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New Machen Book : Letters from the Front

In J. Gresham Machen on 04/06/2012 at 12:51

Just received today our copy for the PCA Historical Center’s research library. Dr. Barry Waugh has compiled, transcribed and edited for publication J. Gresham Machen’s correspondence from the first World War. On first glance, this looks like a great read. No hagiography here, this collection of Machen’s correspondence offers readers an opportunity to see a previously unseen side of the man, his true haracter and the reality of his ministry in the trenches. Dr. Waugh has previously written an interesting article on another aspect of Machen’s life and ministry, “Mr. Machen’s Protege”, which appeared in The Westminster Theological Journal, 71.1 (Spring 2009): 21-51.

Letters from the Front : J. Gresham Machen’s Correspondence from World War I. 
Transcribed and edited by Barry Waugh.
Philipsburg, NJ : P&R Publishing, 2012.  xxvi, 342 p.; 23 cm.
ISBN : 978-1-59638-479-8

Table of Contents :
Foreword by Peter A. Lillback
Preface by Barry Waugh
Introduction
Conventions Use in the Letter Transcriptions
1.  “Over There” [January 22 to February 10, 1918]
2.  At Le Foyer du Soldat, St. Mard [February 14 to March 2, 1918]
3.  Adjusting to the War, the “Y”, and Monsieur Pia [March 7 to 18, 1918]
4.  A New Assignment at Missy-sur-Aisne [March 23 to April 7, 1918]
5.  A River of Hot Chocolate Flowing at Missy-sur-Aisne [April 12 to May 6, 1918]
6.  War Is Declared on the Rats [May 14 to 26, 1918]
7.  The Germans Are Coming—Sudden Evacuation from Missy-sur-Aisne [May 29 to June 13, 1918]
8.  A “Hut” in the American YMCA [June 20 to July 16, 1918]
9.  The “Y Man of Pexonne” [July 22 to September 7, 1918]
10. Continuing “Y” Service in Several Locations [September 14 to November 6, 1918]
11. The War Is Over! [November 14 to December 5, 1918]
12. The “Religious Work” [December 17, 1918 to January 5, 1919]
13. A Review of Past Locations and More “Y” Work [January 5 to February 7, 1919]
14. Going Home! [February 12 to March 2, 1919]
15. Letters Written in French Received by J. Gresham Machen [June 5, 1918 to January 13, 1919]
Some Closing Thoughts
Glossary of People, Plays, Literature, and Other
Words of Interest
Index of Subjects and Names

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  1. Wayne, Can you give us a back story on this book? I was not aware of this portion of Machen’s life.

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