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1929: A Crisis that Shaped the Salvation Army's Future Paperback – 10 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Salvation Books; 2nd edition (10 Aug. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0854127941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854127948
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

John Larsson was world leader of the Salvation Army from 2002 until 2006.

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The date '1929' has always been referred to in hushed tones. The events marked a turning point in the history of The Salvation Army but the telling of the story has, as the preface to this book notes, been seen as the washing of dirty linen in public.
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.
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This tells the story of The Salvation Army and how they were to reconstruct new Generals. Once it was a case the General would have to die before a new one was elected but in 1929 The SA decided to form a High Council to make sure thyat Generals did not pass their sell by date. IF you are interested in SA History then you love this Book . Writeen by a Former General of The SA and one half of the Team that wrote the 10 SA Musicals
Heavy in places but worth a read.
Mrs B x
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A great read for Salvationists. The interested non-Salvationist would also find this a good read. You also pick up bits of history of the Army that reveal both William and Bramwell Booth in revealing and eye opening lights.
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'.
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1929 is the point in time where the Salvation Army - the world's most popular non-commercial brand-name, came of age and left home to face a world that had moved on from the Victorian era of its origins. This necessary, heart-stabbing growing pain, wrenched power and responsibility from the charismatic autocracy of the founding Booth family to a broad representation of a growing worldwide movement and prepared the `Sally Army' for its present day international humanitarian service of `heart to God and hand to man'.

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.
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