Al DeFilippo’s Black Country: What Others are Saying
From the Methodist Community
Dr. Kenneth Kinghorn, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology and Vice President-at-Large, Asbury University: His Comment on Black Country: “This work on “America’s Bishop,” Francis Asbury, is magisterial in scope and detail… This volume is a treasure house of ‘Asburyology.’ ”
His Comment on My Work is Done: The Last Days of Bishop Francis Asbury:
“A splendid piece, Al. Very moving, indeed! I gained information that I did not know, and your writing style is excellent. Thanks, too, for the graphics. I copied the carriage picture, and I’ll add it to a PowerPoint lecture for one of my classes. Again, good work, Al. Many thanks.
I know the author of this book (Al DeFilippo) and know of the tremendous amount of work he has put into writing it. Over the past 20 years, he has painstakingly researched Francis Asbury’s life and the times during which he lived, including the religious turmoil which existed in England when Asbury grew up and preached there. Al has used the knowledge gained from his research to write an excellent account of Asbury’s early years in the historical fiction format.
Black Country covers the years from Asbury’s childhood through his days as a young circuit riding preacher in England, and ends with Asbury embarking on a ship that will take him to the American colonies a few years before the beginning of the American revolution. As Al writes about the preacher’s life, he weaves in plenty of details about England’s religious, political, and industrial history; the sights and sounds of the English towns and countryside; the lay of the land and the plants and animals; and the religious, family, social and work lives of the citizens. I feel that one of the book’s strong points is the dialogue. The language used by the characters–characters who lived in late 18th century England–and the way they express themselves sounds very believable and realistic. Character development is another strength of the book. You get a very clear sense of the type of man that Asbury was. Other characters, including his family, friends, and those he worked with, are also well-developed. The writing has the feel of authenticity. It’s as if Al has been able to step back in time and be there at Asbury’s side. If you have an interest in Asbury’s life or England’s religious history, I believe you will enjoy this book and learn much from it. It should also appeal to readers who enjoy Christian historical fiction.
By CarolynM on June 3, 2015
From the Asbury Triptych Series Website
I received this book as a Christmas present and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The research is intensive and the story line is exciting and compelling. When is “Beggar Bishop” coming out????