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This fascinating biography recounts the life, innovations, and impact of Reverend William Leroy Stidger (1885-1949), the Methodist preacher who brought modern marketing and publicity tactics to his crusade to save souls. A fervent, galvanizing speaker with a social conscience, he served on the front lines in World War I, provided social outreach for the destitute during the Great Depression, and performed missionary work in China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. Stidger's creative zeal revolutionized evangelical worship and the way preachers present themselves to the public. There was no form of media he did not embrace and use. He invented and patented an electric revolving cross-"A Lamp to Lighten the World"-to adorn church roofs and to attract worshippers. He advertised and wrote newspaper columns to publicize his church services and activities. He believed in pulpit editorials, defended the one-hour service, and even advocated bowling alleys on church grounds. A forerunner of Billy Graham, Norman Vincent Peale, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell, Stidger was the first minister to bring religion to the air waves with his nationally broadcast "Getting the Most out of Life," one of the country's most successful radio programs. His revolutionary tactics aroused controversy and fierce criticism, but ultimately changed the way we worship in America. But this book is more than a biography of a particularly effective and inspirational preacher. Evangelism's First Modern Media Star is also a social history of a large portion of America's past: the advent of industrialization; the era of Prohibition; the Great Depression and New Deal; the country's evolution from isolationism to internationalism; the rise of Nazi Germany and World War II; and the ever-changing role of religion in society. Stidger was a friend, confidante, and sometime critic to prominent figures like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Henry Ford, Sinclair Lewis, and Ethel Barrymore, and this book details the reverend's remarkable relationships with them and an array of others. As inviting and illuminating as Stidger's electric cross, this biography introduces readers to a unique figure in American history: an impassioned minister, social activist, and media innovator whose influence resonates into the twenty-first century.
Bill Stidger was the most famous preacher in America in the 1930s and the model for Sinclair Lewis's Elmer Gantry. Norman Vincent Peale and Cardinal Sheehan acknowledged their friend Stidger as the source of many of their ideas. Stidger was the first person to realize the potential of modern media promotional techniques for evangelizing. A fervent preacher with a social conscience, he invented and patented an electric revolving cross to adorn church roofs and attract worshippers. He used advertising and wrote newspaper columns to publicize his services and even supported bowling alleys on church grounds. He brought religion to the radio with his program "Getting the Most Out of Life." His tactics aroused controversy and changed the way we worship in America.
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