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Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family

The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American FamilyThe Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family by Andrew Himes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I very much enjoyed this book. The author, Andrew Himes, is one of John R. Rice's grandson. He is/was the black sheep of the family. He did not believe in the same things as the Rice clan. I believe his view of the Rice family and The Sword of the Lord is an honest view. Andrew gives the biography of the Rice family doing to America. He says they were Scots-Irish bringing their love of freedom and Calvinist religion with them. In the book the reunion with the Rice family is at the Funeral of John R. Rice. He tells how is grandmother told him his grandfather would want him to be a pall bearer (unconditional love). He talks about the awkward time at the meal after the funeral sitting next to Jerry Falwell. The book gives a surprising explanation of the handing off of The Sword of the Lord to Curtis Hutson. For those who are not familiar with The Sword of the Lord, it is a fundamental newspaper that has been around for many, many years.

If you are interested in the fundamentalist Christian movement you will enjoy this book.


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