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Category: 280s

287 William and Catherine by Cathy Le Feuvre

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287.96092: Le Feuvre, Cathy. William and Catherine: The Love Story of the Founders of The Salvation Army, Told Through Their Letters. Oxford, UK: Monarch Books, 2013. 315 pp. ISBN 978-0-85721-312-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 280: Dominations and sects of the Christian Church
  • 287: Methodist and related churches
  • 287.9: Churches related to Methodism
  • 287.96: Salvation Army
  • +092: Biography

In 1852, a young man in London wrote a letter to a particularly striking woman he saw in his congregation. Catherine Mumford was a woman who knew from the beginning that the man she would agree to marry would be deeply religious, abstain from alcohol, and be a man of sense. William Booth was a Methodist preacher in Clapham, and when the two met, a deep love formed. Cathy Le Feuvre’s William and Catherine covers the letters exchanged between the two starting in 1852 until Catherine’s death in 1890. In those 38 years, the couple married, matured, created a family, suffered setbacks and loss, and eventually changed the world with a new Christian Mission, one that would be named The Salvation Army.

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285: Presbyterians and American Culture by Bradley Longfield

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285.1: Longfield, Bradley J. Presbyterians and American Culture: A History. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013. 203 pp. ISBN 978-0-664-23156-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 280: Christian denominations
  • 285: Presbyterian churches, Reformed churches centered in America, Congregational churches, or Puritanism
  • 285.1: Presbyterian churches of United States origin

Bradley J. Longfield’s Presbyterians and American Culture is a deep dive into the formation and metamorphosis of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. While mildly scholarly in tone, it traces the formation of the church in America to the First Presbytery of 1706 and then to the modern day formation of the Presbyterian Church of the United States in 1983. Between those dates, the church has split and re-combined many times, and each iteration gave birth to a new tradition of Presbyterianism in the United States, each with their own set of guiding principles and beliefs.

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284: Letters to Lutheran Pastors by Hermann Sasse

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284.1: Sasse, Hermann. Letters to Lutheran Pastors, Volume 1: 1948-1951. Edited and translated by Matthew C. Harrison. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2013. App. 600 pp. ISBN 978-0-7586-2800-8.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 280: Denominations and sects of the Christian Church
  • 284: Protestant denomination of Continental origin and related bodies
  • 284.1: Lutheran churches

This is a whopper of a book. It catalogues the translated letters of Hermann Sasse, a confessional Lutheran theologian, written from 1948 to 1951. At this point in his career, he had survived the National Socialist regime of World War II Germany and had been teaching religious studies for two decades at the University of Erlangen. In 1949, he moved to Adelaide to teach at the seminary at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia. These letters detail his concerns with confessional faith, Lutheran ecumenism, and how a body of churches should teach its theological precepts to the world.

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280: The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline by Elesha J. Coffman

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280.4097309041: Coffman, Elesha J. The Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 223 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-993859-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 280: Denominations and sects of the Christian Church
  • 280.4: Protestant churches and Protestantism
  • +0973: United States
  • +09041: 1900-1919

The Christian Century was founded as a Disciples of Christ devotional magazine in 1884 as a publication that sought to reconcile the American people’s faith with the rapid acceleration of technology and culture at that time. But by 1908, the magazine could not sustain itself and went into foreclosure. Luckily it was sold at auction to Chrles Clayton Morrison and he began the long journey to rehabilitating the periodical. Along the way, he helped to shepherd the spiritual world in the United States through discourse with varied voices, vocations, and visionaries and Elesha Coffman’s Christian Century and the Rise of the Protestant Mainline tells the story.

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286: Signs, Wonders, and a Baptist Preacher by Chad Norris

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286.092: Norris, Chad. Signs, Wonders, and a Baptist Preacher: How Jesus Flipped My World Upside Down. Bloomington, MN: Chosen Books, 2013. 186 pp. ISBN 978-0-8007-9540-5.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 280: Denominations and sects of the Christian Church
  • 286: Baptists, Disciples of Christ, or Adventist Churches
  • +092: Biography

No book so far has left me more incredulous than this one. Chad Norris, a plain-spoken Baptist minister from Simpsonville, South Carolina loves his flock, his neighbors, and his Savior. He offers varied programs for all manner of the faithful at his church and even travels abroad to help the less fortunate through both good deeds and prayer services. Here’s the kicker: he also claims that through his touch and prayer, Jesus Christ actually unleashes the power of God’s love to transform the lives of others, often curing ailments (i.e., blindness and cancer), healing wounds, and casting out evils. Yeah, he’s one of those people. In Signs, Wonders, and a Baptist Preacher, Norris recounts his early years and his journey to become the leader and healer he is today.

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282: The Vatican by Jack M. Driver

282: Driver, Jack M. The Vatican: Conspiracies, Codes and the Catholic Church. London: Kandour Ltd., 2006. 193 pp. ISBN 978-0-681-08453-7.

Dewey construction:

  • 200: Religion
  • 280: Denominations and sects of Christian Church
  • 282: Roman Catholic Church

Alarms bells should have gone off when I was unable to locate any record of this book in the Library of Congress’s Online Database. That and the fact that not a single person had bothered to review it on Amazon also made me a little nervous. Jack Driver’s The Vatican purports to be a book about the history of the Vatican and how it has become entangled in many conspiracy theories.

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