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Summary ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Jane Shaw Free download Octavia Daughter of God ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Jane Shaw ´ 5 characters In 1919 in the wake of the upheaval of World War I a remarkable group of English women came up with their own solution to the world's griefa new religion At the heart of the Panacea Society was a charismatic and autocratic leader a vicar's widow named Mabel Barltrop Her followers called her Octavia and believed that she was the daughter of God sent to build the New Jerusalem in BedfordProclaiming the female aspects of God Octavia attracted former suffragettes middle class Christian women and passionate spiritual seekers to Bedford where they followed her in rigorous religious practices She appointed twelve women as her apostles. I am so so happy about this book Can you believe that there was an English cult that thought the daughter of God lived in Bedford And they kept a house for Christ to return to And the daughter of God issued directives about HOW TO BAKE CAKES It s everything I love most in the world it s perfect and it s all TRUE 13Please note this review is meant as a recommendation only If you use it in any marketing material online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first I will ask you to remove that use immediately Thank you

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Summary ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Jane Shaw Free download Octavia Daughter of God ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Jane Shaw ´ 5 characters Zed personality of Octavia; the faith of her devoted followers who believed they would never die; and the intricacies and intrigues of her close knit communityBut Octavia Daughter of God is also about a moment at the advent of modernity when a generation of newly empowered women tried to re make Christianity in their own image Startlingly modern in their resolve and curiously reactionary in their social views and politics their story is a portrait of an age It offers a window into the anxieties and hopes of the interwar years through the lives of ordinary people who believed extraordinary things about God this world and the next. I m slowly developing an interest in early 20th century British history This book combines all the things I normally love about Chinese religion millenarianism women in leading roles apocalyptic visions spirit writing immortality etc but transfers them to a very middle class setting in Bedford with old English ladies creating their own heterodox cult It is a fascinating piece of history A group of women who came to contact each other over the writings of Joanna Southcott came to believe that one of them was the daughter of god a female messiah who had come to give immortal life in this world and they set up their own religious community in Bedford Some of the women were ex suffreagettes there was a vicar s widow and women who didn t marry To me the first section of this book was the most interesting It looked at the way the women started getting in touch with each other formed their relationships and started to form the ideas behind their new religioncult Which they saw as just another part of the C of E and not at all heterodox The community that they built through letter writing reminded me a lot of the online communities of women that exist now People from all different places that communicate ideas by writing that they d not be able to express with the people around them It was interesting to see how their ideas were shaped and how they seemed to grow out of the lack of place for women in the Church of England at that time The book was written by a female Anglican priest who twice wrote how in another time MabelOctavia might have just become a priest But their beliefs seemed to grow out of the horror from the first world war with a belief that the prophecies of Joanna Southcott would be able to change the horror and the very restricted place of women in the Church Their idea was that as women had caused the fall only women would be able to save the human race and thus there was a need for a female saviour to complete the work that Jesus began One of the things that was most interesting about the women and their community for eventually men did join them Was that apart from their uite radicall beliefs they were painfully normal and very conservative in most other ways They held tea parties and in her instructions Octavia would give strict instructions on decorations cakes not skimping on the sugar and clothing that was appropriate Even the right kind of table manners were very important The people who joined the community had to be independently wealthy be able to support themselves without working and be able to buy a house to live in within the community Members who wanted to join but couldn t affoard this became servants They weren t allowed to worship with the rich members would have to serve them 6 days a week and were treated pretty terribly The women also supported fascists and didn t believe in any kind of social care at all After a few years they started a healing ministry selling little pieces of cloth that Octavia had breathed on These were used to heal and sent out to people it was reuested that everyone write back and let them know how they were progressing with their healing the healing process was meant to gradual Shaw explained how Octavia discovered her healing gift