In Heaven’s Bride, prize-winning historian Leigh Eric Schmidt offers a rich biography of this forgotten mystic, who occupied the seemingly incongruous roles of yoga priestess, suppressed sexologist, and suspected madwoman. In Schmidt’s evocative telling, Craddock’s story reveals the beginning of the end of Christian America, a harbinger of spiritual variety and sexual revolution.
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Ida Craddock was a dreamy, driven autodidact who was in her own strange way more American than the persecuting agent of the state...Heavenly bride, free-speech martyr, full-blown American eccentric, Craddock is reanimated by Mr. Schmidt's biography. Even skeptics will hope that somewhere, somehow, she and Soph are finding their bliss.Read Full Review of Heaven's Bride: The Unprintab... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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