Book Review: Alabama’s Redemption by Hale Meserow
Before Rosa Parks, MLK and JFK there was Alabama Denton. He fought bravely and tirelessly in World War II, distinguishing himself as a bona fide hero. Yet when he came home, it was not to ticker-tape parades and adoring cheers, but to the icy grip of Segregation. He was not permitted to sit in the front of the bus alongside, nor drink from the same water fountain as the people he risked his life to protect. If he encountered a man on the street with whom he had fought in the trenches, perhaps a man whose life he had saved, there would be no warm embrace or even a handshake. The most Alabama dared do was cast his eyes downward and nod in the man’s direction.
There wasn’t just one Alabama Denton, but thousands of Buffalo Soldiers returning from foreign wars. Their hopes and dreams were simple–get a job, buy some land, find a wife, raise a family. Instead they faced crushing prejudice and the threat of torture and death throughout their lives. Segregation, the enemy he faces on American soil, is every bit as evil as the one he faced an ocean away, but this enemy is sanctioned by Bible Belt Christians and wraps itself in the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag.
Alabama’s Redemption, by Hale Meserow, is the story of racial segregation in America, but it’s also a powerful tale of faith, character, perseverance and romance. In the end he meets his greatest enemy and finds his greatest love.
Here’s what one reader had to say:
“I loved that story. I couldn’t stop reading it. I started last night and quit about 11:15, way past my bedtime. I loved it because it gave glory to the Lord. I loved it because it was about unconditional love, of a man for a woman, of a man for a child, for a father-in-law for a son-in-law, of a white lady of high stature for a black man of simple character. It had all the ingredients of real life with real life problems, and a real life God. I cried. I laughed. And I appreciated it. I thought at one time it was putting God too far off, that the characters were too shallow to grasp even the simple messages of the Word such as God’s ways are higher than ours, but I was wrong and the story eventually destroyed all possible criticisms, and I am not a truly generous person. They should make a movie of it and get real exposure to the world. I feel part of the family of Alabama.” Robert Burkhart, Seattle, Washington
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