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A cautionary tale, an excellent guidebook and a new American classic

Serious students of the early history and relationships between slavery and religious fundamentalism in the United States will find Andrew Himes, The Sword of the Lord: The Roots of Fundamentalism in American Family, a must read.  Himes traced his family history from its Scots-Irish roots through the Civil War into a deeply philosophical struggle with the values of the Civil Rights Era and into the present.  Simultaneously, Himes provided us with the autobiography of his life as the black sheep of his large Southern Baptist family; he was a soul in search of a faith and c

Fundamental insights into what makes America America

Andrew HImes' The Sword of the Lord is a must read on many levels for anyone interested in understanding a little more -- a whole lot more -- about U.S. history, one defining element in how we came to be who and what we are today as a nation. It is a gripping story on the one hand as a very readable account of the rise and continuing evolution of Fundamentalism as a Christian sect in America, reaching back hundreds of years to the Black Plague that swept across Europe and right up to the day Himes laid down his pen in 2010.

A fascinating, well-researched book

This well-researched book is full of fascinating material about the history of our own particular brand of religious fundamentalism. What makes it a truly amazing effort, though, is how Himes manages  to be both both critical of and respectful - loving even - toward the passionate people that pray, rant, proselytise and praise their Lord as they try to find a place to make their own in our broken, troubled and in much in need of some kind of salvation, poor ol‚Äô USA.

Educational and engaging

I just finished reading The Sword of the Lord by Andrew Himes. As a Jewish lay person, I did not know much about Fundamentalism except that it has had a profound impact on our society. I found the book educational and engaging. Himes, the grandson of John Rice, was raised a fundamentalist. The book traces the history of fundamentalism from the arrival of the Scots-Irish through the Civil War to modern times. This history is also that of Himes' own family. Himes does an excellent job of interweaving his own journey with the broader history of the movement.