Review: The Apache Wars

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History

It appears that the length of the title and subtitle of a book is directly correlated to how long it will take me to read the book. I have been working on this one for months. Not because it is poorly written; for the history enthusiast it is thrilling. Perhaps the length is partly to blame as it is four hundred plus pages. Let’s blame my busy schedule and bad habit of starting twenty-three books at a time.

Paul Hutton is considered one of the great scholars of western Americana and he writes with great knowledge and detail. He brings every story to life on the pages. This is the story of the Apache’s long fight against Mexico and the United States with a focus on several of the major players. You certainly did not learn it all in history class.

If you enjoy American history, you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy tales of bravery, you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy the quest to understand the deep ironies of history and how they always seem to repeat themselves, you will enjoy this book.

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: Seven Men by Eric Metaxas

Seven Men: And The Secret Of Their Greatness is a collection of bite size biographies on seven of the most influential men who have lived. The common thread that runs through them all is the bravery with which each man stood up for what he believed. None of them were perfect, but each one fought in his own manner for the greater good.

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Metaxas tells each story with an irresistible flow that will keep you turning the pages and wishing there was more at the end of each chapter. He is witty and humorous while shedding light on the lessons we can learn from those who have walked before us.

The seven men you will read about are:

  1. George Washington
  2. William Wilberforce
  3. Eric Liddell
  4. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  5. Jackie Robinson
  6. Pope John Paul II
  7. Charles W. Colson

I highly recommend this book and especially to young men who desire to make a difference in the world. Come and read of the sacrifice and determination of those who already have.

 

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Truth and Pragmatism

If you ask any American why the Civil War was fought, you would get a variety of answers. It would be interesting to compare a survey of Northern and Southern states. Some may mention the issue of slavery, many would not.

I recently read a Kindle Single entitled Why They Fought: The Real Reason for the Civil War by David Von Drehle. The author sets out to prove that the Civil War was fought because of slavery. To be sure, there were other reasons that brother took up arms against brother and fought the bloodiest battle in American history Only a fool would suggest that the issue of slavery was on the mind of every soldier as they marched on the battle field. However, the author meticulously proves that slavery was the issue that started the violence which resulted in war.

Christianity can learn something about how this fact was lost, covered up, and forgotten.

After the war was over, Americans were faced with that “radical idea laid bare by the conflict: that all people really are created equal.” The war was over but the fight for equality had just begun. “White society was far from ready to deal with the humanity and needs of freed slaves.”

Truth lost its constituency. To talk honestly about slavery meant talking about equality, and look where that had led.

Leading thinkers in the postwar North recoiled against the idealism of the previous generation of intellectuals. In its place they fostered a philosophy of pragmatism, in which ideals are judged not for themselves but by the results they produce.

The result of this pragmatic skepticism, however, was that “the issue of race got left on the table,” says Stauffer. “People were realizing that the costs of freedom were profound.”

This is the danger when truths are replaced with pragmatism; truth gets swept under the rug for a new ideal, philosophy, or method that produces greater results with less effort.

Choosing Truth over pragmatism may not always garner immediate, observable results. Choosing Truth over pragmatism may not fill the Church’s coffers and line the Pastor’s pockets. Choosing Truth over pragmatism often means hard work, sacrifice, blood, sweat, and tears. But please remember:

Truth always has and always will work!

It is my prayer that my generation will remember the Truths of the Word of God fought for by those who went before us. Let us not lay them aside for something which ‘works’ (according to man). Truth is marching on and I intend to march with it!