Book Review: Patriotic Treason - John Brown and the Soul of America by Evan Cartoncategories: Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Leaders & Notable People, Military, United States Civil War, abolitionism
An American LegendMr Carton has the extraordinary ability to transport his readers through the annals of time to the era of the life of John Brown. His book was like a transcendental voyage that made me feel as if I was living through every experience that John Brown lived. I prayed for him when he was catatonic with dread for his country imposing slavery on fellow human beings. I was afraid for him when he begin running from his consciousness of love of God and humanity trying to escape the fire of hatred for slavery that incensed his bones. I cheered for him when he took his first step toward calming this blazing fire and moved the slaves from the back of the church to the front.
I dreaded for him when he became engulfed in his passion of love for humanity that he struggled with balancing commitment to family with his passion to end slavery, because I knew when he took his first step there was no turning back. I cheered for him when he drew the line in the sand and he said to his detractors that you better not step over God's line, and he invoked fear in the most vile men. And, I trembled and pleaded for him not to go to Harpers Ferry because I had come to truly love him, and I did not want to see him die.
My spirit was aggrieved when he desired a truce and his query fell on death ears, and he watch his sons die for the cause of freedom for my ancestors at Harpers Ferry. And, I cried when he stood his ground with man, made his peace with God, and beseeched his family to lend him to martyrdom believing that the greater will of God would be accomplished despite the free-will of man and woman kind. And, then I rejoiced for I know I'll see him one day in heaven. The book was riveting, and a spiritual epiphany for me that will forever change my life. Thank you Mr. Evan Carton, go with God, and may he forever bless you, and everyone that you love.
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