An intriguing portrait of two 17th-century French Catholics whose ideas still influence today's American evangelicals and charismatic Christians. Displaying a thorough knowledge of mystical writing in the early modern era, Ward documents the extensive impact that the devotional writing of Madame Guyon and Archbishop Fenelon had on three centuries of American Protestant spirituality. 296 pages, hardcover from Baylor University.
In this study of Madame Guyon and, her defender, Francois de F nelon, the Archbishop of Cambray, Patricia Ward demonstrates how the ideas of these seventeenth-century Catholics were transmitted into an ongoing tradition of Protestant devotional literature--one that continues to influence American evangelicals and charismatic Christians today. Down a winding (and fascinating) historical path, Ward traces how the lives and writings of these two somewhat obscure Catholic believers in Quietism came to such prominence in American spirituality--offering, in part, a fascinating glance at the role of women in the history of devotional writing.
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