Book Cover Image of God, Harlem U.S.A.: The Father Divine Story by Jill Watts

God, Harlem U.S.A.: The Father Divine Story
by Jill Watts

    Publication Date: Feb 13, 1995
    List Price: $31.95
    Format: Paperback, 249 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780520201729
    Imprint: University of California Press
    Publisher: University of California Press
    Parent Company: University of California

    Paperback Description:

    How did an African-American man born in a ghetto in 1879 rise to such religious prominence that his followers addressed letters to him simply "God, Harlem U.S.A."?

    Using hitherto unknown materials, Jill Watts portrays the life and career of one of the twentieth century’s most intriguing religious leaders, Father Divine. Starting as an itinerant preacher, Father Divine built an unprecedented movement that by the 1930s had attracted followers across the nation and around the world. As his ministry grew, so did the controversy surrounding his enormous wealth, flamboyant style, and committed "angels"—black and white, rich and poor alike.

    Here for the first time a full account of Father Divine’s childhood and early years challenges previous contentions that he was born into a sharecropping family in the deep South. While earlier biographers have concentrated on Father Divine’s social and economic programs, Watts focuses on his theology, which gives new meaning to secular activities that often appeared contradictory. Although much has been written about Father Divine, God, Harlem U.S.A. finally provides a balanced and intimate account of his life’s work.

    book cover God, Harlem U.S.A.: The Father Divine Story by Jill WattsBooks similiar to God, Harlem U.S.A.: The Father Divine Story may be found in the categories below: