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Christianity in Action: The International History of the Salvation Army
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Christianity in Action: The International History of the Salvation Army


Eerdmans 2009

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This meticulously researched yet engaging book traces The Salvation Army’s history of service from its beginnings in Victorian England to its present-day mission in all parts of the world.

A phenomenal religious movement, acclaimed for its compassionate service, The Salvation Army now works in no fewer than 118 countries, yet no contemporary book has chronicled this high-profile organization—until now. Henry Gariepy’s well-written, comprehensive account effectively fills that gap.

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Key Features

  • Documents the growth of The Salvation Army
  • Presents highlights, defining moments, and insights into the mission
  • Explores the history of the worldwide movement


  • In the Beginning
  • Booth Finds His Destiny
  • William and Catherine
  • An Army is Formed
  • The Sounds of Music
  • Early Persecution
  • Women in Ministry
  • Attacking a Monstrous Evil
  • In Darkest England
  • The Army’s Theology and Ecclesiology
  • The Sacramental Salvationist
  • William Booth’s Legend and Legacy
  • “The General Lays Down His Sword”
  • The Army’s High Council
  • The Generals and Their Legacies
  • The Army’s Government
  • The Army’s Crown Jewels
  • Invasion of the USA
  • Serving the Armed Forces
  • Global Outreach
  • Global Gatherings
  • Addressing the Issues
  • Human Services
  • At Front Lines of Tragedy
  • History Makers
  • Heroes of the Faith
  • Marching Forward

Praise for the Print Edition

With his usual poignant word pictures, Henry Gariepy has unveiled the mission spirit and God-appointed plan to use this Army of Salvation for Jesus.

—Commissioner Lawrence Moretz, USA Eastern Territorial Commander

Celebrated historian and author Colonel Henry Gariepy, OF, escorts the reader on a breathtaking journey through the highlights and defining moments of Salvation Army history.

—Commissioner William Francis, Territorial Commander, Canada

We are deeply indebted to Colonel Henry Gariepy for his one-volume history of The Salvation Army’s origins and development right up to the present time. With considerable skill he has compiled a most readable record, crammed with human-interest stories. . . . The colonel’s carefully crafted single-volume account is a remarkable achievement of selection, balance, insight, and concise clarity.

—General Shaw Clifton, The Salvation Army International Headquarters, London

Colonel Henry Gariepy, The Salvation Army’s foremost writer today, presents us with a superb telling of the fascinating story of the Salvation Army.

—General John Larsson, Rtd.

This scintillating chronicle is replete with accounts of Army action and intriguing cameos of heroes and heroines. Salvationists will read it with a swelling sense of gratitude for the privilege of being part of this story. Those new to the movement will find here a thrilling saga of Christianity in action.

—General Paul A. Radar, Rtd.

Gariepy presents a fascinating heritage as he escorts the reader from the movement’s birth in Victorian England to a present-day icon of mission in far-flung places around the world.

—Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, USA National Commander

Product Details

  • Title: Christianity in Action: The Story and Saga of the International Salvation Army
  • Author: Henry Gariepy
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 302

About Henry Gariepy

Henry Gariepy (1930–2010) was a retired Salvation Army officer and the former national editor in chief and literary secretary for The Salvation Army.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition