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Fire in My Bones
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Glenn Hinson focuses on a single gospel program and offers a major contribution to our understanding not just of gospel but of the nature of religious experience.

A key feature of African American performance is the layering of performative voices and the constant shifting of performative focus. To capture this layering, Hinson demonstrates how all the parts of the gospel program work together to shape a single whole, joining speech and song, performer and audience, testimony, prayer, preaching, and singing into a seamless and multifaceted service of worship. Personal stories ground the discussion at every turn, while experiential testimony fuels the unfolding arguments. Fire in My Bones is an original exploration of experience and belief in a community of African American Christians, but it is also an exploration of African American aesthetics, the study of belief, and the ethnographic enterprise.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title
  2. p. v
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Seeking Understanding: "You Got to Be in It to Feel It"
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. Belief, Knowledge, and Experience: "The Lord Can Be Mysterious"
  2. pp. 9-13
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  1. 3. Experiencing the Holy: "Just Like Fire Shut Up in My Bones"
  2. pp. 14-24
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  1. 4. A Conversation: "You've Got to Open the Door"
  2. pp. 25-29
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  1. 5. Beginnings: "Happy to Be in the House of Worship"
  2. pp. 30-42
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  1. 6. Scripture: "It's About Being Sincere in Your Heart"
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. 7. Prayer: "The Vibrations of the Holy Spirit Go Out There"
  2. pp. 53-73
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  1. 8. A Conversation: "It's the Words of Him That's Speaking Through Me"
  2. pp. 74-83
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  1. 9. Song: "Sing Till the Power of the Lord Comes Down"
  2. pp. 84-109
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  1. 10. Praise: "Up Above My Head, I Hear Singing in the Air"
  2. pp. 110-124
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  1. 11. Welcome: "Not for the Appointment, but for the Anointment"
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. 12. Response: "God Ain't Coming into No Dead Heart"
  2. pp. 149-162
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  1. 13. The Emcee: "If You Have a Dry Emcee, You Have a Dry Anniversary"
  2. pp. 163-188
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  1. 14. Format: "Let's Give the Lord a Praise"
  2. pp. 189-202
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  1. 15. Purpose: "The Anointing of God Breaks the Yokes"
  2. pp. 203-229
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  1. 16. False Purpose: "We Didn't Come for No Form or Fashion"
  2. pp. 230-263
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  1. 17. Elevation: "Go Slow, Rise High, Catch on Fire, and Sit Down"
  2. pp. 264-307
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  1. 18. Invitation: "The Souls of Many Are Yet Lost"
  2. pp. 308-313
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  1. 19. Benediction: "May the Grace of God Rest, Rule, and Abide"
  2. pp. 314-326
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  1. Appendix: Stepping Around Experience and the Supernatural
  2. pp. 327-334
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 335-376
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 377-390
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 391-396
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 397-408
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