but not how they decided to start a whole new healing ministry which I thought was a little disappointing Most of the book was very much concerned with the day to day living of the community The sexual problems the problems of Octavia s children but for me I would have enjoyed a bit analysis of how they got to their beliefs and practices Rather the author focused on the way they lived For me the fact that they were so ordinary and conservative in almost every respect except for the very strange religious beliefs was fascinating It made me wonder why this one aspect was so different Which of course made me uestion whether they really were so very ordinary in every other aspect It seemed like at times the author was trying to portray them as very typical examples of women of their class and age but of course the fact that they were part of this community and had their beliefs and practices meant that they really weren t I would have liked to have seen exploration of this difference and perhaps some theories as to whyOverall though I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a very interesting community At times it sounded like it was very damaging to its members but they also seemed uite likeable in many ways Because it as so recent and the author had so much material to draw from you really got a sense of the personalities involved which made it very interesting indeed Rayleigh Through Time years through the lives of ordinary people who believed extraordinary things about God this world and the next. I m slowly developing an interest in early 20th century British history This book combines all the things I normally love about Chinese religion millenarianism women in leading roles apocalyptic visions spirit writing immortality etc but transfers them to a very middle class setting in Bedford with old English ladies creating their own heterodox cult It is a fascinating piece of history A group of women who came to contact each other over the writings of Joanna Southcott came to believe that one of them was the daughter of god a female messiah who had come to give immortal life in this world and they set up their own religious community in Bedford Some of the women were ex suffreagettes there was a vicar s widow and women who didn t marry To me the first section of this book was the most interesting It looked at the way the women started getting in touch with each other formed their relationships and started to form the ideas behind their new religioncult Which they saw as just another part of the C of E and not at all heterodox The community that they built through letter writing reminded me a lot of the online communities of women that exist now People from all different places that communicate ideas by writing that they d not be able to express with the people around them It was interesting to see how their ideas were shaped and how they seemed to grow out of the lack of place for women in the Church of England at that time The book was written by a female Anglican priest who twice wrote how in another time MabelOctavia might have just become a priest But their beliefs seemed to grow out of the horror from the first world war with a belief that the prophecies of Joanna Southcott would be able to change the horror and the very restricted place of women in the Church Their idea was that as women had caused the fall only women would be able to save the human race and thus there was a need for a female saviour to complete the work that Jesus began One of the things that was most interesting about the women and their community for eventually men did join them Was that apart from their uite radicall beliefs they were painfully normal and very conservative in most other ways They held tea parties and in her instructions Octavia would give strict instructions on decorations cakes not skimping on the sugar and clothing that was appropriate Even the right kind of table manners were very important The people who joined the community had to be independently wealthy be able to support themselves without working and be able to buy a house to live in within the community Members who wanted to join but couldn t affoard this became servants They weren t allowed to worship with the rich members would have to serve them 6 days a week and were treated pretty terribly The women also supported fascists and didn t believe in any kind of social care at all After a few Biggles Flies East years they started a healing ministry selling little pieces of cloth that Octavia had breathed on These were used to heal and sent out to people it was reuested that everyone write back and let them know how they were progressing with their healing the healing process was meant to gradual Shaw explained how Octavia discovered her healing gift but not how they decided to start a whole new healing ministry which I thought was a little disappointing Most of the book was very much concerned with the day to day living of the community The sexual problems the problems of Octavia s children but for me I would have enjoyed a bit analysis of how they got to their beliefs and practices Rather the author focused on the way they lived For me the fact that they were so ordinary and conservative in almost every respect except for the very strange religious beliefs was fascinating It made me wonder why this one aspect was so different Which of course made me uestion whether they really were so very ordinary in every other aspect It seemed like at times the author was trying to portray them as very typical examples of women of their class and age but of course the fact that they were part of this community and had their beliefs and practices meant that they really weren t I would have liked to have seen exploration of this difference and perhaps some theories as to whyOverall though I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a very interesting community At times it sounded like it was very damaging to its members but they also seemed uite likeable in many ways Because it as so recent and the author had so much material to draw from Letters to Chloe you really got a sense of the personalities involved which made it very interesting indeed

