State history, day by day

Chuck Henderson

By A Contributor

With his third episode of the “On This Day” series of daily devotionals, Paul Barkey has once again produced a truly fine and wonderfully readable blend of Scriptural meditations, historical people, events and episodes with his own thought-provoking commentary and observations.

The book covers locations from Atchison to Dodge City, Goodland to Baxter Springs, from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Riley, Ft. Hays to Ft. Scott, with visits to Forts Atkinson, Harker, Larned, Mann, Wallace and Zarah.

From hard-scrabble preachers and pioneers to governors, generals and presidents — such as Fillmore , Lincoln, Hoover, both Roosevelt’s, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton all appear —to farmers and laborers and colorful personalities like Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody, the Earp brothers, Carry Nation and George Washington Carver, a large range of American figures and folk heros are cited.

Manhattan and Fort Riley denizens will be further pleased to find mention of local heroes such as Walt Ehlers , John Brooks,  Bill Scott, and Watts Caudill, as well as the Konza Prairie Research Station.

From Genesis to Revelations, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the Letters to Romans, Ephesians, Hebrews and Thessalonians, nearly every book is represented in this very special narrative.

Chaplain Barkey once again demonstrates his gift at weaving all these many threads into a marvelous tapestry that challenges your ability to resist the urge to read ahead, every single day.

As with each of his previous entries in this series, I enthusiastically recommend this book. You’ll feel smarter for having read it, and you’ll be a better Christian for having absorbed its lessons!

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