On We March: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Salvation Army Bette Dowdell

ISBN: 9780971772854

Published: October 16th 2008

Paperback

320 pages


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On We March: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Salvation Army  by  Bette Dowdell

On We March: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Salvation Army by Bette Dowdell
October 16th 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780971772854 | 8.20 Mb

The Salvation Army is like no other church on the planet, so unique, in fact, that few people realize its a church. No other church covers their amazing breadth of action- no other organization performs without regard to public acclaim or reward-MoreThe Salvation Army is like no other church on the planet, so unique, in fact, that few people realize its a church. No other church covers their amazing breadth of action- no other organization performs without regard to public acclaim or reward- and no other church makes such a huge, no-strings-attached effort for non-members A Salvationists faith is, above all, practical.

Its Christianity with skin and shoes on. This not a Kum Ba Yah kind of crowd. Bette Dowdell grew up in The Salvation Army, her mother and father both officers, as the Army calls their clergy. Her loving, laugh-out-loud memoir describes how her family conquered obstacle after obstacle, and it introduces a cast of characters youll want to meet. Dowdell writes: I did not grow up in a vanilla family. Vanilla is comfortable, fairly predictable and somewhat bland. That doesnt describe us. Some people believe the opposite of vanilla has to be dysfunctional, where anger, rage and lack of connection rule the roost.

That doesnt describe us, either. We had love to spare, with parents who gave us dreams to dream and a big leg-up on the future. Our lack of vanilla predictability came from growing up in The Salvation Army, with constant moving, difficult circumstances and almost no money. But, heres the key: None of us realized we had it hard- we each thought we were living a life of privilege.

At the hub of all this optimism was Daddy, a once-in-a-lifetime man, ably assisted by Mother, always ready to take whatever hill appeared on the horizon. This is their story. To give you an idea, people who knew Daddy routinely refer to him as either Sir Charles or Saint Charles. Thats the kind of effect he had. To know him was to understand the meaning of awe. Brilliant, good looking, a gifted speaker, gifted musician, gifted athlete-heck, gifted pretty much everything-and yet with a firmly grounded ego that focused on others.

And Mother wasnt exactly chopped liver. Together they raised five children once described by a sister-in-law as intimidating as (Im paraphrasing here) all get out. On We March: A memoir of growing up in The Salvation Army has the love and morality of Little House on the Prairie, but isnt vanilla. And it has the energy of The Three Stooges, but isnt wacky. Its stories will make you laugh a lot and maybe cry a little.



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