Jesus and Pocahontas: Gospel, Mission, and National Myth
By: Howard A. Snyder (author)Paperback
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Most Americans know the story of Pocahontas, but not the fact that she was a Christian, and the reasons for her dramatic conversion. Pocahontas had a history-altering encounter with Jesus Christ. A key figure was Alexander Whitaker, pioneer Anglican missionary in Virginia, who taught Pocahontas the Christian faith - but is almost totally unknown today. This story of Pocahontas has never fully been told. Or it has been ridiculed. Yet it is true, as this book now documents. In these pages the real Pocahontas comes alive as a flesh-and-blood person with her own thoughts and decisions. This book shows the beauty, the romance, and the tragedy of Pocahontas's short life. It also traces the way the Pocahontas story has been used and misused over the past 400 years, opening the door to the larger issue of the suppression of native peoples in US history. The real story of Pocahontas presents a timely case study both in the history of missions and the history of America - an investigation of the interplay between gospel, culture, and national mythology.
Howard A. Snyder is Visiting Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre in Manchester, England. He has served as a pastor and as a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary (1996-2006), Tyndale Seminary in Toronto (2007-2012), and elsewhere. His books include The Problem of Wineskins, The Radical Wesley, Models of the Kingdom, and Salvation Means Creation Healed (with Joel Scandrett).
Foreword by Randy Woodley Personal Note Permissions Introduction Chapter One Little Princess Pocahontas? Chapter Two Her Daddy's Empire Chapter Three Enter Pocahontas Chapter Four John Smith, Powhatan, Pocahontas Chapter Five The Starving Time Chapter Six Kidnapped: Pocahontas Betrayed Chapter Seven True Love: Pocahontas and John Rolfe Chapter Eight Pocahontas Meets Jesus Chapter Nine John Rolfe, Tobacco Man Chapter Ten London Celebrity Chapter Eleven Last Days of Pocahontas Chapter Twelve Twisting the Gospel Chapter Thirteen Faces of Pocahontas: Justifying Myth Chapter Fourteen Faces of Pocahontas: Virgin Mother Chapter Fifteen Faces of Pocahontas: Disney Celebrity Chapter Sixteen The Long, Bitter Trail Chapter Seventeen Pocahontas in Heaven Chapter Eighteen Pocahontas Speaks Chapter Nineteen The Uses of Pocahontas and the Four Sins Chapter Twenty Takeaways: What It All Means Sources and Acknowledgements Bibliography General Index
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