Delighted to see Brett Grainger’s Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America in print. Here is what I wrote for the back cover:
In this extraordinary book, Brett Grainger writes beautifully about how antebellum evangelicals saw “field, forest, and stream” as suffused with the immediate presence of Christ. Church in the Wild convincingly argues that nature spirituality was as much an everyday practice for evangelicals as Bible piety. Readers will come away from this profound reinterpretation with a changed understanding of evangelicals as practitioners of outdoor worship, natural theology, and vital piety.