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By Jill Watts

How did an African-American guy born in a ghetto in 1879 upward push to such spiritual prominence that his fans addressed letters to him easily "God, Harlem U.S.A."?

Using hitherto unknown fabrics, Jill Watts portrays the lifestyles and occupation of 1 of the 20 th century's so much exciting non secular leaders, Father Divine. beginning as an itinerant preacher, Father Divine equipped an extraordinary move that by means of the Thirties had attracted fans around the kingdom and around the globe. As his ministry grew, so did the debate surrounding his huge, immense wealth, flamboyant variety, and dedicated "angels"—black and white, wealthy and bad alike.

Here for the 1st time a whole account of pop Divine's adolescence and early years demanding situations earlier contentions that he was once born right into a sharecropping kin within the deep South. whereas prior biographers have targeting Father Divine's social and financial courses, Watts specializes in his theology, which supplies new aspiring to secular actions that regularly seemed contradictory. even though a lot has been written approximately Father Divine, God, Harlem U.S.A. eventually presents a balanced and intimate account of his life's work.

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