Ann the Word



Ann the Word Believed By Her Followers To Have Been The Second Incarnation Of Christ, Ann Lee May Be One Of The Most Extraordinary And Mysterious Women In The History Of Western Culture From Humble Origins In Manchester, England, She Became The Visionary Religious Leader Of The Shakers, A Small Religious Cult Characterized By Wild Shaking, Impassioned Singing, Speaking In Tongues, And A Belief That The End Of The World Was Near When She Died At Age Forty Eight, Having Brought Her Faithful To America In 1774, She Left Behind A Religious Movement That Was To Have Thousands Of Followers Masterfully Conveying The Energy And Strangeness Of The Shakers In Their Radical Early Years, Ann The Word Is A Penetrating Look At A Pioneer Who, In Feminizing Christianity, Contributed To The Status Of Women In Her Own Time And Ever After.

10 thoughts on “Ann the Word

  1. says:

    Ann Lee joined the Shaker sect after it had been established for eleven years She rose in the odd sect until she became known as The Word, The Mother of the Shakers, and even The Female Messiah I thought this would be an interesting book, giving a peek into the mind of a person with such ideas How do you go from knowing yourself to be an ordinary person to be...

  2. says:

    A really interesting history of an 18th century poor illiterate woman who had the personality and charisma to inspire a movement in England and America The early history of the Shakers is pretty interesting as well In their beginnings, they would pretty clearly they be characterized as a cult today The faith settled down after this early period of disorganized meetings and became what we recognize today But Ann Lee pretty single handedly inspired an entire movement Quite an amazing ac A really interesting history of an 18th century poor illiterate woman who had the personality and charisma ...

  3. says:

    This book appears to be meticulously researched but left me withquestions about how Ann and the Shakers gained converts and I would have likedexplanation of the climate in America at the time that made the conversions possible.

  4. says:

    Review forthcoming.Overall Review 3.5

  5. says:

    Read this because I ve long held a fascination with Mother Ann and believe she would be a sensational topic for a historical novel The first part of the book, her early life in Manchester, was the best because it focused on Ann After she comes to America, the account degenerates into a recall of event after event involving the persecution of the Shakers Francis liberally calls the group a cult, and given their beliefs and actions, I think that s probably accurate Ann Lee presented herself Read this because I ve long held a fascination with Mother Ann and believe she would be a sensational topic for a historical novel The first part of the book, her early life in Manchester, was the best because it focused on Ann After she comes to America, the account degenerates into a recall of event after event involving the persecution of the Shakers Francis liberally calls the group a cult, and given their beliefs and actions, I think that s probably accurate Ann Lee presented herself as the female Messiah she believed that, like Jesus, she was imbued with the spirit of God to minister to her time I was also interested in how George Whitehead and other New Light Great Awakening figures infl...

  6. says:

    This is a biography of Ann Lee, the woman who founded the quaking shakers,commonly known as the Shakers They had villages throughout New England in late 1700 s to the 1930 s There are still six or seven Shakers living up in Maine But anyways Ann Lee is pretty fascinating person, she decided she was the second coming of Christ while in a mental institution for one thing She also did a lot for womans rights The Shakers were one of the most sucessfull groups in early america, and produc This is a biography of Ann Lee, the woman who founded the quaking shakers,commonly known as the Shakers They had villages throughout New England in late 1700 s to the 1930 s There are still six or seven Shakers living up in Maine But anyways Ann Lee is pretty fascinating person, she decided she was the second coming of Christ while in a mental institution for one thing She also did a lot for womans r...

  7. says:

    Ugh where to begin I love the Shakers I wanted to love this book I hated this book I only read it because I m stubborn and want to read everything about the Shakers ever published I m only keeping it for the same reason There is too much smarm, too much self centeredness from the author, and not enough actual content In a lot of ways Ann comes off as unlikeable, even when the author is praising her and himself , in the same breath There are very few biographies about Ann Lee out ther Ugh where to begin I love the Shakers I wanted to love this ...

  8. says:

    Interesting and thorough biographical sketch of Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers Ironically, Ann the Word was actually illiterate The author shares lots of information and insight into her life and the conditions under which the first Shakers lived and worshipped.

  9. says:

    slow but readable

  10. says:

    The one star is definitely for the writing and not the subject matter I still want to knowabout Ann Lee, but I just cannot finish this book right now.

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