FIRE AND BLACKSTONE by John R. Fry

FIRE AND BLACKSTONE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Rev. Fry is pastor of Chicago's First Presbyterian Church, and Fire and Blackstone is a collection of his sermons delivered between 1966 and 1968. There, the resemblance to a conventional religious book ends. The sermons are not the Sunday-morning variety. They are impassioned pleas for justice, for brotherhood, for understanding. More than that, they are vehement condemnations of a police-state called Mayor Daley's Chicago, and of latter-day SS groups called the Chicago Police Department who believe that the way to defend America is to violate the Constitution. Rev. Fry is a bitter man. Perhaps he has reason to be. He explains, in the introductory part of the book, what Chicago generally, and his own part of Chicago specifically, has suffered under the New Totalitarianism. If his account is accurate -- and there is every reason to believe that it is -- then bitterness, mingled with hope, and leavened by determination to change the situation, is perhaps the answer.

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1969
Publisher: Lippincott