Universalist history in Indiana, a new title

I got a second book promotion appeal this week, but this time I’ll spread the word. The author-publisher introduced herself to me several months ago, and there are a few people who read this blog the book may interest.

It is a journal about a “man was part of the Universalist movement in Indiana in the mid 1800’s,” one of the author’s ancestors.

The Journal of Amos Hannah
by Pat Gaines.

Categorized as Universalism

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. — From reviewing the promo…The book seems to me to be mostly a biography (more about the man than about his faith). His Universalism seems an important part of his historical context. It might be an interesting read for examining the life of a Universalist layperson, and seeing how he experienced the faith. Much of our history is grounded in the writings, sermons, and actions of ministers; which gives us a bit of distortion.


  2. Figuring that somebody had to read it, I did…

    …. its NOT a Universalist history at all. It contains 5 mentions of Univeralist in the index.
    He read some literature, attended services (twice in a weekend) and an Universalist Preacher preached at his mother-in-law’s funeral.

    on the other hand, Minister Daniel St. John is mentioned an additional 3 times,
    Rev George (Emmi ) Emmett is mentioned and the implication I get is that Hannah was an Universalist throughtout of this Journal.

    if you like history of regular folks of the 1800s (and I do), it is interesting – it is his diary – and pretty basic stuff – with some notes. A lot more time off than we’ve been led to believe!

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