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An In-Depth Study

  • Apr 10, 2010
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Stokes, David. "Apparent Danger: The Pastor of America's First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade in the 1920s", Bascom Hill Books, 2010.

An In-Depth Study

Amos Lassen

I was an undergraduate history major and I remember so well one of my professors who told us that history was the telling of stories. That is exactly what David Stokes does here in "Apparent Danger". He takes a historical incident, checks all of the material about it and turns around and tells us about it as if it were a bedtime story. I love this approach. The subject matter is fascinating and one cannot help but turn the pages as rapidly as possible. Stokes's style is wonderful, his painting of details is great and he uses great flair in telling this story. However, there are no endnotes or footnotes and the bibliography is slim at best and if I wanted to read more about the fire I would be at a loss--aside from my own research.
Frank Norris was an influential minister if not the most influential in American history. He could handle crowds easily and he preached to a congregation (First Baptist Church of Fort Worth Texas) of over 10,000. He insulted and he inspired and in 1926 he killed a critic by shooting him down and he became a media sensation. Now we have a personal study of Norris and a look at Texas history that many may not know about. Norris's story fits no categories. He was a "scandalized evangelical pastor" who was acquitted of murder due to temporary insanity. He claimed to be doing God's will.
This is all fascinating stuff here and cries out to be read. I am not sure that it is all factual but it is an interesting story.

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This book is about a man that was fiery, controversial and a fundamentalist preacher that operated in Forth Worth, Texas with a radio network that went to many states. J. Frank Norris was the preacher and in his life he was separately indicted for arson and murder. He was pastor of what was arguably the first megachurch in America; his influence was broad and deep. It is amazing to think that he gunned down a man in his church and yet his ministry did not suffer to any great extent. Norris lived …
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David Stokes has written a book that is both entertaining and informative. Entertaining, as are all well-written true crime tales. And informative, about an important figure in American history a man who touched the lives of everyone from Herbert Hoover to Jerry Falwell to John Birch. (Yes,thatJohn Birch.) --James Pinkerton, Contributor to Fox News andThe Huffington Post<br /><br />Everyone loves a good story, and David Stokes has unearthed one from history s archives and served it up with style and verve. --David Pietrusza, Author of1920: The Year of Six Presidents<br /><br />Like J. Frank Norris himself, this book moves briskly from one controversy to another. A fascinating read about a fascinating man. --Barry Hankins, Professor of History, Baylor University

Like J. Frank Norris himself, this book moves briskly from one controversy to another. A fascinating read about a fascinating man. --Barry Hankins, Professor of History, Baylor University

David Stokes has written a book that is both entertaining and informative. Entertaining, as are all well-written true crime tales. And informative, about an important figure in American history a man who touched the lives of everyone from Herbert Hoover to Jerry Falwell to John Birch. (Yes,thatJohn Birch.) --James Pinkerton, Contributor to Fox News andThe Huffington Post
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ISBN-10: 1935456113
ISBN-13: 978-1935456117
Author: David Stokes
Genre: History
Publisher: Bascom Hill Books
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