Saturday, October 18, 2008

Book Review by author Donna Dawson

Reverend Ed Hird’s book The Battle for the Soul of Canada (ISBN 0978202201) is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. It doesn’t really have a category so I won’t confine it by trying to assign one. Written in an easy-to-read style, Reverend Hird’s book satisfies me on several spiritual levels.
There is the intellectual side of it—the history lessons. Too often we forget about the history of Christianity in Canada to our own demise. Reverend Hird has brought the history of faith in our country to the forefront of this book but he’s done so much more. He has woven solution to our present day ills into each page by reminding us of those who have blazed the spiritual trail before us.
Sometimes, as I read, I couldn’t help but wonder where he was leading. After all, what does a shuffleboard court in a Vancouver park have to do with Canadian hockey and—well—faith in Christ? Reverend Hird can tell you quite capably in this fascinating book. He continues to throw out tidbits of our nation’s past and its relevance to Christianity. I am amazed at how often we take for granted places, events and blessings that are ours only because of a past Canadian’s walk with God and I am bluntly reminded of my carelessness in The Battle for the Soul of Canada.
This book would be an interesting read if Reverend Hird stopped at simply reminding us of our faith heritage but he goes one step further and shows us examples of how we can make a difference in our nation’s spiritual health. Bravo, Reverend Hird, for opening our eyes to our own identity as a country and as believers of Christ.
Donna Dawson
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