For my Friday meme combo this week I have chosen 1929 – A Crisis that Shaped The Salvation Army’s Future by John Larsson. It’s a book I’ve been reading lately that I have found to be more fascinating than I thought it would be. GoodReads has the following short description:
In 1929 a constitutional storm that had long been gathering suddenly burst, sweeping from office General Bramwell Booth, the son and successor to William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army. So traumatic was this event that for many years ‘1929’ – for that is how it was known – was only talked of in hushed tones in Army circles. The telling of what happened was left to those outside the Army family. Now after more than 80 years the full story of the crisis, with all its astonishing twists and turns, is set out by General John Larsson (Retired). In drafting this account, John Larsson has had access to hitherto unpublished material, much of it in the Army’s heritage centres around the world.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of 1929:
It was New Year’s Day 1929. As the car inched its way along the icy London roads on the 100-mile journey towards Southwold, the small east-coast community near Lowestoft, Commissioner Catherine Booth looked out on the wintry scene and prepared her mind for the distressing task ahead.
This doesn’t sound like a good beginning to the year for someone!
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
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It’s that simple.
From page 56 of 1929:
The first seismic movement had been felt exactly one year previously, March 1925, when headquarters officers around the world received an anonymous four-page manifesto ‘The First Blast of a Trumpet’ addressed ‘To Staff Officers Only.’
It was an attack on the established order of things.
It sounds like trouble is brewing! I’m about two-thirds of the way through the book now and should probably get it finished during the coming weekend. It has been a great read so far.