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Summary ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Jane Shaw Free download Octavia Daughter of God ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Jane Shaw ´ 5 characters And put the rest to work to spread her Word that human beings through Panacea could achieve immortal life on earthAcclaimed historian Jane Shaw found the last living members of the Panacea Society who revealed to her their immense painstakingly preserved archives She discovered a utopian community that once had seventy residents thousands of followers and an international healing ministry that reached 130000 people around the globe Octavia Daughter of God is a fascinating group biography and a revelatory work of cultural and narrative history Vividly told by turns funny and tragic it reveals in intimate detail the complex out si. There are two main rules to follow when setting up a religion first never make a claim for the end of the world and second never claim immortality for your leader While the Panacea Society did not make the first mistake they fell full prey to the second Not only did they claim immortality of their leader Octavia but also for each of them Now the religion is no but they had a good run of it over ninety years of faith carried out in the Holy Town of BedfordLast year I visited the Holy Town to The Campus home of the Panacea Society I even had tea and lemon drizzle cake in the garden believed by the Society to be the Garden of Eden itself It was a beautiful July day and as I sat there with my refreshment watching a blackbird singing on a bush I could see how the Panaceans felt as they didIt was in Bedford that I bought a copy of Octavia Daughter of God by Ruth Hall at a price I began to think may have been an accident The book was written in 2011 when there were still a couple of Panaceans left alive She was given full access to the archives and free rein with all the secrets and hidden doctrines This is partly due to the fact that the book and the project that the book was part of was funded by the Panacean Society after urging from the charity commission to liuidate their wealth and do with it This may mean that the book is too kind to the Octavia and the society but I don t think this became an issueFirst we learnt about Octavia herself What sort of person becomes the daughter of God What sort of people confirm her in this notion How does a religious community spontaneously come together in the first place These were all fascinating uestions and were well exploredOctavia originally Mabel Andrews was a London born member of a family with literary connections She was intelligent and a voracious reader but did not receive an education extensive then any other girl in her time or place She married Arthur Barltrop a curate whose career was hampered by ill health A keen reader of his theological library and a vigorous worker for charities she took an interest in the church and religious matters When he died she lived in a respectable house in Bedford with her children Always prone to nerves she was at least once committed to a mental hospital where she was dismayed to be treated like a crazy person There she discussed religion as well as the many other new spiritual categories like spiritualism and theosophy Having read works on Joanna Southcott she wrote letters to bishops to get her mystical box of prophecy openedComing back home she carried on her interest in Southcott taking part in letters and later meetings with other Southcottians She was linked into a whole network of people who felt that the Anglican church was in some ways dead cutting itself off from new ideas that could inject new life into it Many of these people were women cut off from careers in the church they began to cohere into a religious community of their own where women did all the main jobs Although many of these early members were suffragists and even suffragettes one had gone on hunger strike in Holloway Prison Mabel Barltrop herself felt that women were essentially different from men and it was this difference that made them vital to reviving true religionMany of these people were involved in currently popular practices like automatic writing and Mabel became one of them The community began to regard themselves as the real church connecting themselves with Joanna Southcott and the prophets that came after her a line called The Visitation A recently deceased member Helen Shepstone was declared the seventh prophet of this lineage then the idea grew that Mabel was the eighth As a result she took the name Octavia Soon after it was revealed to a member that Octavia was not only the eighth prophet but Schiloh the spiritual child of Joanna Southcott and the direct daughter of God In the letter where Octavia recognised the call and