Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jan 13, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 371 pages
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"So you're the little woman who started this big war," Abraham Lincoln is said to have quipped when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her 1852 novel Uncle Tom s Cabin converted readers by the thousands to the anti-slavery movement and served notice that the days of slavery were numbered. Overnight Stowe became a celebrity, but to defenders of slavery she was the devil in petticoats.

Most writing about Stowe treats her as a literary figure and social reformer while downplaying her Christian faith. But Nancy Koester's biography highlights Stowe s faith as central to her life -- both her public fight against slavery and her own personal struggle through deep grief to find a gracious God. Having meticulously researched Stowe s own writings, both published and un-published, Koester traces Stowe's faith pilgrimage from evangelical Calvinism through spiritualism to Anglican spirituality in a flowing, compelling narrative.
 

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Contents

This Old House
1
Your Daughter Sir
19
On the Waves
35
We Mean to Turn Over the West
55
Nobody Knows Who
72
A Deep Immortal Longing
88
IfI Live
105
The Story of the Age
121
A Reformers Pilgrimage
172
By Thy Wrath Are We Troubled
190
The Ministers Wooing
206
The Galling Harness of War
225
A Real and Living Power
243
The Queen Bee of That Hive
263
Moonshiny Mazes
283
Resolved into Love
305

Grant I Am a Woman
138
Harriet Takes London
155

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About the author (2014)

Nancy Koester teaches religion at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. An ordained Lutheran minister, she has also written Fortress Introduction to the History of Christianity in the United States and Journeying through Lent with Luke.