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The "Mother of The Salvation Army" as Catherine Booth-Mumford is sometimes called, did not only preach. She also published books and pamphlets.
Sometimes these books were collections of the addresses she held.
Some of her books are:
- Practical Religion (1879)
- Aggressive Christianity
- Life and Death
- Godliness
- Popular Christianity
- The Salvation Army in Relation to Church and State
Some of her books have been reprinted several times. Below are introduced two of her books:
Catherine Booth, wife of William Booth
Catherine Booth-Mumford
The book "Practical Religion" does contain the famous pamphlet "Female Ministry - or Woman's Right to Preach the Gospel" which was the first time published already 1859. But there are many other topics in this book.
One of these topics is
"Strong Drink versus Christianity". In this chapter are some of her words on this subject which show how important this theme was for Catherine Booth.

Book by Catherine Booth (Salvation Army Museum at Basel)

She writes:"The subject upon which I have been requested to write a paper is "The Value of Temperance in connection with Religious Aggressive Effort" I want to observe further that the use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage is the cause and strength of a very large proportion of the wickedness, crime vice and misery which exist around us...
The time has come for Christians to denounce the use of intoxicating drinks as irreligious and immoral...
How can that which produces all this crime and misery be a good thing? And if it be an evil thing, how can it be moderately used?..."
Finally Catherine Booth writes about the value of abstinence which is not only a spiritual one. But for her, this side is very important.
"Abstinence is valuable to those who are called to make such effort:
1. As a source of strength.
2. Abstinence is valuable to the Christian laborer as a safe-guard against temptation. The man who never uses it can never fall through its influence.
3. It is indispensable as a pioneer in reaching the drunkard. Thanks be to God, many of this class have been reclaimed and transformed in connection with our mission work; but I am not acquainted with a single instance in which the drink has not been entirely abandoned."
Her appeals in this chapter about strong drink are rather passionate and impressive. Several times she tries to awake the reader:
"Until Christian ministers and people will forego their own indulgence and undertake the labour of hunting down the drunkard, we say, for pity's sake, let those who do it who will, for any man has a better chance of salvation sober than drunk, under any circumstance...
Oh Christians! By your peace of conscience on a dying bed, by the eternal destinies of your children, by your concern for the glory of your God, by your care for never dying souls, by the love you owe your Savior, I beseech you BANISH THE DRINK! Banish it from your tables, banish it from you houses, and oh, for Christ's sake, banish it from His house!...
Arise, Christians, arise, and fight this foe! You and you alone are able, for your God will fight for you! Oh, come up to His help against this mighty champion of hell..."
Picture: "The War Cry", a Salvation Army newspaper
Old cover from a Salvation Army "War Cry"
Other chapters in this book deal with women in the ministry and the woman's right to preach the Gospel, training of children, dealing with anxious souls, backsliding, worldly amusements and Christianity, "hot" saints, prevailing prayer.
Another one of her books is
"The Salvation Army in Relation to the Church & State". Mrs. General Catherine Booth prefaces this book's purpose as being "useful to all disinterested and intelligent persons desiring to form a correct judgment as to the constitution and aim of The Salvation Army. The views herein expressed, not only convey the earnest convictions of my own mind, but also those of my husband (William Booth) and those most closely associated with him in the direction of The Army; and therefore may be taken, as far as they go, as an exemplification of the principles underlying this great movement." (Preface dated April 19,1883)
In the book Mrs. Booth - Mumford writes that some of the major points she considers important for the government to recognize to value the ministry of The Salvation Army are:
1. The Salvation Army benefits the State by creating respect for the law.
2. We believe that all rightly constituted authority rests on Divine authority, therefore we teach the fear of God as the basis of regard for man. You cannot reform man morally by his intellect...this is the mistake of most social reformers. You must reform man by His soul!
3. The Salvation Army tends to benefit the State, because we teach the universal brotherhood of man. We utterly repudiate the possibility of being right with God while doing wrong to man!
4. A further gain to the State through the influence of the Army is a greatly improved morality.
5. Another most important evidence of improvement in morality is the number of unfortunate women reclaimed through our agencies.
6. Another important national result of Salvation Army influence is a great diminution in the consumption of strong drink!
As far as The Salvation Army and its relation to the churches, Catherine Booth says "We are not antagonistic to the Churches. Any one would suppose we were from the adverse criticisms we get from Christian papers...We believe that God cares very little about our sectarian differences and divisions. The great main thing is the love of God and the service of humanity; and when we find people actuated by this motive, we love them whatever name they are called."
In conclusion, in the appendix of this book Catherine Booth says this: "I feel that these Addresses would be incomplete without a few words about the so-called secret book."
Whatever could she be talking about? I guess you will have to read the book and find out for yourself...
(Debra K. Johnson, USA)
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