American Priestess The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem (EBOOK)
Talk about a bittersweet memorable read The American Colony in
Jerusalem Now a 5 star hotel which I d often heard about and in a rather positive light iven its Now a 5 star hotel which I d often heard about and in a rather positive light iven its of unusual neutrality in that most tense city But until now few have known the true story of the house that became the American Colony Hotel or its bizarre history of tragedy religious extremism emotional blackmail and peculiar sexual practices Enter the Norwegian born Anna and American Horatio Spafford residents of ChicagoAfter a series of tragic losses following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and a devastating shipwreck Anna and Horatio Spafford led series of tragic losses following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and a devastating shipwreck Anna and Horatio Spafford led small American contingent in 1881 to Jerusalem to form a Christian utopian society Riding the wave of Protestant evangelicalism they were eager to witness the Second Coming that was surely at hand complete with a wish to see a Jewish return to the Holy Land views which are still shared by many today A thoroughly researched account the range of abuse within the community was as disturbing to read as their dedication to charitable work to people of all backgrounds was commendable As such in time its reputation rew and hosted famous figures such as TE Lawrence Gertrude Bell and Peter Ustinov whose randfather was a Russian nobleman I most definitely look forward to reading her other book Passionate Nomad about Freya Stark On a personal happier note the place had recently arnered my attention while writing my book on our Russian Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION grandfather Nicola for that is where he met and of course instantly fell in love with our lovely Palestinianrandmother 3 I had heard of the American Colony previously but this was the first book I have read that covers the history of the Colony in detail Particularly it is a look at the lives of Horatio Spafford a native of Upstate New York who moved to Chicago and practiced law and his Norwegian born wife Anna and the ways in which their lives turned upside down when they decided to leave the established Presbyterian church they were a part of to found a self contained Restorationist house church Moving to Jerusalem then part of the Ottoman Empire to escape debts the house church they founded soon blossomed into a full fledged American Colony despite the fact that it was international in character and its members ained a reputation for their enerosity and willingness to engage with the local population
However after Horatio s death in 1887 Anna largely took over overning the colony and it after Horatio s death in 1887 Anna largely took over overning the colony and it Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens grew cult like with Anna claiming direct revelation from God and threatening to blackmail members who did not follow her dictates The narrative of the book is riveting and well researched with one star being docked because I think Geniesse is too passive a narrator and not hard enough in her critiue of Anna Spafford considering all the ways she exploited the members of the colony After I read this book I talked about it so much that my co workers started openly mocking me But it was THAT GOOD uick background for those that don to to Jerusalem on a regular basis the American Colony hotel is one of the famous hote. For enerations in Jerusalem a fabled mansion has been the retreat for foreign correspondents diplomats pilgrims and spies–but until now few have known the true story of the house that became the American Colony Hotel or its bizarre history of tragedy religious extremism emotional blackmail and peculiar sexual practices During the boom years following the Civil War in the country’s heartland capital Chicago a prominent lawyer Horatio Spafford and his blue eyed wife Anna rode the mighty wave of Protestant evangelicalism deluging the nation When suddenly tragedy struck the charismatic Spaffords rieving attracted followers eager to belie.
Jane Fletcher Geniesse ¼ 0 FREE READOday the Spaffordites had an hierarchy that was able to use fear and awe to keep followers loyal The leaders reaped from the structure than to use fear and awe to keep followers loyal The reaped benefits from the structure than beneath them While this occurred with the American Colony in Jerusalem the colony was different than the Christian missionaries in the Middle East at that timeThe Spaffordites believed the second coming was near so they moved to Jerusalem to be the bride of Christ when he came Unlike other missionaries they did not proselytize They helped all the poor and needy while living a communal life style based on strict rules Because they helped all regardless of religion they were able to survive the times until a Jewish state was formedOne can What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers glean much from histories of smallroups and biographies Authors need to reveal the context in which the subjects act Little known facts are often revealed The egoism of the British Commander in Chief and his need to be seen as conueror of Jerusalem leading to destruction of evidence showing he was a Johnny come lately is one of them Another is the Jewish terrorism in Palestine such as the Deir Yassin massacre on April 9 1948 in which Irgun and Stern Gang commandos executed a wedding party raped and murdered women and children ransacked and dynamited houses Jewish loudspeaker trucks then broadcast the horror throughout Palestinian towns and promised of the same Bits of history some Jimmy: The Terrorist groups would like to have buried seem to appear in unexpected works This covered a very interesting subject Here was a religious cult that actually did someood But like in all such How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar groups there was also lots of exploitation of the followers in theroup and lots of weirdness involved The writing was