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The Reverend Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer
     

The Reverend Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer

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by Elaine Parker Adams
 

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“Peter Clark’s ministerial journey provides an in-depth understanding of the sacrifices and hardships faced by black Methodist preachers as they spread the gospel and expanded Methodism in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. It provides deep insight into the racial attitudes and economic conditions that prevailed in

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“Peter Clark’s ministerial journey provides an in-depth understanding of the sacrifices and hardships faced by black Methodist preachers as they spread the gospel and expanded Methodism in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. It provides deep insight into the racial attitudes and economic conditions that prevailed in post-Reconstruction Louisiana.”

- Angella Current-Felder,

author, Breaking Barriers: An African American Family & the Methodist Story

“I could feel the story better than most because I had been down some of the same roads Peter Clark traveled, although a hundred years later and under more comfortable circumstances.’’

- Rev. James L. Killen, Jr.,

author, Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church

“We sensed Peter Clark’s strength and leadership throughout this very turbulent and racially charged time in our history. He would have been honored to have his life written about with such loving care.”

- Rev. Cindy Foster Serio,

spiritual director and retreat leader, Mosaic Spiritual Formation Ministry

“The information regarding tuberculosis is insightful. The biography walks the reader through some very important points and offers some food for thought on the thinking at the time and implications for the race, the individual and the family unit.”

- Dr. Lisa Armitige,

medical consultant, Heartland National TB Center

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449797836
Publisher:
Westbow Press
Publication date:
07/18/2013
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Reverend Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
The book starts at the turn of the twentieth century, but takes place during the twenty-first century as the author looks back during the preface. This is where the characters are introduced and defined, which includes a lot of detail.  In the beginning you are introduced to many different characters all at once, which was a bit overwhelming. I felt I should be taking more extensive notes, more than I usually do. Describing the family and the members within, what appears on the onset, to be an introduction of key members within the inner circle; albeit a large circle. In the fist chapter of the book, they define what could be determined from official record the birth of early childhood of Peter Wellington Clark. Slavery was going on strong despite the larger numbers of the black population compared to the lower numbers of the white population.  The settling starts in Louisiana at the start of the civil war, around 1862, and takes the reverend through many tragic evelming. I felt I should be taking more extensive notes, more than I usually do. Describing the family and the members within, what appears on the onset, to be an introduction of key members within the inner circle; albeit a large circle.  Why Peter Clark decided on becoming a Methodist minister is a mystery, but the book desires in some detail his life's joinery during the late nineteenth century in the state of Louisiana. The book describes the sacrifices and the hardships the reverend faced as he practiced and spread the gospel of Methodism as well as providing the reader with an understanding what black ministers endured during the late ninetieth century to the early twentieth century.  The last thirty percent of the book is dedicated to a chronology of Reverend Peter Clark, a bio sketch of the author, bibliography and footnotes, etc. I believe the bio sketches and chronology would be better suite in the preface, which would make the preface much more detailed.  Overall, the book was very detailed in historical accounts and details and seemed to be very accurate. A pretty good read, that I would rate a 4/5.