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That Printer of Udell's

That Printer of Udell s Decidedly interesting The New York Times A thoroughly good novel The Boston GlobeDick Falkner s childhood consisted of poverty and abuse from an alcoholicfather Recognizing his life for what it was h

  • Title: That Printer of Udell's
  • Author: Harold Bell Wright
  • ISBN: 9781565541214
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Paperback
  • Decidedly interesting The New York Times A thoroughly good novel The Boston GlobeDick Falkner s childhood consisted of poverty and abuse from an alcoholicfather Recognizing his life for what it was, he ran away from his home, but hecould not run away from all of his problems.Sixteen years later he found himself hungry of body and empty of spirit in asmall Midwester Decidedly interesting The New York Times A thoroughly good novel The Boston GlobeDick Falkner s childhood consisted of poverty and abuse from an alcoholicfather Recognizing his life for what it was, he ran away from his home, but hecould not run away from all of his problems.Sixteen years later he found himself hungry of body and empty of spirit in asmall Midwestern town He was determined to make something of himself and tonot be controlled by alcohol.Initially, he finds no help in this so called Christian town Eventually, heis taken in by George Udell, a local publisher and a kind hearted man GeorgeUdell gives the young man a job, and something important spiritualsupport Through hard work and Christian morals, the man who becomes known as that printer of Udell s rises above his past to a new life withGod, inspiring those around him along the way.As in Wright s The Shepherd of the Hills and The Callingof Dan Matthews, both also published by Pelican, good deeds and astrong belief in God form the basis for a happy life, no matter what the past.

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    1. Missy on said:

      This is the book Reagan regarded as the most influential novel for his life. It is a story of practical Christianity written by a pastor in the form of chapters to be read on Sundays. Because it was formatted to be a concise story for the week, it loses something as a novel, but it still is a helpful and convicting book.

    2. Eyebright on said:

      My SynopsisThat Printer of Udell's follows the path of young Dick Falkner, whose mother is dead and whose father is a drunk. From a very young age, he makes his own way in the world, until he finds himself looking for work among the "kind" Christian people of Boyd City.Unfortunately, their hypocrisy is all too clear to him; they go to church and nod their heads as the pastor preaches goodwill to all men, but their lives reflect that of self-centered socialites. Disgusted, he applies for work fro [...]

    3. SailingByAshBreeze on said:

      Another very good book revealing the journey of a man growing in greatness. The side stories along the way reinforced all lessons learned through our main character's trials and successes. Could be one of those thought/idea changing books for some. Reminded me of In His Steps by Charles Sheldon; another must read with the same theme. I appreciated the author's technique of not telling every detail, but using subtle innuendos. He was so subtle in painting a picture that at times you needed to re- [...]

    4. Stevie Hine on said:

      Harold Bell Wright was a brilliant critic of the church a century before the likes of Kinneman (unChristian), Platt (Radical), and Idleman (Not a Fan). His ability to diagnose hypocrisy and pretension in the common church through his works of fiction is incredibly refreshing, and his heroes and heroines are always well developed and awe inspiring as examples. But HBW is hit or miss as far as the literary value of his stories go. "The Shepherd of the Hills" was a story of naturalistic beauty and [...]

    5. James on said:

      Had high hopes for this book. This was Ronald Reagan's favorite book. Turns out it's a cross between Tom Sawyer and an evangelical text. The characters are presented without great depth, and I'm not sure the accents are that authentic, either. Basically, a Horatio Alger story draped over a church life commentary. It's a morality play, where evil doers are never quite given believable motivations, and the evils of drink are way over-wrought. I sorta see why Reagan liked it, but am not sure that i [...]

    6. Laura on said:

      This is my second favorite book (behind Fields of Fire.) This book most accurately illustrates Christianity, as it was meant to be practiced, while simultaneously illustrating exactly how it sometimes goes so wrong. I first read it because I heard it was Ronald Reagan's favorite, and was curious. It turned out to be my second favorite book of all time (and in close competition with my first favorite.) The picture it draws is just so perfectly accurate. Oh, and this book has one of the best examp [...]

    7. Kit on said:

      My husband's grandma owns an antique shop and gave me this book that was published in 1902-1903. So I'm excited to read it.It is about a Gentleman named Dick who runs into some bad luck and ends up homeless and searching for a job. Back then if you didn't have a job and were homeless you were considered a tramp. After finally finding a printing job; which is his trade. He is finding out more and more that the Churchs aren't living up to what they are preaching. As he becomes a person who is work [...]

    8. Janetkc7wvy on said:

      This book has really made me think: am I truly a Christian? This is a story of a young man Dick Falkner who down on his luck and starving comes to a town of many churchs hoping to get a meal. He is not begging is willing to work for it however he is turned away by all the good Christian people and called a tramp. A non-Christian takes him in, feeds him, and gives him a job. He proves to be a good and skilled worker.I understand this is the first book that Harold Bell Wright wrote. President Reag [...]

    9. Ariel C. on said:

      I really enjoy how Harold Bell Wright illustrated the uncaring attitude that many Christians have for their fellow man as well as showing practical ways to care for others in this story. It was reprinted under the name The Least Of These My Brothers, and some of the ideas I shared from this story became the foundation of an actual study room created by a good friend of mine. The general idea was to provide a place were all were welcome to study, talk, sing, play, eat, drink, and most importantly [...]

