The Sword of the Lord by Andrew Himes – Book Review

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Title of Book:  ♥  ♥  ♥ The Sword of the Lord – The Roots of Fundamentalism in an American Family

Author:  Andrew Himes

My favorite quotes from book:

>It was as though the spirit of the war had seeped into their very marrow. It suffused their dreams, conditioned their actions, warped their relationships, and redefined their notions of what it took to survive in a bleak and bitter world.

> John R. Rice displayed a dramatic, emotional, and personable pulpit style. He was an old-fashioned, pulpit-pounding, sin-condemning, story-telling, hymn-singing evangelist.

Year Published:  April 14, 2011

Pages: 362

Genres: Fundamentalism, American History, Christianity

Characters or people mentioned in book: Andrew Himes, John R. Rice, Billy Graham, Bob Jones Sr, & Jerry Falwell

“I was 13 years old when cracks began to appear in my world. It was 1963…I was rooted to my spot, crying uncontrollably, straining to see the black children through my tears, noting the terror in their dark eyes and how they held onto each other and how the boy shifted his body and held his hand up to ward off the missiles [sandwich bags full of urine] thrown at them. I had never been so conscious of my sinful nature, of my cowardliness, of my uselessness. I knew my silence made me as guilty in the sight of God as my classmates.” (from book The Sword of the Lord).

My Overview: Have you ever wondered how your great, great Grandfather or Grandmother might have influenced your life? What if your Grandfather was a well known evangelist? Andrew Himes grew up as the grandson of John R. Rice! He heard many stories and delivered his grandfather's newspaper The Sword of the Lord when he was just a boy!

Andrew Himes gives you a glimpse into his family history! He takes you on a wild ride through his history of his families tragedies & triumphs. He weaves together the stories that he remembers as a young child growing up together with the history of fundamentalism. He discovers how his family & their beliefs shaped his life.

Travel through the pages of history during a time when most of us weren’t even born yet. At a time when family mattered most and your word was your bond. A time when drinking, smoking, dancing, cussing, card-playing, and movie-going were forbidden! Andrew Himes sets the old wagon wheels in motion to trace his family’s roots & how fundamentalism shaped their lives from day one. What becomes of a boy who sees violence and racism? What becomes of man who is given an opportunity by God to step out and become all he is called to be?

My Thoughts & Comments: As I read Sword of the Lord I was eager to hear & learn about the history of fundamentalism and how it got started. I’ll be the first to admit that reading books on history can be long and laborious! This book was filled with facts and history & much can be gleaned from this information. However, there is something different when you are able to place yourself in the pages of history! Here you are able to tell a story where your family history comes to life. Much of what Andrew discovered about his family came from watching, learning and listening to the tragedies and triumphs that his family faced and conquered.

Excerpt from Chapter 3 of The Sword of the Lord.

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