American Priestess The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem (Paperback)
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|For generations, The American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem has been a well-known retreat for journalists, diplomats, pilgrims and spies. However, few know the story of Anna Spafford, the enigmatic evangelist who was instrumental in its founding |
Branded heretics by Jerusalem''s established Christian missionaries when they arrived in 1881, the Spaffords and their followers nevertheless won over Muslims and Jews with their philanthropy. But when her husband Horatio died, Anna assumed leadership, shocking even her adherents by abolishing marriage and establishing an uneasy dictatorship based on emotional blackmail and religious extremism.
With a controversial heroine at its core, American Priestess provides a fascinating exploration of the seductive power of evangelicalism as well as an intriguing history of an enduring landmark.
From the Publisher:
A portrait of charismatic religious leader Anna Spafford describes her unorthodox Christian beliefs, which called for a return to Christianity's apostolic origins, and her controversial efforts during the 1880s to establish a community of Christians in Jerusalem. Reprint