Religion: Encouragement for Mary

Every schoolboy can place Roger Williams in worldly history as the founder of Rhode Island. He was also a most otherworldly American. In 1652, he published a little book entitled Experiments of Spiritual Life and Health, which contains some of the most beautiful devotional passages ever written by an American. Long forgotten, the book has now been reprinted with an essay by Baptist Historian Winthrop S. Hudson (Westminster; $2).

Roger Williams wrote this little book as a letter of encouragement to his wife Mary. She had been sick during Williams' long absences (living...

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