Swaggart: The Unauthorized Biography of an American Evangelist

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jan 4, 2001 - Religion - 438 pages
By 1987 Swaggart was one of the most popular video preachers in the world, with a weekly television audience of 2.1 million in the US and a worldwide audience of millions more in 143 countries. But then, in a cheerless motel west of New Orleans, Jimmy's life and ministry took a calamitous turn. This the tale of the rise of two intimately linked colossi of the American century: Pentecostalism, the fastest growing religious movement in the world, and its "evil twin", Rock 'n' Roll. A major theme of the book is how the religious ecstasy of Pentecostalism - the rousing music, the speaking in tongues, the reception of the Spirit - combined with its severe sexual repression leads to the kind of furtive acting out that brought down not only Jimmy Swaggart but also other evangelists. It is the story, too, of the rapid rise of the Religious Right, with its competing personalities and ideologies. In the end, the author sees Jimmy as a victim - like many others - of a primitive faith colliding with the forces of the late 20th century fame.
 

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Contents

1 Metairie Louisiana Fall 1987
11
2 Rebuke before All
23
3 Frances
25
4 In the Beginning
27
5 Cloven Tongues Like As of Fire
29
6 Ferriday
33
7 Stars Are Born
38
8 The Church That Darwin Built
41
40 A String of Tragedies
170
41 Keeping the Faith
177
42 Just Do It
183
43 Demon Oppression
186
44 A Good Man
190
45 What Hath God Wrought?
195
46 Camp Meeting Hour
200
47 Voices
205

9 A Goodbye and a New Bargain
45
10 Another Goodbye
50
11 Guilt
53
12 Belonging
55
13 Softening
59
14 Ninetynine Cents out of Every Dollar
61
15 Texas Redux
64
16 The First Surrender
66
17 Taboo
68
18 Revival
70
19 The Theater of Salvation
75
20 Defection
78
21 The Blockbuster
82
22 Rivals
86
23 Last Chance
90
24 Many Are Called
96
25 Running from God
103
26 The Anointing of Satan
108
27 Narrow the Path
111
28 Girls
116
29 Into the Fire
120
30 Seize the Moment
123
31 Back in the Fold
126
32 Out of Nothing
130
33 By the Grace of God and Women
134
34 Shakin
140
35 Awakening
143
36 Miraculous Healing
151
37 On the Road
160
38 The Color Line
163
39 Being Seen
167
48 People Always Kill God
208
Photographs and Genealogy
212
49 A Radio Station
213
50 A Huge Burst out of a Shotgun
216
51 Dont Ever Let Me Get Like That
222
52 The Principality of the Powers of the Air
224
53 The Mission of the Air
232
54 Guarding the Temple
239
55 Petra
247
56 Brimstone
251
57 A Son of the Reformation
262
58 I Dont Want This Thing to Come Back and Haunt Me
267
59 The Highland Road
272
60 Gorman and Bakker
275
61 Do Not Fail
286
62 Francesville
291
63 The Hostile Takeover
301
64 October 17 1987
326
65 I Have Sinned
339
66 Comeback
364
67 Unfinished Business
367
68 Do Nothing
373
69 Under the Influence
380
70 The Secret Room
383
Epilogue
388
Acknowledgments and Sources
392
Archival Resources
394
Notes
397
Bibliography
429
Index
433
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Ann Rowe Seaman, a native of Austin, Texas, is the author of Swaggart: The Unauthorized Biography of an American Evangelist.

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