Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
As part of my research for Hiram's Heart, I have just read Stephen Mansfield's Lincoln's Battle With God. According to Mansfield, Abraham Lincoln had a journey from an immature believer, to skeptic and non-believer to what Mansfield allows, with some room for mystery, was a mature faith and a belief in Christianity. In many ways, I think this parallels my Civil War ancestor's journey from a young man brought up in the church, through the horrors of the Civil War and Andersonville, to his return home and struggles with how he could believe in a God who allowed this to happen to him. I enjoyed this well-written, easy to read and engrossing book. I hope it gives me material for writing a third book in the Civil War trilogy of my ancestor's experiences in the Civil War.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The stress of the presidency and the Civil War shows on Abraham Lincoln (1858 and 1865). No president quoted the Bible more yet his religious views are complex and controversial. My ancestor Private Terman, after having survived the Civil War and 17 months a prisoner of war (including Andersonville) also exhibited signs of emotional distress and struggles of faith in his pension file documents. I am working on a third book in my account of Hiram's Civil War experiences tentatively entitled Hiram's Heart: To The Shining Shore.
This book would complete a trilogy--- Hiram's Honor, Hiram's Hope, and Hiram's Heart. Since Abraham Lincoln was a model of faith for many Civil War veterans, I am exploring how Lincoln's and my ancestor's struggles to understand God's purposes in their lives and the Civil War might be part of a post-Civil War novel.
To read about Abraham Lincoln's faith, see Mark Noll's article at: