(I have received a free copy of this book for the purpose of this review)
The book in question is heavy reading and you will need to be prepared to do some work. I was interested in the subject matter as I have come through a denomination that still fits it to the description of victorian ethics and lifestyle practices. What you wear, who you associate with and the grape juice in the cup are still important. Once I got through the heavy reading, I really appreciated the historical journey which brought me up until the modern day. I would have appreciated some more commentary than was given on the last 50-100 years on this issue in the UMC. Many of the congregations I have experienced still live with the struggles lifted up in this book. I would encourage any serious scholar or student of the church to give this book a shot, just don't use it for bed-time reading. If I am able, I will go into more detail on my critique in my next post.
Tim Edin writing from Sandyville, WV