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The book The Printer and the Preacher by Randy Petersen is a unique historical biography that gives a summery of the life of two of this country’s founding fathers, Ben Franklin and George Whitefield. Mr. Petersen documents the lives of both of these men, and how they impacted the social and spiritual life of our great country. This book is unique in that Randy Petersen works hard to not only tell the life stories of each man and how they impacted our nation, but also explains how their friendship and business relationship had a profound effect on their ability to have the extensive impact that they were able to have.
Randy Petersen is a well established author having written more than fifty books on subjects such as history, psychology, and sports as well as several other topics. His writing style is engaging. I read another review that said the book was a bit slow. I disagree. I really enjoy Mr. Petersen’s writing style and found the book to be an enjoyable read.
I do enjoy reading historical books. There are some historical books that are more interesting than others. The Printer and The Preacher is a book that stands out to me because of the comparison of two very different men, and how they were able to work together and benefit each other in many ways. Even though these men did not hold the same religious beliefs they not only were able to work together well, but also became ‘intimate friends’.
The lessons learned from Ben Franklin and George Whitefield in this book are good ones that we should remember. There are many people around us today who hold very different views from our Christian world-view, yet we can learn to build relationships and lasting friendships with them as we try to woo them to Jesus Christ just as George Whitefield did for Ben Franklin.
Yes I would recommend this book if you are a fan of History. Mr. Petersen has some interesting insights, guides the book through history from a Christian world-view, and yet he does not try and paint the Christians in any other way than the men they were.