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At the Bend of the River Grand



Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting has touched the lives of countless numbers of people. Author David Baggett says that one of his earliest memories when he was five years old was looking high into the air at the windows near the top of the tabernacle. “Its capacious wooden canopy was enough to mesmerize my imagination for quite some time. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was smack dab in the center of a vintage piece of classic Americana.” He describes his childhood memory of attending Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting each summer as “a couple-week-long intensive church-on-steroids event” that became a “part of the air I breathed.”

This book provides a detailed account of what camp meeting was (and still is) like with a daily log that covers every major event and service. This account includes summaries of sermons delivered by its presidents and evangelists of the past and present, an abundance of photographs culled from archives, and three appendices containing a record of past presidents, a year-by-year roster of camp officers, platform speakers, and other camp workers, along with the transcript of a sermon delivered by President W. G. Nixon in 1926.

This book is more than just a history of a Wesleyan holiness camp meeting; it is a rich narrative of temporal and eternal things that will ignite the reader’s imagination of what God has done through the sanctified lives of those whose goal was to provide a place where the call to holiness would be preached and an invitation given for all to be filled with the Holy Spirit enabling them to love God with all their heart, mind, and soul, and their neighbor as themselves. At the very least, this book is a reminder of life’s greatest value and the reason for being.


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