Historian David Edwin Harrell Jr. conducted more than 100 hours of interviews with 75 people in seven countries, and researched thousands of documents from the Christian Broadcasting Network's files to present this account of Pat Robertson's life and legacy. Beyond the popular caricatures of Robertson you'll meet a principled, pragmatic man whose influence on the modern charismatic and conservative movements cannot be underestimated.
University of Notre Dame
"David Edwin Harrell is an eminent American religious biographer. Pat Robertson is a colorful and engaging subject whose career provides a window on much of American religion and politics in the past half century. Harrell's sympathetic portrayal is based on many previously unavailable sources and provides much new information on Robertson's activities in building a many-sided empire. Friends, foes, and 'undecideds' can all learn much from this comprehensive and well-crafted account. It will keep them reading."
editor of The Holiness Manifesto
"I am impressed with the breadth of Harrell's treatment of Robertson's life and impact. I commend this significant resource to readers and leaders from all streams of the church. . . . An important contribution."
Once again David Edwin Harrell has given us a work of superior historical scholarship. His biography of Pat Robertson reveals exhaustive research, elegant prose, and the wisdom of a seasoned analyst of the American religious landscape. Most impressive is Harrells ability to humanize a figure routinely smeared by the secular left and idolized by the Christian right. Harrells study will stand for a generation (or more) as the definitive treatment of one of the most enterprising and controversial religious voices of the twentieth century.
"Masterfully researched and written, David Harrell's Pat Robertson: a Life and Legacy will certainly be the definitive biography of one of the most important American religious and political leaders in modern times. This excellent book again proves why Harrell is one of the greatest biographers on the American scene. It is a classic portrait of a complex and influential man who has shaped much of Christian thought and action over the last fifty years."
To many, especially liberals, Pat Robertson is little more than a Christian charlatan whose intemperate remarks on diverting hurricanes and divine healings are a symptom of religiosity gone bad. Harrell, a retired professor at Alabamas Auburn University, is convinced otherwise. His biography of Robertson portrays the religious broadcaster as a centrist within the charismatic Pentecostal movement and a major player in the spread of American Christianity around the world. His thick tome is thorough, if not always insightful. He paints Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Christian Coalition, Regent University, and the American Center for Law and Justice, in a sympathetic but not fawning light. No excuses are given for Robertsons disastrous business deals abroad or his reckless comments about world leaders. Instead, Harrell gives Robertson credit for uniting conservative Roman Catholics, evangelicals, and Pentecostals on many culture war issues, such as abortion, and against what Robertsonand otherssee as a growing secular establishment hostile to Christianity. This volume will be appreciated as evenhanded but not especially far-reaching. (May)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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