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J. Frank Norris: The Fascinating, Controversial Life of a Forgotten Figure…

by Michael E. Schepis

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J. Frank Norris was one of the most fascinating, and controversial figures in the first half of the twentieth century. This biography highlights some of the thousands of words and deeds of the man referred to as “The Texas Tornado”, “The Fighting Parson”, and most often simply “The Preacher.” He is most well-known as the pastor of the first two mega churches in America. He survived several attempts on his life, was tried in court for perjury, arson, and murder, and spoke to millions in person and by radio. He possessed a rare combination of superior charisma, intellect, ability as a speaker, persuasive power, and leader. He was a pastor, evangelist, educator, author, publisher, world traveler, and as much as anything else he was a sensationalist. Many of his opponents hated or feared him. His friends admired and revered him.
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