“He had expected to be immediately forwarded to some dirty German prison, where he would suffer the same fate as many of his English comrades. Instead of which, however, he might almost have been a guest of honor. For this reason he could not help coming to the conclusion that this special treatment was for some purpose.
“On the second day after the interview mentioned in the last chapter, he was closely questioned by some German officers.
“He remembered the thoughts that had flooded his mind when first the idea came to him to take Barcroft’s identity; to be Barcroft… He had only wondered whether he could carry out the project successfully. Then he had come to his decision. He had buried Barcroft’s body under the débris of the mining camp. He had dressed himself in Barcroft’s clothes; he had appropriated his papers, his bank-book, his possessions, his name, and had come to England as the Vicar of St.
“This novel by the police chief of Ypsilanti, Michigan, gives us a love story written from the Christian standpoint. It deals with such vital themes as the Great Commission, the problem of love and marriage between a believer and an unbeliever, and Christian patriotism. It is a timely book and one that should be helpful to our people.” – Christian Observer
“A very readable novel, in an up-to-the-minute setting, tells the old, old story – ever new – the power of the Gospel in the lives of everyday people.
“Barriers Burned Away, a story of the Great Chicago Fire, was first published serially in a magazine, the New York Evangelist. In 1872, when it came out in book form, it shortly became the most popular book of the year. When his next two novels achieved similar success, Roe decided to leave the ministry and give full time to writing. He believed he could reach more people with the message of Christianity through his writing than through preaching.
This book was inspired by a newspaper account telling of a widowed farmer who visited the county poor house, looking for a good housekeeper. He is supposed to have said, “If there is a worthy woman here, I will marry her.”
From the dust jacket:
“A simple, strong story of American life.
“The stern, silent hero is a farmer, a man with honest, sincere views of life, and of sufficient education to make him an alien among the other farmers.
The Pomp of Yesterday is a novel inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem Recessional. Its message of England at the height of her glory has meaning for America today.
On This Page Recessional by Rudyard Kipling Book Contents Download the eBook Publication Information Recessional by Rudyard Kipling God of our fathers, known of old, Lord of our far-flung battle line, Beneath whose awful hand we hold Dominion over palm and pine— Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget—lest we forget!
Dan E. L. Patch, a devoted Christian and the police chief of Highland Park, Michigan, wrote this book in 1940, just before the US entered World War II. It’s a gripping story of a young man who transcends corruption and misfortune.
Book Contents Foreword 1. Life’s Equations 2. Complications Develop 3. The Unseen Web 4. Defiance 5. Questions, Legal and Otherwise 6. Where the Treasure Is, There Shall the Heart be Also 7.
“Every branch of railroading fascinates the average American boy. The shops, the telegraph and signal systems, the yard and track work, the daily life of danger which confronts every employee, whether he be the ordinary workman or the engineer of a limited express train, and the mysterious “office” which controls every branch of the work.
“Mr. Stevenson’s hero is a manly lad of sixteen who is given a chance as a section hand on a big Western railroad, and whose experiences are as real as they are thrilling.
“Mr, Wildthorne,” said Maggie, “have you fulfilled the promise you made me the last time we met?”
“You promised me that you would read an authoritative life of Luther, an authoritative history of the Reformation.”
“Did I? Oh, yes, I remember. But why should’ I? I have read a great deal of Church history.”
“Yes; but you admitted that you had not read an authoritative life of Luther; that you only read such books as spoke of him as a Philistine and a clown, and which regarded the Reformation as the result of an appeal to the mob.
“It is exceedingly clever, and excites the reader’s interest and brings out the powerful nature of the clever young minister. This most engrossing book challenges comparison with the brilliance of Lothair. Mr. Hocking has one main fact always before him in writing his books––to interest his readers; and he certainly succeeds admirably in doing so.” ––The Queen.
“All of us long for forbidden fruit. This may explain why Alison Neville, of Neville Priory, desired to enter a Nonconformist Church.
