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Book: Works of Elder B. W. Stone, to Which Is Added a Few Discourses and Sermons
Author: James M. Mathes
Publisher: The Old Paths Book Club, republished in 1953
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)
Recommended reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Mathes, James M. Works of Elder B. W. Stone, to Which Is Added a Few Discourses and Sermons (published in 1859 by Moore, Wilstach, Keys and Co. Printers, 25 W. 4th St., Cincinnati, OH; republished in 1953 by The Old Paths Book Club, P. O. Box V, Rosemead, CA). Barton Warren Stone was born on Dec. 24, 1772, near Port Tobacco in Charles County, MD. He was converted by the preaching of James McGready, received a license from the Presbyterians to preach in 1796, moved to Kentucky, married in 1801, and participated in the great Cane Ridge revival, but fell out with the existing Presbyterian organization over various matters of their doctrine which he could not find in the Scriptures and with five others organized the independent Springfield Presbytery. However, they decided to withdraw from the Presbyterians completely in 1804 by signing the well-known Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery. After that, his life was dedicated to preaching only a return to the apostolic order of things as revealed in the Scriptures. In 1832, Stone met with Alexander Campbell, and the two determined that they were both preaching the same thing, so they achieved a union in their efforts. Stone continued his evangelistic work until his death in Hannibal, MO, on Nov. 9, 1844.
This book, Works of Elder B. W. Stone, came to me from my grandfather, also a gospel preacher, and I read it many years ago. There are eleven chapters. Chapter 1 is a general biographical sketch of Barton Warren Stone focusing on his early life. Chapter 2 consists of the Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery. Chapter 3 tells of Stone’s immersion. Chapter 4 chronicles his removal to Illinois and his death. Chapters 5 through 10 contain addresses, interviews, lectures, sermons, and articles all by Stone. Chapter 11 presents some final material by the compiler, James Madison Mathes. Someone noted that it is listed as “Volume I,” but no one has ever seen a “Volume II.” The book would probably not appeal to a very large audience, but those interested in religious history, especially that of what is commonly called “the restoration movement,” should find it valuable.