Thursday, April 17, 2014


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America

The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated AmericaThe Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America by David R. Stokes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My wife bought me this book for Valentine's Day. The cover of my book says, "ADVANCE READING COPY NOT FOR SALE," so I might have an unedited copy.

I never knew that J. Frank Norris killed a man until I heard about this book about a year or so ago. J. Frank Norris was a famous pastor in the 1920's -1950's. He had a church in Fort Worth, TX, that had a membership of several thousand people. This was a fasinating read for me. The author, David R. Stokes, is a pastor and an author. He wrote the book from the perspective that J. Frank Norris should be convicted for the killing. The book has some interesting side notes about history from the 20's. One example is the trail and acquittal of Clara Hamon. Clara had shot and killed Jake Hamon, the "Oil King of Oklahoma."  Jake was one of the wealthiest men in the West and he also backed the Republican presidential candidate in 1920, Warren G. Harding. Harding planned to reward Hamon with the job of secretary of the interior. Florence was Jake's real wife, Clara was the "other" woman. Clara's last name was not fake. Jake had paid his nephew, Frank, ten thousand dollars to marry Clara so she would have the "Hamon" last name. In order for Jake to take the Secretary of Interior job, Harding required Jake to get back with his real wife. To make a long story short Clara could not bear losing Jake so she shot him.

There are people who agree with Stokes such as Trevin Wax, who writes a great blog about lessons learned from this book. Then there are others who disagree such as Roy Falls who has several youtube viedos about the topic.

If you enjoy history, court cases, or/and religion you will enjoy this book.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

My Father at 100: A Memoir

My Father at 100: A MemoirMy Father at 100: A Memoir by Ron Reagan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was really hesitate to buy this book because the younger Reagan who wrote it is so liberal. However, I found it on sale at BAM for $3.97 and decided to go for it. I have read so many books about Ronald Reagan and knew this was one I needed to read. I have read all of the other books by President Reagan's children and so this completes all of his children's books about him. The majority of this book is about President Reagan's life before his son is born. Therefore we read a lot of history about the President's family (Mom, Dad, and brother), about his boyhood, teenage years, college years, and then manhood. The earlier chapters Ron's liberal views really do not come in view, but once he starts talking about his Dad in politics they come in loud and clear. I'm still glad I read the book and was able to view the President from his youngest child's point of view. It's funny to hear Ron sorta act like Al Gore (who invented the internet; lol). Ron somewhat takes claim for the Star War defense system and for also getting his Dad ready for his comeback debate against Walter Mondale. Even though Ron's views differ greatly from his Dad's views I can still see that he loved his Dad. I still have to wonder what caused Ron to take views 180 degrees from what his father believed. I would recommend this book to those who like myself are Reagan fans. But I would encourage you to find it on sale.

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