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In this history of Boston's First Church, which was founded in 1630, Leo Collins skillfully interweaves the history of the church, the city, and Massachusetts. His remarkable narrative of the life of the church, together with extracts from historical documents concerning individuals involved in church, city, colony and state, repeatedly give readers the feeling that they have lived through those 370-plus years themselves.
The names of the church's leaders, from the Puritan beginning to the Unitarian Universalist present, provide a rich continuity, through some extraordinarily turbulent times. Whether you are a historian, a Unitarian, or simply a lover of Boston, I cannot recommend this book too highly .
This is a church history with a difference. Befitting such an old church (founded in 1630 by the English Puritans), it is a narrative interspersed with many photographs, essays, profiles of some worthies, music, and a generous appendix. Written by church archivist and long time music director, Dr. Collins assembled it in time for the church's 375th anniversary.