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The Soul Surgeon

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Abstract

In 1921, at the age of 44, after two decades of practicing and teaching evangelism in the United States and Asia, Frank Buchman decided to strike off on his own. During those 20 years, Buchman had built the foundation for a remarkable and controversial religious movement. He developed a style of work, based on nineteenth century Anglo-American evangelicalism, that appealed to an elite audience. He built a network of followers and supporters around the world. Now he was unemployed and relying on the guidance of God.

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Scarlet Fever Personal Work Bible Study Interesting Sinner Christian Life 
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