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Nathan Bedford Forrest remains a controversial figure in American history. Because of his days as a slave trader and his involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, the Confederate general is equated with racism. However, many may be surprised to know that he spent the latter days of his life as a pious Christian and an outspoken advocate of African Americans. This spiritual biography follows Forrest on his journey to salvation, focusing on the lesser known aspects of his life.
Recalling his youth in the South, his experiences as an unyielding Civil War general, and his final years devoted to his renewed faith, eleven chapters span Forrest's enigmatic life. Firsthand accounts from the diary entries of those who knew him and photographs reveal an obscure side of the soldier, a side that is often omitted from history books. His radical transformation provides the message that positive life changes are possible.
Shane E. Kastler is an ordained Southern Baptist minister who has devoted his life to preaching the gospel of Christ. He received his B.B.A. from Northeastern State University, where he became heavily involved in both the church and campus ministries. Afterwards, he earned his M.Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of six seminaries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Upon graduation, Kastler received the LifeWay Preaching Award, which is presented to a graduate who has excelled in the study and practice of preaching.
Having served as senior pastor of the nondenominational First Christian Church of Pleasanton, Kansas, he continues to preach and write. He contributes a weekly religious column, "Seeking Higher Ground," to the Linn County (KS) News in addition to maintaining two Internet blogs. Kastler lives with his family in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
"If all you know about Nathan Bedford Forrest is that he was 'first with the most,' you don't know the real Forrest; you need to read this book."
-Michael R. Bradley, author, Nathan Bedford Forrest's Escort and Staff
"This description of redemption shows that even the worst of sinners can be changed into trophies of God's grace."
-Rob Gallion, pastor, First Baptist Church, Ridgway, Illinois
"A must-read for those seeking redemption or for those who have found it. This book will take you on a journey that only the grace of God can give."
-Travis Yates, director, Ten-Four Ministries
Famously referred to as "that Devil" by Union general William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest is remembered by history as a fearsome yet skilled Confederate leader whose reputation has been marred by accusations of cold-blooded murder and racism. However, many may be surprised to know that the former slave trader and early member of the Ku Klux Klan eventually dedicated his life to God and became a staunch advocate for African Americans.
This spiritual biography follows Forrest from his childhood through his conversion to Christianity in 1875, revealing a humble side of the enigmatic historical figure. Focusing on the roles various individuals played in bringing the former general to Christ, details on Forrest's final years document his radical transformation from a ruthless warrior to a pious Christian.See all Editorial Reviews
Forrest was both devil (to his enemies) and, in the end, angel to those he learned to love with the love of Christ. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Highly recommend it. Gives a complete insight into the boyhood and man who later finds God and redemption.Published 9 months ago by R. Reiss
Very interesting focused discussion of the life and Christian salvation of Forrest. Nicely concise.Published 10 months ago by likesagoodmystery
This work by is endorsed and recommended by The Society of Independent Southern Historians. To view other recommended works by this reliable organization go to their website:... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Howard Ray White
Predestination and Sovereign grace expose the Pharisee in all of us. We won’t “bad” people to “really get it good and hard,” but then God saves them. This offends many. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jacob
This is the only book I have ever returned for a refund. I found the idea of Forest being redeemed intriguing but my idea of redemption and the author's are quite different. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Denis Moir
That I have to spend time writing a review for something, the chances are that I won't even leave feedback. Stars should be enough.Published 20 months ago by Ruth
From a savage warrior to a gentle and loving Christian, the life story of Nathan Bedford Forrest is perhaps one of the most inspiring ever told. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Jimbo
NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST'S REDEMPTION
REVERAND SHANE E. KASTLER
PELICAN PRESS, 2010
HARDCOVER, $23. Read more