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5.0 out of 5 stars This man would be STONED today, June 10, 2010
This review is from: Autobiography of Peter Cartwright (Paperback)
Peter Cartwright would be stoned to death today.

That was my recurring thought while reading this magnificent book.

Cartwright was a man of God who preached Christ and him crucified. This book outlines decades of his ministerial works throughout the frontier of the United States. I find this book helpful on many fronts:

1. History of the United States and the Frontier

This book presents very detailed information concerning life on the American frontier. Cartwright speaks at length of traveling on horseback, walking miles, fording rivers, wading through the snow etc. as he brings the Gospel to villages scattered about. He details information about common time highway robbers and the cultural oddities of his day. Cartwright thought it was normal to find a cabin in the woods with no one at home and simply walked in, ate some of their food, slept and went on his way. That was normal cultural practice then. Very interesting to say the least.

2. Slavery

This book addresses the views of the Abolitionists and Slave Owners and presents them both in bad light. Contrary to the stories of heroism concerning the Underground Railroad and Abolitionism, Cartwright (who is vehemently against the evil of slavery), details the evils of the abolitionists and their hindrance to freeing slaves in a peaceful manner. It is absolutely shocking to read a first hand account of what abolitionism was doing in his day. Over and over again he warned that if a better route wasn't taken, a civil war would erupt. Sadly, he was right.

3. Biographical Information on Others

Cartwright interacted with some very important people of his day. He rebukes General Andrew Jackson in a meeting and calls him a "very wicked man." He confronts Joseph Smith of "diabolical Mormon" fame and shows what a hypocrite and lawless apostate that Smith was. Cartwright deals with every major figure of early American Methodism as well.

4. Ministerial Advice

This book is incredible in the gems a preacher will find. Cartwright baptized over 10,000 people personally and that wasn't through easy conversion "repeat after me" prayers. It was under hell fire, conscience assaulting preaching and calls to holiness. Cartwright had no music leader, NO PEWS in services, wore plain clothes like the Quakers or Mennonites, had nothing of the modern gimmicks and yet he and the other like minded Methodists converted 5% of the American population in few few years. Our modern methods have failed because we forsook the old paths. Cartwright was so bold and on fire for God that he won souls everywhere under the most bizarre circumstances. He would be stoned to death by 99% of churches in America today. For that reason alone the book is worth reading.

Buy this book, get ready for a long reading experience and enjoy it.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2013 11:47:09 PM PST
Peter Cartwright is one of my ancestors on my paternal grandmother's side. I recall my dad telling us on several occasions that we were related to Peter Cartwright who was a political opponent of Abraham Lincoln. Being young, it didn't mean a whole lot to me. After my dad passed in 2011 I started researching my ancestors. I was shocked to find out about Peter's preaching. Somehow, that was never mentioned. Just ordered the book and am excited to read it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013 5:05:52 AM PST
That is wonderful! I think Peter Cartwright was right on about slavery - he was warning that the radical abolitionists would cause a civil war... he was right. He tells about the plans of wiser men who also believed in freeing the slaves but wanted to do so in a responsible manner where they were given life skills to survive when they were released. I bet you will greatly enjoy this book. Are you a Christian?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013 8:16:34 AM PST
Yes, I absolutely am a Christian. I would really like to track the lineage back to Peter Cartwright.
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