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A lavishly illustrated centennial history. The Promise of Grace is an illustrated centennial history of Grace Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, a vibrant, model Christian community at the forefront of American faith Written by America's renowned scholar of religious history, this book brings to life through photographs and stories the people and faith of Grace Lutheran Church since a group of German immigrants came together to worship one hundred years ago. In addition to telling the fascinating story of a single congregation, the book is also important for the way it reflects on a century of American religiosity and highlights the challenges faced by leading churches amid profound social change. Those who welcome stories of congregational life will find this a well-told, illuminating tale enhanced by restored and original photographs.
Martin E. Marty (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught for thirty-five years. His many honors include the Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many books are Righteous Empire - for which he won the National Book Award and the three-volume Modern American Religion. Visit the author's Web site at www.illuminos.com
Recent publications include World Christianity: A Global History (Random House); The Mystery of the Child (Eerdmans. 2007) and Building Cultures of Trust (Emory University Studies in Law and Religion, Eerdmans, 2010).
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