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by Ann Rowe Seaman

Follows the life and career of the Pentecostal televangelist from empoverished beginnings through the rapid rise of the religious right to his ultimate fall from grace
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ISBN: 0826411177
ISBN13: 978-0826411174
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Christian Living
Author: Ann Rowe Seaman
Language: English
Publisher: Continuum (November 1, 1999)
Pages: 438 pages
ePUB size: 1616 kb
FB2 size: 1892 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 824
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I commend the author for her amazing ability to clarify a very unusual family, how they lived and how Jimmy's life has had a profound effect on the world. She captured the true Jimmy Swaggart and portrayed sides of him that most readers would never know. I appreciate the tremendous amount of time she had to spend researching, to share so much information about a "self made" man whose life is still an enigma. She was fair and I think honest about her writings. I wonder if she felt like she really knew him upon completion of the book. Hope she writes a follow up.
C. Ruth's review, below, says much of what I had planned to write about this book. In addition, I think that Ann Seaman, as a woman, is particularly well suited to write about the influence of Frances Swaggart on Jimmy and the Swaggart Ministries. Frances comes across as an iron fist inside a velvet glove, responsible for much of the success of Jimmy and the organization, and Seaman's revelation that Frances prefers women to men goes a long way towards explaining Jimmy's dalliances with prostitutes.

The Lewis-Swaggart-Gilley family is just as complex and interesting as the Kennedys or the Bushes, and may also justifiably be described as part of America's "aristocracy". If nothing else, they have come a long way from those tiny shacks, without running water or electricity, in Ferriday, Louisiana. How many of the rest of us could do as well?
Love Me
Written from a very non-judgmental angle. I could not put this down once I started. It is very informative and sad to see how the foundations of our lives shape and sometimes haunt us into adulthood. While reading this book, at times I felt compassion, other times anger, sometimes harsh judgement and then complete understanding. Emotions were very present. The end result; I have more compassion on Jimmy Swaggart as a human being fighting his own demons, like the rest of mankind, than ever before. Read it and determine for yourself why we need a wonderful forgiving saviour like Jesus!
The book was well written and informative without a biased slant. Author gave a very thorough investigation of Swaggart and the televangelist industry.
digytal soul
I have long held the theory that there is little difference between a popular televangelist and a rock star. They just play to different audiences. Both undergo the same temptations. Both face the same potential pitfalls that are the side-effects of fame. The life of Jimmy Swaggart is in many ways intertwined with that of his cousin, rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (and, to a lesser extent, with his other famous cousin Micky Gilley). This book gives insight into how these relationships, along with his poor Southern upbringing and his youthful religious experiences shaped him into to the well-known Christian celebrity he later became. Soberingly, it also points out that the seeds of his downfall were planted early in life, and the demons that would gain victory over him were the same ones he struggled against his entire life.
What really impresses me about this book is the fact that it is anything but a hatchet job. In fact, Jimmy Swaggart had many admirable qualities, despite his struggles with anger and sexual temptation. The author points out many times that the media was unfair in their assessment of Swaggart. She bends over backwards, in fact, to be fair and even-handed. The book does make it fairly clear that much of the ambition to make it to the "top" and the later drive to maintain a lavish lifestyle comes from his wife, who rules the Swaggart empire with an iron hand. If there is any fault in this book, it's that it barely mentions the years since the scandal, where Jimmy maintains a more modest, scaled-down ministry. But that is a minor fault. All the important stuff is here.
I suppose the facts were given and the truth was told. I don't think the author was on Jimmy's side necessarily. But whatever happened, and it is so hard to believe it did---Jimmy Swaggart is truly a man of God and every word he speaks is Truth. His Biblical knowledge is astonishing and accurate in every way. He is a man like me, but his words and music bring me closer to God.
This beautifully written biography is an insightful and balanced look at Jimmy Swaggart and "big religion" in America and a fascinating analysis of the "evil twins" of Mr. Swaggart's religion and his cousin Jerry Lee Lewis' music. Ms. Seaman remains fair to Mr. Swaggart without being blind to his faults. She does not try to make you like or dislike Jimmy Swaggart or his religion; she helps you to understand him and how he is a result of his background. I have never been a Swaggart fan, but after reading this book I can respect what he accomplished and am sympathetic to his shortcomings. It is obvious that Ms. Seaman is from the South (Texas). She has a great feel for the poor rural South and portrays its people with understanding and sympathy, but without creating false heroes. The descriptive passages reminded me of William Faulkner. This book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the phenomenon of organized religion in America; in stories about overcoming a "hard luck" childhood; or in the South.