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One of the most influential and dynamic evangelists of the 20th century, Aimee Semple McPherson (1890–1944) was a complex, controversial figure with a flair for the dramatic. Against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Sister Aimee, as she was widely known, cultivated her ministry, preaching the “old-time religion” and calling for a return to simple biblical Christianity. A religious leader who strongly identified with ordinary folk, McPherson attracted thousands of fiercely loyal followers throughout the United States and Canada.
Edith Blumhofer’s thorough biography is grounded in extensive research and academic scholarship. The book offers unique insights into McPherson’s Canadian and Salvation Army roots and her relationship with Pentecostalism. Significantly, Blumhofer had access to selected minutes of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a resource not available to previous biographers, and contact with both of McPherson’s children, Roberta Semple Salter and Rolf McPherson. Dozens of photographs also help to illustrate McPherson’s multiple roles as missionary, radio broadcaster, editor, mother, wife, and—above all—colorful and inspiring evangelist.
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- Offers a thorough biography on Aimee Semple McPherson
- Illuminates popular Protestantism in the twentieth century
- Demonstrates clearly the residual faith that has prospered in America beyond ecclesiastical barriers
Praise for the Print Edition
Edith L. Blumhofer is to be congratulated for her detailed, scholarly study. . . . Aimee McPherson is an important figure in the history of North American religion and merits attention as a woman who had a major effect on our culture. Yet she has received only modest attention and nothing to match this work, distinguished as it is by a searching and comprehensive scholarship, a rare biography that exists neither to praise nor to bury its subject.
—American Historical Review
Blumhofer has written the most complete and well-grounded biography of McPherson to date. . . . In Blumhofer, Sister has found a scholar who has done her justice. . . . Blumhofer has set an admirable standard for all that would follow.
—Fides et Historia
This book is narrative history at its best, and it should appeal to both scholarly and popular audiences.
—International Bulletin of Missionary Research
American survey instructors should consider the book as a way to introduce students to a strong female religious leader; researchers in the field will be impressed by Blumhofer’s excellent bibliographical essay.
—The Journal of American History
In this engaging, well-researched, and sensitive biography, Edith Blumhofer has succeeded not only in producing a definitive work on her subject but also in opening up new ways of thinking about the popular culture of 20th century American Protestantism.
—The Journal of Southern History
- Title: Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody’s Sister
- Author: Edith L. Blumhofer
- Series: Library of Religious Biography (LRB)
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 1993
- Pages: 445
About Edith L. Blumhofer
Edith L. Blumhofer is professor of history and director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.