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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Enquist, one of Sweden's most acclaimed writers, follows up his New York Times Notable Book selection, The Royal Physician's Visit , with this multilayered story within a story based on historical ... Read full review

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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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