Apparent Danger--The Pastor of America's First Megachurch and the Texas Murder Trial of the Decade in the 1920s by David Stokes

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[PLEASE NOTE: This story now available exclusively updated/revised with new title: THE SHOOTING SALVATIONIST: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America, by David R. Stokes in hardcover, paperback, audio, & e-book formats, and more than 20 vintage photographs. Foreword by Bob Schieffer of CBS News. Look for it in AMAZON store.]

In July of 1926, the pastor of the largest independent Baptist church in America - in fact, the nation's first megachurch - shot an unarmed man to death in his church office after an argument over a sermon. The notorious preacher was indicted for murder and faced the death penalty. The story was page-one news across the country. In fact, it may be the most famous story and courtroom drama you have never heard. Using more than 6,000 pages of newspaper articles, court records, and a variety of other published works, author and minister David Stokes vividly recreates the life of the most controversial figure in the history of fundamentalism in America. Apparent Danger yields clues to the origins of today's religious right and the modern phenomenon of preachers in politics. Was J. Frank Norris a dangerous cult leader? Are there ministers today who have modeled themselves after the notorious preacher from Texas? Let the reader decide.
 

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Published June 1, 2010 by Bascom Hill Books. 393 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In this vivid portrait, Norris is a larger-than-life figure but also a troubling one—a canny, charismatic man who allied himself with the Ku Klux Klan and shaped his followers’ paranoia and unfocused sense of grievance into a rabid personality cult.

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"This town isn't big enough for the both of us." - J.Frank Norris to an adversary.

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Frank Norris and how he not only became the pastor of Fort Worth's First Baptist Church, but how he used newspaper and radio to become nationally known as "the pastor of America's first megachurch."

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Stokes – a minister, broadcaster, and author – takes us back in to the 1920s;

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