The Salvation Army has now been around for more than one hundred and fifty years, having celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2015 with an International Congress in London. Over the years both the Army and the world in which it appeared have changed beyond recognition. This is a good time for the movement to stop and look back--not just to celebrate, but to see where it is today. The Army has not evolved in isolation from the world. Bringing its own history with it, it nevertheless belongs to the twenty-first century world as much as William Booth's little East End Mission belonged to nineteenth-century London. This book attempts to explore the interaction between mission and world as it has impacted the Army's beliefs and practices as well as the place it now occupies in the wider world. This critical and analytical study may also be of interest to those beyond the Army's ranks who would like to learn more about this remarkable organization. ""Saved to Save and Saved to Serve is not only an excellent introduction to the history of the Salvation Army, but a brilliant analysis of the organization's development as a religious institution. Examining everything from its historical roots--its theology, ecclesiology, style of worship, and social action--to its present-day attitude, Hill shows us clearly just how the Army, by a natural evolution and a deliberate program of institutionalization, has progressed from a freestyle evangelical agency into a community church."" --R. G. Moyles, University of Alberta, Canada, Salvation Army historian ""This book is a rich history . . . a very helpful book for those of us trying to make sense of the Army from outside, helping us to interpret language we would struggle to understand. I highly recommend this book. --Peter Lineham, Massey University Albany, Auckland, New Zealand ""In this astounding page-turner, Harold Hill articulates the Salvation Army's international story with a historian's mind, a cartoonist's eye, a theologian's heart, a prophet's nerve, and a practitioner's calling to the back streets.
Saved to Save and Saved to Serve was published by Resource Publications in July 2017 and is our 7403rd best seller. The ISBN for Saved to Save and Saved to Serve is 9781532601675.