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Reference Information for the Book
- Name of Book: The Greatest Faith Ever Known
- Author Name: Fulton Oursler & April Oursler Armstrong
- Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY
- Year Released and/or ISBN Number: Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 53-9979, 1953
Type of Book
- Historical Novel based on Biblical facts and fictional suppositions about what might have taken place between Jesus and his apostles, along with the other key players of the time.
About the Writing
- The story of men who first spread the religion of Jesus and of the momentous times in which they lived
About the Authors
- The following was written by Fulton Oursler, an early friend of Alcoholics Anonymous. (A man of sound judgment, if I do say so myself!)
"I Wish I Were An Alcoholic
There are times when I wish I were an alcoholic. I mean I wish I were a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. The reason is that I consider the AA people the most charming in the world.
Such is my considered opinion. As a journalist, it has been my privilege to meet many people who are considered charming. I number among my friends stars and lesser lights on stage and cinema; writers are my daily diet; I know ladies and gentlemen of both political parties; I have been entertained in the White House; I've broken bread with kings, Ambassadors and ministers; and I say that I would prefer an evening with my AA friends to any person I've indicated. (Fulton Oursler was a magazine editor, religious author, and Hollywood screenwriter, and was an early Oxford Group member and friend to AA. He passed away in the year 1952. His official relationship with AA is as follows: Sept. 30, 1939, the very popular weekly Liberty Magazine, headed by Fulton Oursler, carried a piece titled? Alcoholics and God? by Morris Markey (who was influenced to write the article by Charles Towns). It generated about 800 inquiries from around the nation. Oursler (author of The Greatest Story Ever Told) became good friends with Bill W and later served as a Trustee and member of the Grapevine editorial board."
In Oct. 1949, Dr. William D. Silkworth and Fulton Oursler joined the Alcoholic Foundation Board.)
Some Quotes about the Book
- SIMON CALLED PETER – "In the days following the Ascension, Simon called Peter walked out alone in the country praying for guidance. This tall man appointed to destiny tramped the hills and valleys in the Palestinian springtime; a big man all over he was, with a head round as a globe and with prognathous jaws of a fighter---but the largest thing about him was his great loving heart." THE FIRST IMPRISONMENT – "Peter was not surprised at the measured tramp of marching feet entering the Court of Gentiles. That fastidious and unwarlike collection of timeservers and sinecure holders, the Temple Guard, drilled by their captain, one of the dandies of Jerusalem, was urged on by a knot of fuming priests and grumbling Sadducean theologians."
Why I Enjoyed Reading the Book
- This is the third book by this wonderful writer that I have read. A surprise about the authors, Fulton's daughter, April, wrote the last few chapters at her father's behest on his death bed before he was able to complete this final book of his life. April's writing style was close enough to her father's that without trying to analyze it you would hardly notice that someone else had taken over the helm. If someone really wants to enjoy reading about the church and how the early father's spread Christianity in the first century this book will not disappoint. The fact that this is really a fictional but historical account of what happened as chronicled by the bible, Oursler's storytelling ability brings to life what interaction between these first century holy men was truly like.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
The best part about this book is how easily the dialog flows and how it keeps your interest. It begins with the sunset of Christ's crucifixion and takes you through to when Nero ends Christianity in Rome. The wickedness of the rulers, the people, the soldiers and other subjects of that era are strikingly similar to today's world. There is no limit to the cruelty of man and his inhumanity to others and Oursler and his daughter, April, will keep you mesmerized with their renditions of what took place in the synagogues, the homes, and the public places where this epic tale played itself out.