nor even a decent portrait of the charismatic movement or the 60s, 70s and 80s. For the latter, other authors, such as Vinson Synan, and much better-written books can be consulted.
I was invited to attend a "teaching" one night. I was very skeptical to the point of ridicule. John Grimmet, Sr. was the teacher at the meeting. His very simple words completely melted my heart and I knew God was miraculously talking through this everyday man directly to me. I left that night knowing that God not only existed but knew me inside and out and loved me deeply. My life was forever changed. I went on to live in a household, volunteering my life in service. I definitely received much more than I could give. The sacrifices the that book dwells on were unnoticeable to me. I left 3 years later as I felt the need to move on. There were problems in the fellowship of course, but God worked through these loving people, forever enriching and redeeming many souls. The work started there by God will go on forever through the lives He touched.
Through the 1970's my wife and I knew, visited with, or met nearly every person in this book. We spent time with the Redeemer Community in Houston, at Yeldall Manor (in England), at Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae (in Scotland), and in Colorado. It was my spiritual father, the famous and respected hermit Roland Walls, who was ejected from his hut near the Cathedral of the Isles in Millport by the Rev. Graham Pulkingham, who insisted that he would be the only spiritual authority in the place. It was our friends who cleaned toilets and labored to make a living for the more well-to-do in the Community in Houston. It was also our Scottish friends who first suffered humiliation from the Americans, and then the destruction of irreplaceable ancient manuscripts and buildings in the fire at Millport; and who, with us, returned after the fire to clean up and house the hapless Americans.
Most survivors of Redeemer will probably not remember us, for reasons which are indicated in the book (the incredible self-absorption of the members of the Community, the stress, the large numbers of people passing through the households during those years). If we are remembered at all, perhaps it will be as the couple who ultimately reported to Bishop Frey abuses similar to those described in this book, in the sister community in which we lived in Denver--leading directly to the dissolution of the community.
For those who were there, Ms. Duin's book will serve as a pungent reminder of a time which was both remarkably fruitful and miraculous, and remarkably callous and abusive. For those who are merely curious, it may serve as a warning for our own times, in which emotion and group pressures can still lead to a destructive path away from the Way of Jesus Christ. Certainly it can be an indicator to Spirit-filled Christians that there is a maturity and stability in the ancient Church which we dare not ignore today.
Some who personally experienced the things described in this book may have lost their way or their faith as a result. Fortunately, we did not; the experience allowed us to spend fruitful decades counseling members of destructive cults (because we knew first-hand how repressive communities work), and in the end we became Orthodox Christians. We can look back on the decade of the '70's as a time of excess and misunderstanding and spiritual adolescence, and our hearts and prayers are with all who remember those times in the charismatic community described here. I especially recommend this book to those who are mentioned in it or who recognize themselves in the account; to their children and grandchildren and friends, and to scholars who wonder about the dynamics of those times. However, it should be read with genuine compassion for those who were misled and who misled others; and with the assurance that the truth and grace of Jesus Christ is greater than, and can heal, even our own mistakes.
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