    10. Chuck Engelhardt on said:

      I chose to read this book because Ronald Reagan mentioned it as being very influencial in in his life. I can see some of its lessons in his political policies, but was honestly a bit disappointed in the book. The book presents issues in the church and calls for action to make a difference in the world, but does so with characters who are not very well developed at all. Characters seem to suddenly be something they were not without explanation and certain apparently defining events go nowhere. I [...]

    11. Shannon McDermott on said:

      A well-written novel, old enough to be historically interesting, that examines the mission and failures of the Christian church. There are, you may be sure, didactic passages. The story is cleverly woven, with powerful and intriguing moments; its intensity, towards the end, belies the quiet first half of the book and becomes, once or twice, rather too grim. The author's skill and the window into a gone time raise the book to four stars.

    12. Rachel on said:

      I chose to read this because President Reagan considered it to be one of the most impactful books in his experience. I find out to be the same. Wright uses a fiction format to present the concept of "true religion" and the dichotomy between the church response and the community response to the needs of undesirable people. The writing is of excellent quality, and the concepts are challenging and convicting. I'm buying a paperback version to encourage my family to read it.

    13. Pam Gowen on said:

      I found this book a pleasant read and was interested in it after I read somewhere that it was the book that Ronald Reagan wrote had changed his life. I didn't realize until after I was finished that it was one of his mother's books and he read it when he was 11. Because his life was similar to the main characters' circumstances to some degree, it made a big impact on him and he in turn, made a decision that is, in fact, a life changing one.

    14. Brandi on said:

      ♡One of my top 20 most favorite books ♡This is one of the books Ronald Reagan said influenced him most in his life. It is the story of a young man who comes into town as virtually a beggar and becomes a very influential man in the community and in the church. He does not agree with the church's ways though seeing that its people are mostly hypocrites, but he does believe in Christianity wholeheartedly and he changes the whole city for the better through his Christlike beliefs AND actions.

    15. Amber Spencer on said:

      This book was not what I expected. It took me a little while to get into it, but then held my attention. It is about the difference between belonging to a church and actually being a Christian in action, word and thought. "The change that comes to the individual who applies Christ's teaching to his daily life." I'm grateful for that change I've felt in my own life.

    16. Madeline Rose on said:

      This was a very interesting story! I really liked the writing style, surprisingly. I didn't think I would like it because at first it sounded stuffy and descriptive. But I really did like it. The characters were wonderful! Dick is a great role model and I really loved his character. It's a great read if you're looking for something historical fiction-ish. Plus it has great morals.4/5.

    17. Kyle on said:

      This is one of the most impactful, interesting books I have ever read. I enjoyed the story but enjoyed the message even more. There is a lot for the Christian to think about in reading this. Society, the poor, and the church faced many of the same problems 100 years ago as we do now. I give this book my highest recommendation.

    18. Sarah on said:

      This book was great! I LOVED the story line. The call to Christian living was beautiful. It reminded me of "In His Steps," But "That Printer of Udell's" was more practical and real. P.S. The Lamplighter copy of the book is one of the most beautiful book covers that I have ever seen.* This book deals with some pretty low parts of society and I would be careful of letting a young child read it.

    19. Quin on said:

      Harold Bell Wright's tale of a region's treatment of those less fortunate than most, was very well written. The characters were also well developed. If you're at all squeamish about the "N"-word, it is mentioned a few times at the end.

    20. Emily L on said:

      I love this book, having read several times an original 1902 edition that was in our house growing up. I recently came across the beautiful leather-bound reprint by Lamplighter, and couldn't pass it up.

    21. Katie on said:

      I had never heard of this book before until my Book Club decided to read it. I loved it! It does a great job of illustrating hypocrisy in upper places and much of the themes are still VERY relevant to today. A great, easy read!

    22. Cindy on said:

      Though this is a very old book, the topics cover through this novel are very contemporary. The story was gripping and caused me to reflect on whether my beliefs were only in my head or lived out in my actions. I highly recommend this book.

    23. Bonnie on said:

      apparently this was ronald reagan's favorite book.i really like HBW's 2nd book, so i thought i'd give his 1st a try.possibly liked this BETTER than his 2nd book - presents an interesting moral/religious dilemma.

    24. Devonne West on said:

      A fiction book where the main theme is the hypocrisy of Christians & how the world views someone that is Christ-like vs. someone that is a Christian. Being Christ-like requires ACTION, not just being. That action goes further than just praying, believing, & going to church.

    25. Karen on said:

      Started reading this book and it is good. However, too many stressful situations in my life right now with our neighbors that I couldn't keep my attention on the book. I'm putting it down for now but will definitely return to itb 10/12/16

    26. Kent on said:

      Read the first time 3 years ago. Reminds me of Sheldon's In His Steps. My edition contains a letter President Reagan penned to the author's widow, telling her of the transformative impact this particular novel had on him as a young man.

    27. Tirzah Eleora on said:

      I read this book a while back when a friend lent it to me. I was intrigued about it, as it was one of Ronald Reagan's favourite books and it had a recommendation from him. It started out fairly well, but ultimately I found it tedious and didactic, and Wright's writing skills are rather lacking.

    28. Shelby Stafford on said:

      the book that Ronald Reagan said had the a big impact on his life. wonderful book, republished by Lamplighter Ministries

    29. Rich McNeill on said:

      If you like In His Footsteps by Sheldon I think you'll enjoy this one too. Fictional - yes, maybe but very encouraging how one person can affect so many others has always intrigued me.

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