Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Review Article of Sarah Osborn's World in Books and Culture

I see that my review article on Catherine Brekus's book, Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America is now posted on the Books & Culture website. Tommy Kidd listed it as one of "Five Compelling Religious Biographies," and I would easily agree.

Sarah Osborn is not often remembered for her contribution to early evangelicalism and the influence that she had as a spiritual director in Newport, Rhode Island. If Brekus had simply written a biography of Osborn that would have been interesting in itself, but the book offers much more than that. Brekus situates Osborn within her cultural context in early America, referring to a host of other evangelicals (especially Jonathan Edwards) as she tells her story.

Sarah Osborn's World should be one of the first books that scholars and students read on eighteenth-century evangelicalism.

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