Book Reviews

Highly Recommended Books

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  • The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament by Leon J. Wood (1976)
  • An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets by Hobart E. Freeman (1968)
  • The Book of Leviticus by Gordon J. Wenham (from The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 1979)
  • Life and Campaigns of General T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson by Robert L. Dabney (1866)
  • The Distressing Days of the Judges by Leon Wood (1975)
  • Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum (1994)
  • The Silence of God by Sir Robert Anderson (1897; Kregel reprint, 1952)
  • The Reality of the Resurrection by Merrill C. Tenney (1963)
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy by Eric Metaxas (2010)
  • The Life and Epistles of St. Paul by W. J. Conybeare and J. S. Howson (1851)
  • The Visions and Prophecies of Zechariah by David Baron (1918)
  • Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Volume 4: New Testament Objections by Michael L. Brown (2007)
  • Numbers by Ronald B. Allen (from The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, 1990)
  • The Life and Letters of Henry Martyn by John Sargent (1862)
  • A Commentary on Daniel by Leon Wood (1973)
  • The Greatness of the Kingdom by Alva J. McClain (1968)
  • The Voyage and Shipwreck of St. Paul by James Smith (1880)
  • ACTS Dispensationally Considered by Cornelius R. Stam (1960)
  • The Apostle Paul: His Life and His Work by Olaf Moe (1923)
  • Islam: The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent: An Informed Response to Islam’s War with Christianity by Erwin W. Lutzer with Steve Miller (2013)
  • Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical by Robert Duncan Culver (2005)
  • The Unity of Isaiah: A Study in Prophecy by Oswald T. Allis (1950)
  • Lectures on the First and Second Epistles of Peter by John Lillie (1869)
  • Lectures on the Book of Proverbs by Ralph Wardlaw (1869)
  • Evidence of the Truth of the Christian Religion Derived from the Literal Fulfilment of Prophecy by Alexander Keith (6th ed., 1850)
  • The Sermon on the Mount by Walter C. Smith (1867)
  • An Original Harmony and Exposition of the Twenty-fourth Chapter of Matthew, and the Parallel Passages in Mark and Luke: Comprising a Review of the Common Figurative Theories of Interpretation by D. D. Buck (1853)
  • Divine Providence by Bishop Jonathan Weaver (1891)

Life and Campaigns of General T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson by Robert L. Dabney (1866)

When is the last time you picked up a book that you literally couldn’t put down? Well, here is one–Dabney’s biography of Stonewall Jackson.

Robert Dabney, one of America’s most outstanding theologians, has given us an “up close and personal” look into the life and military campaigns of this great Southern General. It should be noted that this biography was not written by a man who lived decades after the War between the States, but by one who lived through it. Not only did Dabney personally know Jackson, but he had possession of the fullest collection of materials relating to his life during that period, including copies of all the important official papers on file at that time in the War Department of the late Confederate Government.

It might be thought, especially by women, that reading the intricacies of a military campaign would be especially dull. But not so! I found them quite exciting, even if I couldn’t follow every single detail. The battles in which Stonewall Jackson led his men came alive in a way I did not expect.

Dabney’s main purpose, however, in writing this biography was not to give merely an exciting recount of battles. It was “to portray and vindicate” Stonewall Jackson’s Christian character, “that his countrymen may possess it as a precious example, and may honor that God in it whom he so delighted to honor.” This he has done. It was impossible to leave the book without seeing General Jackson as a man totally dedicated to serving God, and also not to be ashamed at my own lack of true devotion.

Do not expect to speed-read through this book. Dabney wrote during the time of the War, and prose in the nineteenth century was more formal than it is now. Sentences were long, and if you do not school yourself to read slowly, many will require a second reading. But all the effort will be more than compensated, I assure you.

When speaking of the War between the States, Stonewall Jackson’s name will be forever remembered as a hero of the Confederacy. To understand his passion and resolve for the cause of the South, one must know the facts behind it, and Dabney therefore devotes one chapter to the political situation that led to secession.

Clearly Dabney is giving the biography of a man he greatly admires. From beginning to end, his love and respect for Stonewall Jackson cannot be hidden. But we should not impute a prejudice to his account for this reason. Stonewall Jackson was a servant of God who not only spoke openly of his love for the Savior, but lived a life that demonstrated it in every respect.

Carol Morgan