With a willing suspension of 20th century attitudes, Miss Winslow intuits the world and direction of this ""Apostle to the Indians"" from clues as to the tumult and change within rapidly expanding communities: the organic adjustments of a theocracy bound to an orthodoxy which, at the time of Eliot's death in 1690, was already eroding; the violence and brutality latent in the colonists' attitude toward the Indians, tragically climaxed in King Philip's War. ""A very simple man"" who affirmed in his fifty-eight year ministry his belief in the sacred existence of the Indian's soul. Eliot not only translated the Bible into the Algonquin language, but set up Indian towns and churches, encouraged schooling. However, his efforts were not particularly appreciated by most of his contemporaries, and Eliot's ""Praying Indians"" suffered. The author brilliantly recreates the trial of Anne Hutchinson in which Eliot participated and the work of Ias Casas, another ""Apostle"" in the West Indies, as other pulsebeats to Eliot's times. Humane scholarship form the Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of Jonathan Edwards.