Thursday, June 19, 2014
Book Review - The Other Side of the River by Robert D. Halpert, MD
This is a story about the Civil War and the Confederate army, specifically, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It is a historical fiction book that Civil War buffs will probably like. General Jackson, whom I knew virtually nothing about before reading this book, was a strong man of great Christian character and a love of God. We in the north don't usually think of the slave holding south of the 1860s as being Christian - after all, isn't it sinful to own slaves? Oddly enough, there were great Christians even in the Confederate Army, Stonewall Jackson being one of them.
This is my first experience reading anything written by Dr. Halpert. I think he did a good job of thoroughly covering his subject and developing characters. However, it took me quite a while to really get interested in the book because it starts out very slow and dry. That said, I did enjoy it more as I got into it - somewhere about chapter 5. I appreciate the vast amount of history in it.
All in all, if I were to give a rating to The Other Side of the River, I would give it a 4 stars.
*I received a copy of The Other Side of the River in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinion expressed is my own.*