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Sergeant York (Christian Encounters Series)

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Growing up in the Tennessee hills, Alvin York was equally renowned as a marksman and as a hard-drinking brawler. A dramatic New Year's conversion convinced him that killing was against God's will, and yet this shy, big-boned mountaineer singlehandedly dispatched...


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Growing up in the Tennessee hills, Alvin York was equally renowned as a marksman and as a hard-drinking brawler. A dramatic New Year's conversion convinced him that killing was against God's will, and yet this shy, big-boned mountaineer singlehandedly dispatched two dozen Germans and captured 132 in the closing days of World War I. He earned the Medal of Honor and a ticker tape parade but refused to cash in on his fame, insisting ?Uncle Sam's uniform ain?t for sale.?


This succinct and gripping new account of Sgt. York's remarkable life includes details from exclusive interviews with the sergeant's three surviving children and information drawn from battlefield eyewitness reports and original film studio archives: fresh reminders of the legacy of one of America's great Christian patriots.


We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences, their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through prose as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody, Sergeant York, Saint Nicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are now living in the world that they created and understand both it and ourselves better in the light of their lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires uniquely illuminate our shared experience.

^renowned as a marksman and as a hard-drinking brawler. A dramatic New Year's conversion^convinced him that killing was against God's will, and yet this shy, big-boned^mountaineer singlehandedly dispatched two dozen Germans and captured 132 in the^closing days of World War I. He earned the Medal of Honor and a ticker tape^parade but refused to cash in on his fame, insisting "Uncle Sam's uniform ain't^for sale."

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This succinct and gripping new account of Sgt. York's remarkable^life includes details from exclusive interviews with the sergeant's three^surviving children and information drawn from battlefield eyewitness reports and^original film studio archives: fresh reminders of the legacy of one of America's^great Christian patriots.

^^
We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences,^their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds.^Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers,^highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through prose^as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are familiar faces.^Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody, Sergeant York, Saint^Nicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are now living in the world^that they created and understand both it and ourselves better in the light of^their lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires uniquely^illuminate our shared experience.

It was a bitter-cold morning on October 8, 1918. Six hundred American soldiers were surrounded by the German army near the Argonne Forest in France. Corporal Alvin York???s unit was ordered out of the trenches and into battle against an enemy armed with machine guns. York was eventually pinned down among his dead and injured comrades. What happened next was a feat of bravery and military skill that would amaze his countrymen, change his life, and etch his place in the history books. Born in a two-room log cabin in the hills of northern Tennessee, York was a bona fide backwoodsman who had taken numerous prizes at turkey shoots back home. His marksmanship served him well that morning in WWI. By the time he reached the U.S. position, York and his few remaining companions were marshaling a parade of 132 enemy soldiers. His feat knocked the wind out of a planned German counterattack. Not bad for a former conscientious objector. In this Christian Encounters biography, learn more about York???s struggles with being a Christian and a soldier and how this simple man showed a nation the meaning of the word hero.

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John Perry

John Perry is a biographer and has written books on contemporary politics, religion, and sports. Previously he was a writer and producer of internationally syndicated radio specials and an award-winning advertising copywriter. Perry graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University and completed additional studies at University College, Oxford. He lives with his wife and two children in Nashville.

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