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Recollections of a missionary in the great west

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Recollections of a Missionary in the Great West is a captivating account of Cyrus Townsend Brady's experiences as a missionary in the American West during the late 19th century. Brady's articulate storytelling provides readers with a detailed glimpse into the challenges and triumphs he faced while spreading the Gospel in a rugged and untamed land.

Brady's vivid descriptions of the western landscape, the Native American tribes he encountered, and the hardships of frontier life truly bring his narrative to life. His ability to convey the beauty and danger of the West is both captivating and thought-provoking, making this book a compelling read for history enthusiasts and those interested in the intersection of religion and culture.

One of the most striking aspects of Brady's memoir is his deep respect for the indigenous peoples he worked with. His willingness to learn from and adapt to their ways of life showcases a level of cultural understanding and empathy that was ahead of its time. This trait sets his account apart from other missionary memoirs of the era, making it a valuable historical document for contemporary readers.

Overall, Recollections of a Missionary in the Great West is a fascinating and informative read that sheds light on a lesser-known chapter of American history. Brady's engaging storytelling, coupled with his profound insights into faith and culture, make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the complex and often tumultuous history of the American West.

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Brady was a journalist, historian, adventure writer, and Episcopal priest. As a priest he spent some time on the American frontier as a missionary. “…the experiences are personal and actually occurred as they are set down, to the best of my recollection…. Only one story was ‘made up’ for the occasion, and that combines several actual incidents. I hope that this book may serve to interest those who read it in the life of the average missionary on the Western frontier – a life of mingled work and pleasure, joy and pathos, hardship and fun.” The book revels in the joys of everyday life, an example of the Episcopal spirituality of seeing the world as a gift from God, to be encountered and gloried in with excitement and appreciation. One recent reader was so enthralled with the book that she read it all in one sitting, not particularly for the religion but for the picture of the people and life of the frontier. Notes: The Daughters Of The King (chapter 3) is an order of laywomen in the Episcopal Church who, remaining in their ordinary lives, commit to a discipline of prayer and service. ( Book preface and david wales)


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