Item description for The Stamp of Glory: A Novel of the Abolitionist Movement (River Of Freedom #2) by Tim Stafford...
Overview Amid continuing debate over just how "Christian" are the Christian roots of the United States, The Stamp of Glory is the first book in a multigenerational family saga where the main characters interact with actual historical Christians who helped changed America for the better. The story of a fictional southern family intertwines across three decades with key historical figures at the heart of the abolitionist movement in the United States.
Amid continuing debate over just how "Christian" are the Christian roots of the United States, "The Stamp of Glory" is the first book in a multigenerational family saga where the main characters interact with actual historical Christians who helped changed America for the better. The story of a fictional southern family intertwines across three decades with key historical figures at the heart of the abolitionist movement in the United States.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.98" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 24, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series River Of Freedom
Series Number 2
ISBN 0785269053 ISBN13 9780785269052
Availability 0 units.
More About Tim Stafford
Stafford is a Senior Editor for Christianity Today.
Tim Stafford currently resides in Santa Rosa, in the state of California. Tim Stafford was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Stamp of Glory: A Novel of the Abolitionist Movement?
Good, but not great, historical fiction Mar 9, 2001
The Stamp of Glory is Tim Stafford's finely researched novel about the abolitionist movement in America, covering the years 1824-1863. Starting with the startling portrait of slavery in the deep South, Stafford traces the lives of those in the Nichols family, along the way painting a fine historical portrait of the issues, divisions, fights (verbal or - as in the case of John Brown and his sons - physical), events (such as the slave revolt led by Nat Turner), prominent people (like Garrison, the Tappans, or Frederic Douglas), and victories of slavery abolition in 19th century America. The bonus of this book is that it is a novel - read for entertainment - yet the reader receives history lessons for free. Stafford obviously did his homework for this and the result is a realistic rendering of abolition in America. Chapter titles contain topics and dates to help keep the reader oriented. Stafford's work allows the reader to feel that s/he is sharing in the experience.
Could have been better. Aug 10, 2000
I don't want to fault Mr. Stafford on his book. Overall, it was well done, well researched, and very accurate. I found the whole premise very believeable, and there were characters I was able to care about, mainly Catherine, Thomas Nichols, and Tommy. I had a very hard time finishing this book, though, and that is extremely unusual for me. While I appreciate how much was occuring during the time span of Stamp of Glory, and the very important political and religious figures that were relevant to the story line, there was just too much going on between chapters on main characters. I went long stretches wondering where Catherine and Tommy were, and spent long minutes skimming through speeches and sermons. Toward the latter part of the book, Catherine and Tommy disappear altogether until he is grown. There were too many characters I didn't care anything about, too many speeches and sermons, that (although I'm sure are very important and relevant) bored me to tears. Toward the end I didn't find the novel gripping -- I found myself skimming entire chapters looking for anything of interest. My dislike for Thomas Nichols merely grew throughout the book, and then resolution wasn't particularly redeeming for me.
I guess I just expected more. I started my historical fiction reading with authors like Gilbert Morris, and next to those, this book just doesn't cut it. It's okay for a read if you need something to do, but I can't reccommend it otherwise. Sorry.
Spiritual and social attitudes of 19th century America Jun 25, 2000
Tim Stafford has written the truly historical novel. He transports you into an era bursting with profound spiritual and social battles, with brother against brother, Christian against Christian, injustice, bigotry, hatred, violence, in other words an era not unlike our own. Here is a story of the events preceding the Civil War from the perspective of a family from the deep south, and from an educated slave who is granted her freedom, but who remains a slave to injustice, as her former master remains a slave to his guilt.
The book offers compelling story-telling, and builds to a page-turning climax. Highly recommended.
Superbly crafted, engaging reading. Apr 7, 2000
When aging Alabama planter Martin Nichols dies, his will contains a shocking revelation: due to religious scruples he has set his slaves free. This last act ruins the financial viability of the plantation for his four children, scattering them in all directions. Ambitious middle son, Thomas Nichols, abandons the South for New York City, where he finds success and religious faith, but is haunted by a secret relationship in his past. Left behind in Alabama are his brother Martin, who loses the plantation and turns to alcohol for solace; his sister, Cecilia, who marries into high society; and young Brady, who grows up parentless and headstrong. Freed slave Catherine Nichols also leaves Alabama, heading north to find a better life for her young son. The Stamp Of Glory is the compelling story of the Nichols family played out against an historical backdrop of such events as the Nat Turner Rebellion and the Pottawatomie Massacre, as well as such noted figures as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Through Thomas we encounter activist preacher Charles Finney and a tiny, courageous band of abolitionists, whose faith has convinced them that slavery is sin, and who give their lives to bring repentance and healing to America. The Stamp Of Glory is a novel of wrenching disappointment, stubborn faith, and unexpected redemption. As Thomas and the rest of his family find their way to a difficult but deeper peace, so we see America brought to a shining and yet dreadful resolution to the curse of slavery. Superbly crafted, engaging reading.
Useful as history, inspiration and entertainment Mar 20, 2000
I like this historical novel. It makes the point that society is slow to accept needed moral and cultural reform, then often only through major struggle. It also makes the valid point that individual reformers sometimes have to deal with failings in their own lives. But it presents these truths in the form of an entertaining novel, not a lecture. For over twenty years I have read intermittently in Abolitionists' history, biography and published letters. When a friend called my attention to this book I soon ordered a copy and have just completed it. The author has a special gift for metaphors and similes, perhaps a bit too earthy at times for my taste. The main character in the book, Thomas Nichols, and his clan are fictional characters. Most of the other characters are historical figures. Stafford concentrates on some of the major events in abolitionist history and particularly emphasizes the Evangelical and political wings of the movement. Lewis Tappan, a lifelong Evangelical business man, philanthropist and reformer appears to be his hero. Tappan has long been one of mine as well. (However, I have a special penchant for the Quaker bachelor, abolitionist and poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, who is only a briefly appearing minor figure in this book.) Stafford correctly reveals that some of the Evangelical abolitionists' leaders strayed from religious orthodoxy in later life, partly due to disillusionment with the compromise with slavery by large elements in the church. Yet, elements of the Evangelical churches provided most of the troops for the movement. As bad as slavery was, it is the opinion of this reviewer that our own times, particularly legalized abortion of the preborn, is worse and less exusable for either the church or society.