From the January/February, 2008 issue of Touchstone
america Sister Amiss by S. M. Hutchens

Sister Amiss

Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America
by Matthew Avery Sutton
Harvard University Press, 2007
(351 pages, $26.95, hardcover)

reviewed by S. M. Hutchens

Matthew Avery Sutton, of the history faculty at Oakland University (of which this reviewer is an alumnus), himself raised in the environs of the Foursquare Church of Sister Aimee’s founding, has done what he can in this book to cast her as something of a world-historical character. Because he has written an honest and workmanlike biography, however, he has in the end drawn the portrait of a woman who, while in many ways extraordinary, and a memorable character in the fantastic cavalcade of American folk religion, lack . . .


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