Twice a Slave is the story of a Cherokee slave, a forbidden romance, and tragedies that build faith. One man who is determined to find his purpose and discover his identity becomes a slave a second time, and he changes the course of history in Louisiana. It would come as a surprise to the often race–tested churches of the deep–south that the man most responsible for planting Baptists west of the Mississippi River was of mixed race. Joseph Willis is one of the most fascinating, yet unknown personalities in Evangelical history. He was born into slavery before the American Revolution, the son of a Cherokee mother and an English father who faced incredible difficulties. His story is timeless and inspires the modern heart to overcome insecurities, conquer prejudice between believers, and insurmountable obstacles that unsettle the faithful. Even though Joseph's life was threatened because of his race and faith, he became the first Protestant to preach the gospel west of the Mississippi River and started the first Baptist church west of the Mississippi. This is a novel about an unknown slave filled with drama, suspense, love, defeat, and ultimately triumph, an epic all can cheer for.
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Sammy Tippit has been married to Debara “Tex” Tippit for 45 years, and they have two children and five grandchildren. He is the author of 14 books that have been translated into numerous languages. His book, The Prayer Factor, was a best-seller among Christian books in Brazil and was the first Christian book ever published in Mongolia. He’s led conferences and evangelistic meetings in over 80 nations. He’s pioneered evangelistic outreaches in some of the most difficult areas of the world and called for revival among Christian leaders. Sammy was the subject of best selling author, Jerry B. Jenkins, first book.
I received this book from TBCN in exchange for an honest review. My friend Starr, who frequently helps me review my books, had this to say:
This book is a refreshing,
historical novel based on the life of Joseph Willis. Willis was the son of a Cherokee Woman and a
white man during the late 1700’s early 1800’s.
This story takes places when slave trade was in full swing, and the
beginnings of the revolution were taking place.
Joseph Willis finds himself a slave to his own family, fighting in the
Revolution with the Patriots, and heading up an unlikely spy ring. He ends up having 4 wives (three dying before
he did) and nineteen children. During
the latter part of his life he was a
preacher in Mississippi and Louisiana.
He did a lot of missionary work and began church planting. The way the
author told this story of slavery, love, and war -completely pulled me in. It also gives a clear plan of salvation, and
sticks to the scriptures. This is a
very good book to read for history,
enjoyment, and encouragement.