Just finished reading Eva Jean Wrather’s literary biography of Alexander Campbell, one of the founders of the Stone-Campbell movement which preceded the formation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Now, that may not sound very exciting to you, and frankly, I didn’t expect it to be, either. I was pleasantly surprised – it’s a good read that explains Campbell’s evolving thought from his childhood until about 1823 (when he is getting ready to launch The Christian Baptist magazine). This is just Volume 1. I started it Sunday and finished it this evening. Credit also goes to D. Duane Cummins, who worked with Wrather prior to her death in Sept. 2001 and afterwards to edit what was almost a lifetime’s worth of work – an 800,000 word manuscript.

Others may write about the book in terms of how it compares to other volumes – scholarly or not – on Campbell. I’m not qualified to do that – I’m merely giving the perpective of a layperson/seminary student looking for interesting summer reading.

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