took the responsibility she also thanked a friend for knitting her a lovely pair of bed socks so the spiritual and the mundane mixed for this groupWith the belief that God s daughter was among them the new Community of the Holy Ghost formed the notion of a four suare trinity with Father Son Holy Ghost and Daughter this developed into the notion that the Holy Ghost was also the voice of the Divine Mother creating something of a nuclear family Octavia s own mental sufferings became a subject for belief as Jesus had suffered bodily for the soul of humanity so Octavia had to suffer mentally to save the humanity s bodies for if a follower managed to live the tenants of the new faith they would be bodily immortal When 144000 people had achieved this then there was a foothold on Earth for Jesus to return and establish the New Jerusalem in Bedford The town was initially favoured for it s good shops and new Selfridge s department store but as beliefs grew the notion that Bedford was a holy place and the garden of The Campus the houses around Albany Road the members bought up was the Garden of Eden Octavia believed that if she walked 77 paces away from the centre of it then the Devil would kill her so was essentially imprisoned into her base of operationsThe key to bodily immortality was a process known as Overcoming The idea was to become comfortable to live with to overcome all the irritations and annoyances of normal life and become something better One of the ways to do this was to write a large permanent confession not only because confession was regarded as good for the soul but because the Panaceans believed that each confession was an accusation with which to imprison Satan On the mundane level there were strictures to not eat toast noisily to put plenty of cherries in a cherry cake and a two page instruction manual of how to make tea It was important to do these small activities perfectly to promote all around perfectionAs the society regarded as true anything that was interesting and meaningful coincidences often helped form their beliefs One day Octavia s medication jumped out of her hand so she prayed on water and drank it Drinking this blessed water was spread over the community until they developed a system where Octavia breathed over rolls and rolls of cloth which were cut up and put in water This turned into a worldwide healing ministry with thousands of people writing in for the cloth and reporting their progress up until the 1990s This water was the panacea that the society later took its name from and was one of its main activities other than putting up posters in London demanding Bishops open Southcott s BoxWhere the early society was a community of believers centred around a charismatic leader the functions in the community became stricter When an American seeker of knowledge entered the community and started preaching that gay sex was spiritually neutral in a way straight sex wasn t he was tried and expelled under the ordinances of the Voice of the Divine Mother Emily Goodwin was originally the nurse to Octavia s Aunt Fanny but uickly became the enforcement arm of the Panaceans Although Octavia was regarded as the Holy Daughter herself and Emily was only the conduit of the voice of the Divine Mother anything said in that voice was regarded as absoluteIn its prime the community had been a thriving place with garden parties that were regarded as rehearsals for Heaven on Earth but as everyone grew older and many died it became a place for old people cripples and the feeble minded If the book is accurate the joy of the thing withered as it became tighter You can imagine the surprise when Octavia died in 1934 The members stuffed her bed with hot water bottles and waited just as Southcott s followers had done and much with the same effect Octavia started to rot and leak fluid from her nose She was buried under a uiet and unassuming gravestoneThe Society kept going though buying a house for Jesus return expanding the healing suares and taking adverts in papers about the Box Even as this book was written there were still two believers who kept things ticking over They were in the process of doing up the building kitted out for the Bishops and creating a museum By the time the museum was opened the followers had died at the society turned into a museum trust It s a museum well worth visiting and this is a book well worth reading there was loads of interesting stuff I missed outIncidentally as I chatted with the man at the front desk he told me that although the Panacea Society did not exist there were still dedicated Southcottians and some of them in Bedford


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    Free download Octavia Daughter of God (PDF/EPUB) [Octavia Daughter of God] The Panacean movement was wonderfully bizarre in the way a certain kind of comedy sketch achieves a bemused audience by multiple half steps to the side each step in itself not terribly radical until the moment you realize

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    Free download Octavia Daughter of God (PDF/EPUB) [Octavia Daughter of God] She believed that because Christ's death on the Cross his atoning for sin had saved only people's souls another redeemer was reuired one who would redeem the body and this redeemer was to be female 40

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  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • Octavia Daughter of God
  • Jane Shaw
  • English
  • 08 January 2018
  • 9780224075008