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Virginia's Revival Fire

The Story of One Culture's Spiritual Rise from the Literal Ashes by Meredith Henne Baker

Today, we know the commonwealth of Virginia as a firm link in the Bible Belt, studded with Evangelical churches and Christian colleges. Driving through country routes, one sees a sign every few miles indicating a turn down a winding road to a New Fork Baptist Church, St. Luke's Episcopal, or Mt. Comfort Methodist. It is easy to assume that things have always been this way, that Christian institutions—particularly those of an Evangelical stripe— have always surrounded and engaged Virginians.

This is not, however, the case; the real history of the state and its churches proves to be more complicated—and interesting.

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