A review of a book on John Rice

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    Thanks much for thinking of me! I really appreciate that. :wavey:

    What you couldn't know is that my brilliant brother wrote the book, and had me read it for suggestions several times as he revised it. Andrew is the black sheep of the Rice family, as he freely admits. So he went from sold out for Christ as a child, to political liberalism, to anti-Viet Nam War protester, to Maoist activist, to civil rights worker in the South, to computer guru, to editor of the Microsoft developers journal, to philanthropist, film producer and lots of other things, and finally back to Christ.

    The book is a fascinating read, if I do say so. Andrew has turned out to be an excellent writer, and the book is copiously researched. I recommend it.
     
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    I just got finished with it. It really was a fascinating read. I didn't realize, for example that Dr. Rice and Billy Graham were that close early on.

    It was well worth the time and investment in reading it.
     
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    I had a feeling it was either your brother or a cousin. :) I thought you'd appreciate seeing a review and had to post it. LOL

    That's so cool about your brother!!! Praise God and He is good.
     
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    It is a good review. Interesting side note: Trevin Wax's grandfather printed my first missionary prayer card as a single man in 1977, then the second one with Patty in 1979.
    What brought Andrew around was the completely unconditional love of Grandma Rice.
     
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    They were friends, with JRR being somewhat the mentor and somewhat the supporter, from the time BG was at Wheaton College in the '40s with my parents and aunts and Uncles. JRR actually moved the family to Wheaton from Texas in order to put his six daughters in Wheaton.
     
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    I would have felt like your brother did, nothing good can come from a soda fountain if I don't have one too.
     
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    I learned lots from the book, but the one of the smaller, less important facts was that in the 2nd Great Awakening one of the places it started was "Creedance Clearwater Revival Church". As a great fan of CCR back in the day, I had wondered where they got their name.
     
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    Yeah, interesting connection. I didn't know that either until I read Andrew's book.

    The CCR were from my era, but I was more into Simon & Garfunkel and the other folk singers. Don't know what Andrew listened to, but I'm sure the anti-war songs were on his list!
     
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    Then "Fortunate Son" would have been 1 of his songs. I was in Vietnam and it was still one of mine. Odd how those on both ends of the spectrum often meet together over music. We had a guy who once refused (for a while) to go out of our firebase because AFR played "Bad Moon Rising" also by CCR.
     
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    I think our politicians need to get on this. All homes with kids should have soda fountains. It's just right! [​IMG]
     
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    "Music hath charms...." It was an extremely important part of our culture in the '60s, maybe more so than today considering the highly divisive Viet Nam War. We not only had the anti war songs, but Barry Sadler's "Green Beret."
     
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    The "kid" (31) amazes me! And hey young ladies, he's eligible. :love2:
     
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    I really enjoyed the book.

    John - What is the best biography of your grandfather? I heard him preach 5-10 times when he was older, usually while on the same platform as Jack Hyles. I always enjoyed not just what he preached but how he preached. He seemed to have a closeness to God that his preaching reflected.
     
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    There are two major bios of John R. Rice: Man Sent From God, by Robert Sumner, and John R. Rice, the Captain of our Team, by Viola Walden. Sumner's is the more scholarly but shorter. To my shame I don't have the revised version, but I understand it's good.

    Walden was Granddad's executive secretary for many years, so it's more of a puff piece. However, it's much more complete, being over 500 pages.

    What I'm waiting for is a bio from a neutral, scholarly viewpoint. I couldn't write it, of course--mine would be a hagiography!
    I can testify to his walk with God, having lived with him for a year after college. I remember him coming in the door once muttering to himself. He walked right past me on the sofa, not even seeing me. Why? His "muttering" was talking to God!

    Praying with him in family devotions was a humbling experience. He would pray without stopping for 100 different people (I counted once), for their needs and burdens.
     

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