The Man Who Moved a Mountain

The Man Who Moved a Mountain

by Richard C. Davids


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ISBN-13: 9780800612375
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/1972
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 127,881
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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The Man Who Moved a Mountain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book depicts the life of a remarkable and fearless mountain man who tamed the rough and hard drinking community where he lived. The author obviously did a lot of research and conducted many interviews in order to create this book. It is an excellent depiction of the hard scrabble life the mountain people lived during Rev. Childress' time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only does this book detail the life and work of an amazing individual, it also paints a clear picture of the time and place which gave rise to his ministry. Bob Childress led his flock through some of the most trying times in the history of the region. As a former member of the American Chestnut Foundation, I think the description of the Chestnut Blight's effects on the communities of the Blue Ridge alone is worth reading this book. As a prose snapshot of a specific place in a particular time, I rate this story on a par with Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been in print for over 30 years now, a testament to its continued popularity. Is about my grandfather, the Rev. Robert W. Childress, Sr. Bob Childress was born in Patrick County, Virginia in 1890. His parents were poor and uneducated as were many of the people living in the region at the time. He grew up in an environment where brandy was god, for it was brandy that made life bearable. When he was fifteen, he bought his first revolver for two dollars. The next five years of his life were spent mostly 'as a heller.' Much of the time he was either getting drunk or sobering up. But one day, after several hours of gambling and drinking, he found himself at a church revival. He never knew how he got there, but when the altar call was given, something inside urged him to answer. As he knelt, there was no sudden revelation, only peace. Although his life did not turn around completely that night, it was the beginning of a transformation that would lead to his decision to become an ordained Presbyterian minister. Not an easy task for someone with a seventh grade education and a family to support. The events that transpired during the course of his remarkable life truly demonstrate that our God is indeed an awesome God! Throughout the years many people who have read the book have commented on what a great man Bob Childress was. They are impressed by the impact he had on people and say he won many souls for Christ. But my grandfather would be the first to point out that he personally never won a single soul, it was the power of the Holy Spirit working through him. Without that power to sustain and guide him, he would not have had a fruitful ministry. The beauty of this story is that it demonstrates how God uses ordinary, seemingly insignificant people, to accomplish extraordinary things. To learn about a project that has been started to preserve and continue the ministry of Bob Childress, e-mail me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an inspiring story of faith and selflessness.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. True story about a devout and devoted man that went well out of his way to help his fellow man. Just a great read.
caroline merz More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. While in the blue ridge i went to some of the stone churches. Visited the graveyards. This book gave me a new view of the blue ridge and it,s people. I,d love to see a movie made out of this book.