Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review: The Printer and the Preacher by Randy Petersen

The Printer and the Preacher is written by Randy Petersen and is published by Thomas Nelson.

I wanted to read The Printer and the Preacher because I just have a love of history and a love of God. Combine both and it should be a good read. I am happy to say that, although this book started out slow, it gained momentum with each chapter and I was hooked. I was simply amazed to learn how much both Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield had in common. The probability that they were good friends was icing on the cake.

I read reviews that some have left concerning this book and their dislike of it. Most of those reviewers felt there isn't enough meat in its pages. I tend to disagree. I think the author makes a good argument for his case - that the two men were friends that stood the test of time. They were certainly both influential in the shaping of our nation and they both spoke not only of each other in their writings, but to each other through written correspondence. One thing that I found sad is that though Whitefield had an influence over Franklin, he did not sway him to a personal saving faith in Christ.

The writing style of Randy Petersen is good and is really much like my own; perhaps that is why I enjoyed the book. I find it logical and thorough. I certainly enjoyed it.

*I received a copy of The Printer and the Preacher in exchange for my honest opinion.*

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