HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: “Book, Chapter, and Verse”: The Sermons and Sayings of Floyd Thompson
Author: Ruth Thompson, editor
Cover Illustrator: Royce P. Bell
Publisher: Privately Printed, 1988
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Thompson, Ruth, editor. “Book, Chapter, and Verse”: The Sermons and Sayings of Floyd Thompson (published privately in 1988 by Ruth Thompson, P. O. Box 773, Dallas, OR 97338). William Floyd Thompson was born on Apr. 5, 1910, in Hughes County, OK, and grew up in Holdenville and Shawnee, OK. In 1931, he married Ruth from Long Beach, CA, who was visiting friends in Shawnee. A honeymoon in California convinced them that they eventually wanted to live in that state. Back in Oklahoma, Floyd began preaching for the Mt. Zion church near Shawnee, but they moved to Orange, CA, in 1934. Floyd went to school at George Pepperdine College. Beginning in 1935, he started labor with the Southside church in Santa Ana, CA, and in 1955 moved with a peaceful swarm to help form a new work known as the Fairview church in Garden Grove, where he continued until his death in 1984.
Shortly before his untimely death, Floyd asked his wife of five decades to compile from his notes and recorded sermons a volume. Normally, I would not include for review here books that are solely religious in nature, such as a collection of sermons, but shortly after it was published, Ruth sent me a copy, even though I had never met either Floyd or her, and asked what I thought. As I read it, I found that it has some good material in it. Recently, I came across my copy while looking for something else in my library. After Forewords by Ruth, Homer Hailey, Dee Bowman, and Brent Lewis, and a brief biographical sketch, it has 34 sermons that are full length but relatively short since Floyd was not reputed to be a long-winded preacher. Each sermon is followed with some interesting observations by Floyd and others. The book closes with a special photo section, “Thompson’s Table Talks” consisting of short illustrations used by Floyd while teaching “across the table” in a class or a home, and a scripture index.