“Once upon a time I can’t say exactly when it was there stood a neat, tidy little hut on the borders of a wild forest. A poor old woman dwelt in this hut. She lived on the whole pretty comfortably; for, though she was poor, she was able to keep a few goats, that supplied her with milk, and a flock of chickens, that gave her fresh eggs every morning: and then she had a small garden, which she cultivated with her own hands, and that supplied her with cabbages and other vegetables, besides gooseberries and apples for dumplings.
“One evening when a company of children and older people were looking at funny cat-pictures and telling cat-stories, a little ten year-old girl asked: ‘Why can there not be a Cats’ Arabian Nights Story Book?‘”
On This Page Chapters Download the eBook Publication Information “There would have to be a Cat King, or Emperor, or Sultan,” said her next older sister.
“And a Cat Queen, or Empress, or Sultaness,” said their cousin Joe, the sailor.
“By this time Tommy was six months old, and as full of pranks as a six-months-old kitten well could be. His education had begun the very moment he entered the Hartford postoffice, so it is not surprising that by the time he had spent half a year there he was really remarkable.
Chapters The Adventures Of Tommy Postoffice – The True Story Of A Cat 1. Tommy’s First Appearance 2.
“I do not feel wholly sure that my Kitty wrote these letters herself. They always came inside the letters written to me by my mama, or other friends, and I never caught Kitty writing at any time when I was at home; but the printing was pretty bad, and they were signed by Kitty’s name; and my mama always looked very mysterious when I asked about them, as if there were some very great secret about it all; so that until I grew to be a big girl, I never doubted but that Kitty printed them all alone by herself, after dark.
“A writer possessing not only a fine literary gift, and a marvelous power of intense emotional realization, but a fresh, strange, and fascinating imaginative outlook. We know of nothing published in recent years which, in lurid impressiveness and relentless veracity of rendering, is to be compared with the realization of the fatally dominant alcoholic craving in the study entitled ‘A Literary Gent.’ ” – “The Daily Chronicle”.
“The terrible truth which rings out in every word leaves one heart-sick, and yet thankful for the story and for the story-teller.
“They who declared that reason would not allow them to believe that God could once become Incarnate, saw no reason to doubt the manifold Reincarnation of Man. They who complained that they found the straight and level highway of Christianity too difficult a road for them to follow, or that there was no sure foothold therein, were content to lose themselves among the mazes of Superstition, or to flounder and stumble among the stony wastes of Unbelief.
“There can be no doubt of the force and freshness of most of the book, of the fine literary quality of some of the chapters, and of the interest of the whole… . There is too many a burst of beautiful English.” – Mr. Israel Zangwill, in “Ariel”
“Originally the Diary was published anonymously, when it attracted so much attention that dishonest claims were put in to the authorship, and one man, by representing himself as the author, induced a firm of publishers to advance money upon a book of his.
“A young English man in the early 20th century is captured by a fanatical tribe of Muslims and given the choice between death and trampling on the cross. Life is more to him than religion, and he places his heel where the two sticks cross each other, and crushes them into the desert sands.
“This is the story of the consequences of this decision. What would you have done?
“Only a small part of this story is imagination. Nearly every incident in the book was told me by “Tommy” himself, and while the setting of my simple tale is fiction, the tale itself is fact.
“My only qualification for writing this simple story of “Tommy” is that I have tried to know him, and that I greatly admire him. I met him before he joined the army, when for more than six months I addressed recruiting meetings.
“Mr Hocking’s novels have been compared to those of Thomas Hardy, Hall Caine, Baring-Gould, and Stanley Weyman; they are, one and all, stamped with striking and original individuality. Bold in conception, strenuously high and earnest in purpose, daring in thought, picturesque and lifelike in description, it is not to be wondered at that Mr. Hocking’s novels are eagerly awaited by a great and ever-increasing public.” – Ward, Lock & Co.