(American Priestess The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem) [PDF READ] É Jane Fletcher Geniesse
Their generosity and willingness to engage with the local population However after Horatio s death in 1887 Anna largely
took over governing the colony and it increasingly grew cult like with Anna claiming direct over governing the colony and it increasingly grew cult like with Anna claiming direct 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 t go to Jerusalem on a regular basis the American Colony hotel is one of the famous hotels in central Je Religious fundamentalism run amok #but at the same time catering and caring #at the same time catering and caring 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 given a tide of history of the middle east an area of complexities to this day Truly a fascinating read The Spaffords created the American Colony as a place for the group to prepare for the end of the world The patriarch of this cult is Horatio Spafford but upon his death and really just before his death Anna his wife who becomes known as Mother is the controlling figure The majority of the children are ill educated except for those who borrow books from Johanna Brooke who became a model for escape from the loss of personality in a self deluded religious group such as ours For many who stayed it was safer not to think at allAnna was not the first and certainly will not be the last to use religion as a tool in the service of goals having to do with Caesar than with God If there is a lesson to be learned from this small slice of history surely it is the importance of thinking for oneself lest one be victimized Still the colony left a legacy of generosity to the people they served and Bertha and her descendants have carried it on And if anything is true of Americans and fits their ideal of the American Dream it is the inclination to think for themselves as ready and willing to help others in the service of making the world a better place An amazing story of one woman and her capacity to lead and guide 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 group were "ADMIRED AND APPRECIATED BY BOTH MUSLIMS AND JEWS AS "and appreciated by both Muslims and Jews as cared for the sick and needy of all faiths How far will we go in the name of deity Well written and footnote. 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 goals 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.
Treatment of the principals and the history she covers An excellent story of the Overcomers in Jerusalema group of Americans and Swedes who moved to Jerusalem in the late to await the Second Coming While their religious beliefs were "odd their impact on the city through the World War and even to this day as "their impact on the city through the 1st World War and even to this day as 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 going to happen to the group If ou have visited Jerusalem or even luckier lived there ou d enjoy this book 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 given its history 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 a 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 grew and hosted famous figures such as TE Lawrence Gertrude Bell and Peter Ustinov whose grandfather 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 garnered my attention while writing my book on our Russian grandfather Nicola for that is where he met and of course instantly fell in love with our lovely Palestinian grandmother 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 gained a reputation for. 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. ,
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 both 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 "to the Holy City The author did a fine job of admiring their many positive contributions while never white washing increasingly problematic behavior of Anna Spafford who assumed leadership of the group 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 ou know what the Jews endured during the Holocaust Read Susan Nathan s The Other Side of Israel My Journey Across the Arab Divide herself a Jew Another is Against our Better Judgement by Allison Weir Facinating reads Not many people know of this history but they should I finished reading this book
late on a Saturday too late to write a good review It is Sunday and inasmuch ason a Saturday too late to write a good review It is Sunday and inasmuch as 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 generation 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 groups formed #crowds but often did not address the underlying social problems At the same time small groups formed the end times were near This is the story of one such groupHard economic times are often the instigators of deep religious revival C This covered a very interesting subject Here was a religious cult that actually did some good But like in all such groups there was also lots of exploitation of the followers in the group 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 glad I read American Priestess I think Geniesse was even handed in her. For generations 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 ears 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 grieving attracted followers eager to belie.