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Number of Pages: 282
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.75 (inches)|
A wounded Stonewall Jackson has a chance to reflect on his life and finds himself in a spiritual battle, greater than the one on the battlefields outside his window.
Robert D. Halpert's historical novel is a thought-provoking journey into an era of America's greatest civil upheaval and into the mind of one that era's unique characters. It is a time when men and women are forced to decide between state and nation, family and cause, and the morality of a predicament that has plagued the nation from its inception.
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson emerges from the conflict as one of the great legends of American history. Gaining fame in both North and South, as well as across the world for his gifted military abilities, he wages a war a "civil war" within himself to subdue what he knows, if left unbridled, will destroy him. To the modern reader, he is generally considered an eccentric religious military genius. But the role of his spiritual life is often glossed over or ignored. In telling this story, the author has not neglected the dearly held and deep-rooted faith of the man, which in turn will hopefully help readers, and especially those for whom the Civil War is a compelling interest, to appreciate Lt. General Thomas "Stonewall " Jackson in a different light.
Within the context of historical fiction and making use of abundant research, the author attempts to draw a picture of a man of deep-rooted faith, at war with himself within a parallel breathtaking background of a nation at war with itself. It is time of agonizing national conflict and pain, with a resultant resolution for the nation and soaring spiritual resolution for the man.
Josh PhelpsBerea, KyAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: The Other Side of the RiverOctober 7, 2016Josh PhelpsBerea, KyAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4If you would have asked me if I like history, for most of my life, I would have said no. I was more of the math and science guy. I loved messing with equations and science projects, but history was never really my thing. After I had chosen a book to review a screen popped up and they recommended a book for me to review. The Other Side of the River, by Robert D Halpert MD was the book. As I read the description of the book I thought to myself, eh its history stuff, not really my interest. As I kept reading I was drawn in as this didnt seem like the typical history story, and I was right.
The book has a lot of details and is a new way of looking at the story of Stonewall Jackson. This was different as the author tried to explain more of what was going on in Stonewall Jacksons mind and I found myself wondering, did he really think this way? How can I be sure? Not knowing a lot about Stonewall, I am sure, didnt help me when reading this book.
This book was hard to follow and I had to go back several times to make sure I was understanding. Not the book I could just pick up to read, but one I had to put a lot of thought into. It reminded me of having to study because that was the level of attention I had to pay. I would not put this book out on my coffee table for company to read, however I would recommend it to people I know that love history.
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PastorWisconsinAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Man Who Fought Many Battles In And OutMay 28, 2013PastorWisconsinAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the story of Stonewall Jackson, written by Robert Helpert MD. It is a historical novel. I enjoy this kind of novel that is historically accurate with an engaging story line. It kept me turning the pages quickly. This book takes us through the Civil War, the darkest time in our nation where people had to chose between state and nation, staying home with family or leave to fight for a cause. There were also moral struggles over decions like slavery. Some thought the war was necessary to end slavery, but some from the south thought that slavery would end soon anyway without the war. This book helped me understand both sides better.
Stonewall Jackson is the major character in the book although there are some other interesting characters also. Not only does it show the genius of Stonewall Jackson as as military leader, but it also gives insight into Stonewall Jackson the Christ follower. He was a man of deep faith and conviction. He lived it out and and didn't lose it even as he crossed the other side of the river. He also had his inner battles. He struggled honestly with pride and what to him was wrong ambition. I can see why he became a legand and was held in such high regard by both the North and the South.
I received this book from Booksneeze as part of their blogger program. The opinions are mine and I was not asked to write a favorable review.