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Thirteen Astonishing Years by John Larsson

Thirteen Astonishing Years by John Larsson

Thirteen Astonishing Years by John Larsson

27 May 2020

“This book is hard to put down, and the popular style makes it accessible to a wide range of readers.” – a rare commendation for a book within the ‘history’ genre.

By Jim Weymouth

Thirteen Astonish Years that shaped The Salvation Army is highly readable and is supported by General John Larsson’s credibility as a Salvation Army historian.

His clearly identified sources vary in historical rigour, but the sense is that we are indeed reading facts rather than legends. The book is hard to put down, and the popular style makes it accessible to a wide range of readers.

Who should read the book? People new to the Army, as well as those needing a fresh look at our heritage, who will find the stories inspiring. And those seeking a deeper insight will find a starting point for their search. Larsson emphasises adaptation as key to the DNA, which enabled our dramatic early growth.

I felt that expressing this DNA in our vastly different context is tough work. I look forward to discussing the chapters in a small-group setting to see how we also can discover our destiny and express our faith.

Available at Melbourne Salvation Army Supplies (1800 100 018) or commerce.salvationarmy.org.au, and Sydney Salvationist Supplies (1800 634 209) or thetrade.salvos.org.au.

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