Gods Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America

Hardcover | July 12, 2013

byLarry Eskridge

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The Jesus People movement of the late 1960s and 1970s was an important force in the lives of millions of American Baby Boomers. This unique combination of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity first appeared amid 1967's famed "Summer of Love" in San Francisco's Haight-Ashburydistrict and grew like wildfire in Southern California and in cities like Seattle, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. In 1971 the growing movement found its way into the national spotlight, attracting a great deal of contemporary media and scholarly attention. In the wake of publicity, the movement gainedmomentum and attracted a huge new following among evangelical church youth who enthusiastically adopted the Jesus People persona as their own. In the process, the movement spread across the country - particularly into the Great Lakes region - and coffeehouses, "Jesus Music" singers, and "One Way"bumper stickers soon blanketed the land. Within a few years, however, the movement faded and disappeared and was largely forgotten by everyone but those who had filled its ranks.God's Forever Family is the first major attempt to re-examine the Jesus People phenomenon in over thirty years. It reveals that it was one of the most important American religious movements of the second half of the 20th-century. Not only did the Jesus movement produce such burgeoning newevangelical groups as Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard movement, but the Jesus People paved the way for the huge Contemporary Christian Music industry and the rise of "Praise Music" in the nation's churches. More significantly, perhaps, it revolutionized evangelicals' relationship with youth andpopular culture - important factors in the evangelical subculture's emerging engagement with the larger American culture from the late 1970s forward. God's Forever Family makes the case that the Jesus People movement not only helped create a resurgent evangelicalism but - alongside the hippiecounterculture and the student movement - must be considered one of the major formative powers that shaped American youth in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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The Jesus People movement of the late 1960s and 1970s was an important force in the lives of millions of American Baby Boomers. This unique combination of the hippie counterculture and evangelical Christianity first appeared amid 1967's famed "Summer of Love" in San Francisco's Haight-Ashburydistrict and grew like wildfire in Southern ...

Larry Eskridge was born in North Carolina and raised in the Chicago area, where he was involved with the Jesus People movement in the 1970s. A student of evangelicals' relationship to mass media and pop culture, he has been on the staff of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College since 1988. He is Associ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Remembering the Jesus Generation1. 'God Knocked Me off My Metaphysical Ass': The First "Jesus Freaks" in San Francisco2. Jesus Comes to Haight-Ashbury3. ". . . and Your Sons and Your Daughters Shall Prophecy": The Jesus People Movement in Southern California, 1968-19694. Unto Seattle, Milwaukee, New Jersey, and the Uttermost Parts: The Jesus People Movement Goes Nationwide5. It Only Takes a Spark: The Jesus People Movement in the National Spotlight6. The Jesus Kids: The Jesus People Movement Becomes Evangelical Youth Culture, 1971-19747. Division in the Camp: The Jesus People vs. the Children of God8. Sweet, Sweet Song of Salvation: Music and the Jesus People9. I Wish We'd All Been Ready: The Jesus People Fade From View10. God's Forever Family: The Long-Term Impact of the Jesus People MovementAppendix A: Jesus People Survey: Tabulations and Comments