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In America, as in Britain, the Victorian era enjoyed a long
life, stretching from the 1830s to the 1910s. It marked the transition
from a pre-modern to a modern way of life. Ellen Harmon White's life
(1827-1915) spanned those years and then some, but the last three months
of a single year, 1844, served as the pivot for everything else. When
the Lord failed to return on October 22, as she and other followers of
William Miller had predicted, White did not lose heart.
Fired by a
vision she experienced, White played the principal role in transforming a
remnant minority of Millerites into the sturdy sect that soon came to
be known as the Seventh-day Adventists. She and a small group of fellow
believers emphasized a Saturday Sabbath and an imminent Advent. Today
that flourishing denomination posts eighteen million adherents globally
and one of the largest education, hospital, publishing, and missionary
outreach programs in the world.
Over the course of her life White
generated 70,000 manuscript pages and letters, and produced 40 books
that have enjoyed extremely wide circulation. She ranks as one of the
most gifted and influential religious leaders in American history and
this volume tells her story in a new and remarkably informative way.
Some of the contributors identify with the Adventist tradition, some
with other Christian denominations, and some with no religious tradition
at all. Their essays call for White to be seen as a significant figure
in American religious history and for her to be understood within the
context of her times.

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Reviews for Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet:

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May 05, 2014

An excellent collection of essays from a 2009 Conference. In essence this volume is a follow-up from a group largely made of historians from the 1970s (Land, Numbers, Butler, Graybill, etc.) as a compendium of scholarly research on Ellen G. White's life and thought. It provides excellent contextualization, but one should be aware this is far from a work of Adventist apologetics. While it does serve a useful role as a corrective to unsubstantiated claims or even hagiography, this is not a work An excellent collection of essays from a 2009 Conference. In essence this volume is a follow-up from a group largely made of historians from the 1970s (Land, Numbers, Butler, Graybill, etc.) as a compendium of scholarly research on Ellen G. White's life and thought. It provides excellent contextualization, but one should be aware this is far from a work of Adventist apologetics. While it does serve a useful role as a corrective to unsubstantiated claims or even hagiography, this is not a work that is intended to build faith in her prophetic life and ministry. One significant positive, both of the conference and the book, is increased engagement with historians outside of Adventism. I found this to be a stimulating read, although I disagreed with a number of the authors and their interpretation of sources. I will definitely write a more extended review later on about this volume. ...more
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Sep 29, 2015

Excellent historical treatment of one of the main founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Covers a broad range of issues relating to her life and ministry while avoiding the often hagiographic and purely antagonistic approaches that define the majority of other works exploring her biography.
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Oct 20, 2015

As a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist, I grew up hearing "Mrs. White says..." but not really understanding the theological, historical, and cultural impacts Ellen White held over the Seventh-day Adventist Church until I got to college. And now, I believe this volume provides an interesting and multi-faceted examination of her writings, life, theological impact, and cultural impact upon a denomination that is simultaneously known and unknown in the world.

For me, as an academic and literary As a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist, I grew up hearing "Mrs. White says..." but not really understanding the theological, historical, and cultural impacts Ellen White held over the Seventh-day Adventist Church until I got to college. And now, I believe this volume provides an interesting and multi-faceted examination of her writings, life, theological impact, and cultural impact upon a denomination that is simultaneously known and unknown in the world.

For me, as an academic and literary scholar, the chapter on culture proved the most fascinating. To this day, I have encountered people in the SDA church reluctant to read "fiction," simply because White wrote extensively against it. And I think the author brought up an interesting point--here, her own lack of formal education probably did not assist her in coming to literary fiction that rose above the sensationalist stories and pulp romances that were more easily accessible than more enduring works. ...more
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Jan 24, 2016

A great review of different aspects of Ellen White's life and legacy. Each chapter is written by a different author who specialized in that aspect of Ellen White's life, so you are bound to get a variety of perspectives that interact with each other as well as they complement each other.
The authors are not non-Adventist, but they do seem to be professionally unbiased or at least reasonable in their claims and sensible to an audience wider than Seventh - day Adventists.

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