"Feminist," with its modern interpretation, might not be the word Alma White would have chosen, but there is no doubt that this strong and independent woman fought all the definitions of what a woman was supposed to be at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. When women were mostly consigned to the roles of wife and mother--and bitterly opposed as preachers--Alma White developed into a fierce and successful religious leader. A founder of the Pentecostal Union (later renamed the Pillar of Fire), she found biblical affirmation for her role as prophet and preacher. She was larger than life. A brilliant businesswoman, she was one of the first church leaders to embrace technology with the purchase of multiple radio stations. Alma White was one of those great, landmark American characters out of whom the richest of history is made.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"This biography of Alma White is, in a word, fascinating. Stanley details the life of this spunky, turn-of-the-century feminist preacher. . . . The result is an extraordinarily honest look at a most unusual woman . . . Well worth reading." --Bookstore Journal
"Alma White (1862-1946) was a fundamentalist and a feminist, an oxymoronic combination. Stanley narrates the major events in her life in order to explain how this woman who seemed to embrace contradiction was living consistently to her own conscience. . . .Stanley's biography of this complex woman is both intriguing and enlightening." --Booklist
". . . a well-rounded biography which enhances the reader's understanding of the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition, the women's rights movement, and a significant twentieth-century woman and the denomination she founded." --Methodist History
Susie C. Stanley
Susie Cunningham Stanley is Professor of Historical Theology at Messiah College, Grantham, PA.