Monday, July 18, 2011
the forgotten awakening
Awhile back a company called Bring it On Communications contacted me, inviting me to review a book for them. I was a teensy bit hesitant because A. It's not like I have a lot of extra time for reading and B. Non-fiction isn't exactly my favorite thing to read. However, I've been meaning to branch out on my reading habits -and this seemed a good opportunity. The description of the book they wanted me review intrigued me.
It's a historical narrative of the Native Americans living in the Northwest corner of our country, and their conversions to Christianity. The description included the fact that these Tribes had received revelation of the coming of white men who would teach them more about "He-Who-Made-Us." From an LDS perspective, which is my perspective, I was just too curious.
(For those of you unfamiliar with LDS teachings, we believe The Book of Mormon is a record of the people who lived on the American continent anciently. We believe that Christ revealed himself to the these people after his Resurrection, meaning the ancestors of Native Americans were Christians.)
The book itself seemed a little less about the specific revelations to the Native Americans, and more about the general history of their interactions with the White People. Although, by the end of the book, God's hand in spreading Biblical teachings to his people is revealed. I did find it pretty interesting, and the fact that it could hold my interest for 350 pages says something about the writer's talent.
Overall, worth my time, and worth it's place on my bookshelf.