BLOG #44, SERIES #8
WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE
DR. JOE’S BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB #71
CATHERINE MARSHALL’S A MAN CALLED PETER
November 1, 2017
Of our 70 previous book selections, eight have been biographical:
Laurence Bargreen’s Over the Edge of the World
Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast
Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth’s Cheaper By the Dozen
Ralph Moody’s Little Britches
Slavomir Rawicz’s The Long Walk
P. R. Reid’s The Colditz Story
David Wyss’s The Swiss Family Robinson
It’s time for our ninth.
How well I remember the one-two punch of Catherine Marshall’s biography of her minister husband’s life: A Man Called Peter (1951), followed by the profoundly emotive movie in 1955. This 20th Century Fox film featured a stellar cast, including Richard Todd, Jean Peters, Marjorie Rambeau, Jill Esmond, Lee Tremayne, and Robert Burton. It was directed by Henry Koster. It was nominated for a Best Color Cinematography Academy Award.
At the time the book and film came out I was of an age where I was seeking values to live by, thus the book so deeply moved me that it has been a significant part of me ever since.
Marshall, a native of Scotland, emigrated to the U.S. in 1927, literally destitute. But what a meteoric rise he had! Pastoring churches such as Atlanta’s Westminster Presbyterian Church and Washington, D.C.’s prestigious New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (the Church of the Presidents, including Lincoln), and finally his last ministry: Chaplain of the United States Senate.
But it was not for the prestigious pulpits that we remember him today, but for the love story with his wife and biographer. But other reasons are recounted in a McGraw-Hill dust jacket:
This much I can promise you: when you complete the book, you will not be the same person you were when you started.
And if you know of a young person who is searching for answers, for values, for a spiritual mentor, gift that person with a copy of this one-of-a-kind-book.
Do let me know what you think of it.