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Through the ages, Christians have communicated to the world through written works of art. The pen, the typewriter, the computer, or the laptop would crank out words that had the reader witness the beauty of a romantic world, the horrors of war, the wonder of nature, the suspenseful mysteries, or the heart stopping feats of valor.
The authors are countless but we will read about their lives and their stories. Their contributions to society are immortalized in their works.
Lewis (Lew) Wallace
Lewis Wallace (April 10, 1827 – February 15, 1905) was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana. Among his novels and biographies, Wallace is best known for his historical adventure story, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880), a bestselling novel that has been called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."
"In 1876, former Civil War General Lew Wallace and other Union veterans were on a train on their way to a soldiers reunion. A man who, like Lew, was also a lawyer, invited him to a conversation. That man, Robert Ingersoll, was also America’s best-known atheist. Lew would later describe Mr. Ingersoll’s command of that discussion: “He vomited forth ideas and arguments like an intellectual volcano.” Lew returned to his sleeping berth ashamed of his inability to articulate his views in favor of the Christian faith. That would change. Within a few years, Lew would write the novel Ben-Hur." - William E. Richardson