well researched but I felt like there were various places where the prose was not as clear as it could have been For instance there was a collision of two ships mid ocean and it was not clear which boat hit which and which came to the rescue This was a very important event and it was frustrating not to know what the details were To her credit the author did have a list of names in the front of the book telling who each person was which was a help There were also two maps both featuring the compound but I would have liked at least one detailing the area of the mid east where it all took place There was plenty of food for thought in this recounting so I #was lad I read American Priestess I think Geniesse was even handed in her treatment of the # glad I read American Priestess I think Geniesse was even handed in her treatment of the and the history she covers An excellent story of the Overcomers in Jerusalema roup of Americans and Swedes who moved to Jerusalem in the late 1800s to await the Second Coming While their religious beliefs were odd their impact on the city through the 1st World War and even to this day as their colony buildings continue to operate as a hotel was largely beneficial They remained staunchly neutral in the ArabJewish conflict and ran schools soup kitchens and hospitals It wasn t a riveting readbut still kept me reading as I was curious what was oing to happen to the roup If you have visited Jerusalem or even luckier lived there you d enjoy this book. Her credulous followers lived through and closely participated in the titanic upheavals that eventually formed the modern Middle East Written with flair and insight American Priestess provides a fascinating exploration of the seductive power of evangelicalism and raises uestions about the manipulation of religion to serve personal oals A powerful narrative the story sweeps through the dramatic collapse of the Ottoman Empire the establishment of the British Mandate and finally the founding of Israel where Anna’s house in East Jerusalem now the American Colony Hotel stands as an exemplar of beauty and comfort despite its turbulent history. Ls in central Jerusalem the other two probably being the King David and the David Citadel and particu Religious fundamentalism run amok probably being the King David and the David Citadel and particu Religious fundamentalism run amok at the same time catering and caring for many that the missionaries of the day just cast aside There is a whole cast of saints and sinners and a few are found to be both Ms Geniesse has created a well researched
book on the American Colony in Jerusalem and iven a tide of history of the middle east an area of complexitieson the American Colony in Jerusalem and iven a tide of history of the middle east an area of complexities amazing story of one woman and her capacity to lead and uide many under her wing not always for the betterment of those who followed Her reign began along with her husband Horatio during the Protestant evangelical wave after the Civil Warm when they convinced themselves and a handful of others that the Second Coming was imminent and that they were being called to Jerusalem Even though they were scorned by the American Consul and other missionaries this small roup were admired and appreciated by both Muslims and Jews as they cared for the sick and needy of all faiths How far will we o in the name of deity Well written and footnoted Fascinating story of The Overcomers a religious cult from Chicago who moved to Jerusalem to #await the Second Coming of Christ in the late 1800 s Their interest was not prosleytizing in fact they counted # the Second Coming of Christ in the late 1800 s Their interest was not prosleytizing in fact they counted Arabs and Jews among their staunchest supporters but only originally to place themselves at the foot of Christ and His return Their impact on the city remains today in the form of the American Colony Hotel which continues to provide four star lodging to important visitors to the Holy City The author did a fine job of admiring their many positive contributions while never white washing the increasingly problematic behavior of Anna Spafford who assumed leadership of the roup on the death of her husband Besides all the issues with Anna and the Overcommers I was interested in the end talking about the Jewish and Palestinian divide It just reinforced what I recently read on the subject The ineuality that Palestinians are enduring is not really acceptable today when you know what the Jews endured during the Holocaust Read Susan Nathan s The Othe I finished reading this book late on a Saturday too late to write a ood review It is Sunday and inasmuch as this book is about a Christian sect an appropriate day to write the review The author uotes Alexis de Tocueville who toured the US in 1831Religious insanity is very common in the United States A statement which seems to run true throughout our history The preponderance of this history starts a eneration after de Tocueville and continues past World War II The major religious crusades in America of the late 1800s drew large crowds but often did not address the underlying social problems At the same time small roups formed believing the end times were near This is the story of one such roupHard economic times are often the instigators of deep religious revival Crises create situations where nimble inventions are created in the form of religious truths Cults are formed of true believers Much like the mega churches of Ve their prophecy that the Second Coming was at hand and in 1881 sailed with them to Jerusalem to see the Messiah alight on the Mount of Olives No sooner had they settled into the Holy City than the U S Consul and the established Christian missionaries declared them heretics and whispered of sexual deviance Yet Muslims and Jews admired their unflagging care of the sick and the needy and Jews were intrigued with their advocacy of a Jewish Return to Zion When Horatio died Anna assumed leadership shocking even her adherents by abolishing marriage and established a dictatorship that was not always benevolent Ever dogged by controversy she and. ,