Friday, July 31, 2015
The Printer and the Preacher by Randy Petersen
Benjamin Franklin and George Whitfield. One a preacher, the other was considered a Deist. Two men who seemed to be drawn into different directions becoming friends as America was becoming her own nation.
This book gives account of the lives of these two men and how they became friends for three decades. The influence they had on each other is made clear in this book and serves to show how much friends can add value to a person's life.
The book also gives some back-story to each man's life. The reader understands the upbringing and the hardships each man faced and how it impacted how each man saw the world. Each man struggled and each man was shaped by these struggles. This gives the reader a better understanding of decisions made later in life by these two men.
What I appreciated most about this book is that it is not biographical but rather symbiotic in nature. The book shows how each man benefited from the other: his background, beliefs, nationality, and more. Friendship can have a powerful effect and this book shows the effect it had on a nation.