It's in a vigorous, personal pulpit style far outside today's reading tastes and it is overlong due to lovingly detailed trivia, but Mr. Hewitt is a welcome visitor to an established readership of his contemporaries who have enjoyed his comfortable, conversational prose and turned some of his offerings into religious best-sellers. One of them, Steeples Among the Hills, came out of the years that he describes here. From 1908 to 1933, he and his wife lived and worked from the Old Brick Manse in Plainfield, Vermont. He arrived there to find a rundown church and a parish that demanded the maximum amount of effort for the minimum amount of pay. He had to struggle with his faith before he came to realize that the rural ministry, ""the thirteenth labor of Hercules,"" was a special calling, one that he would champion. His early book was adopted as a text in theological seminaries and into it went the growing wisdom of a dedicated, self-taught pastor who was also a moving force in Vermont state politics, especially for the establishment of educational standards. An inspirational, partial autobiography with a strong regional/denominational market.