1929: A Crisis that Shaped the Salvation Army's Future Paperback – 10 Aug 2009
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About the Author
John Larsson was world leader of the Salvation Army from 2002 until 2006.
Top Customer Reviews
Whilst the story may indeed recount situations or actions that could be regretted, the narrative brings events to life - transforming historical figures into flesh and blood people.
I am not an avid reader but found myself devouring this book - completing it in 3 sittings. As a Salvationist, having visited Sunbury and other scenes mentioned in the book I was able to easily visualise the events and enter into them.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book - escpecially to Salvationists who have much to learn about our heritage. Through the pages of this book the past touches the present and shapes our future.
Heavy in places but worth a read.
Mrs B x
A good study by the retired General that will always sit on my bookshelf. As General Shaw Clifton says of the book: '...this diligent and orderly account'.
John Larsson tells a complete, human story. The law, the press, parliament, the establishment, royalty and the man on the Clapham omnibus all have a role in the unfolding drama. The prose is engaging and direct; neither pretentiously intellectual nor `dumbed down' or sensationalized - although the story was a sensation at the time, with tabloid reporting, press leaks, high court injunctions and motor car chases. The narrative moves with the pace of an action film but without glossing over the details necessary to a complete understanding of each turn of events. The short, sub-headed chapters divide even the complex legal manoeuvres into manageable TV scenes keeping the reader in time with the developing and deepening crisis.
The author does not shrink from those events where the words or actions of one or other participant potentially discredit The Salvation Army. Rather he offers an informed insight on their thoughts sometimes through the imagined private dialogue always declared as `one can almost hear...' or similarly introduced.
The book is essential reading not for the history or the drama, but for its exploration of the minds of men and women who, when their most passionately held beliefs and principles are put under almost unbearable pressure, can fall into equally passionate dispute and how, by those same beliefs and principles, reconciliation may graciously be found.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was interesting to find out the story behind the 1929 crisis and also to read a book written by a personal friend of ours.Published on 28 Oct. 2009 by Victor Hugo