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Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Posted on: April 17, 2011

Christian Theologians! Lay down your Charles Spurgeons and Phillip Yanceys, and pick up Harriet Beecher Stowe!

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first published in 1852 and is credited in part for laying the ground work for the US Civil War.

Tom; a hard working and loyal slave and a small boy, Harry, are to be reluctantly sold by their owner to clear an unfortunate debt.

The boy’s mother overhears the fate of her son and runs away with him.

Tom however accepts his fate and departs with a trader headed south.

As their stories unravel we learn that Tom, a strong and God fearing man continues to lead his life faithfully serving God through his quiet dignity and strength of character.

Strong but not arrogant in his convictions, he has a profound effect on the characters who cross his path.

Through all this, from one family to the next, the reader looks forward to the time when Tom will be released from his slavery and return home.

This a a profound book which stays with you for days (or much longer).

While the book comes across as a little ‘preachie’ sometimes, forgiveness for this is quickly attained when we consider the reasons why and for whom the book was written.

So, if you are interested in social justice, US history or love Mark Twain but are looking for something a little different; Uncle Tom’s Cabin is for you.

Remember: Don’t put it off until tomorrow if you know that it is the right thing to do today.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin can be found at Project Gutenberg in a variety of electronic formats or in printed form at Amazon.com and other booksellers.

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2 Responses to "Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe"

See now you’ve given me three things to do – find out who on earth Charles Spurgeon and Philip Yancey are and finish Uncle Tom’s Cabin!!

Now back to those Amazon stats – one most interesting fact but hitherto unexamined statistic is that immediately after the gob-smacking e-books sales up by 146% is that religious book sales are up by 28%. Is it the threat of the possible Armageddon? Is that meant to happen today by the way? Are we still here ?

I just finished “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and I have to say that in my 58 years of reading that it is by far the best book I’ve ever read. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it – it is one of those books that just can’t be put down until it’s finished.

BTW…I also love Charles Spurgeon and see nothing wrong with his theology.

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  • Mary: I just finished "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and I have to say that in my 58 years of reading that it is by far the best book I've ever read. I can't believe
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  • Alex Daw: Luvski You have been reading so many interesting books. I quite missed this one. Wasn't this made into a movie with that dreadful man - here in Q

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