Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America (New Directions in Narrative History)
A colonial woman's riveting personal journal and correspondence open a window on America's first-generation evangelicals. Sarah Osborn's World is the first book to mine this remarkable woman’s prolific personal and spiritual record. Catherine Brekus recovers the largely forgotten story of Sarah Osborn's life as one of the most charismatic female religious leaders of her time, while also connecting her captivating story to the rising evangelical movement in eighteenth-century America.
A schoolteacher in Rhode Island, a wife, and a mother, Sarah Osborn led a remarkable revival in the 1760s that brought hundreds of people, including many slaves, to her house each week. Brekus sets Sarah Osborn's experience in the context of her revivalist era and expands our understanding of the birth of the evangelical movement—a movement that transformed Protestantism in the decades before the American Revolution.
By Catherine Brekus. Published by Yale University Press, 2013; 448 pages, hardcover.