Lewi's Journey

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Overlook Duckworth, 2005 - Christian fiction - 464 pages
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A hypnotic tale of a moral and spiritual quest and for purity and meaning Lewi's Journey is a powerful fictional account of the two men who built the Swedish Pentecostal movement from a renegade congregation ridiculed for such practices as speaking in tongues, spirit baptism, and left - wing politics, into, at its peak, the third largest religious community within Christendom. A humble preacher and failed writer of social novels, Lewi Pethrus introduced controversial reforms through his tireless pursuit of spiritual and moral purity. His relentless energy won the movement thousands of new converts, but none more important than Sven Lidman, a decadent bohemian poet racked by disastrous affairs and a tortuously failed marriage, who was reborn as a prodigal son and the spiritual conscience of the movement. These two men, allied by their faith and fervour, who guided the movement through unprecedented growth, were ultimately to become bitter enemies, through a schism ignited by a mysterious journey to America undertaken by Pethrus during World War II.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The history of the Swedish Pentecostal Church makes an unlikely—and inspired—subject for this historical novel from the formidably gifted Enquist (The Royal Physician's Visit, 2001, etc.).Erstwhile ... Read full review

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User Review  - allison.sivak - LibraryThing

This one was hard to read in the way that I usually read: which is, fast. Per Olov Enquist has a beautifully slow narrative style that is distant, plainspoken, but also quite sensual. After a while, I ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Enquist's writing is characterized by political consciousness and an interest in the past as it affects or reflects the present. During the politicized 1960s, Enquist was a principle practitioner of documentarism. He is both an important playwright and a novelist.

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