Mr. Jones, Meet The Master, and, A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
I had just turned ten years old when I saw the film, A Man Called Peter. The biography, of Peter Marshall, written by Catherine Marshall told of a young Scottish immigrant, who migrated to the United States with fifty dollars in his pocket, and later became the most well-known Chaplain of the United States’ Senate, while pastoring the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Washington D.C., the church home of Abraham Lincoln. The film, as well as the book, ended with his death. To see the movie on television was a dramatic experience for me, and unknowingly, the film would impact my life.
Ten years later, I again ran into Catherine Marshall. I was skimming through a bookstore, and saw Mr. Jones, Meet The Master, a book of sermons, which had been edited by her and the book, A Man Called Peter, which she had written. I had enough money to either eat at the university cafeteria or buy the two books. I decided to skip the meal and buy the books.
Catherine Marshall’s writing style fascinated me, because it was unique. She had discovered her voice and an art of writing that easily drew her readers into her life. I felt like I was there as she struggled, putting together the first book of her husband’s sermons in Mr. Jones, Meet The Master, after his death––a book that stayed on the New York’s Bestseller list for twenty-five years. Each sermon chosen is timeless and applies to today, as well as to the time when Peter Marshall stood in his pulpit and rendered it.
In the book, A Man Call Peter, she paints a picture of the Scotsman, who became a citizen of the United States after leaving his beloved country, Scotland––a man who loved life and believed in giving his all in whatever he did. There was no such thing as doing something lackadaisically. He truly lived out the famous verse written by Paul
- Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
The biography of Peter Marshall, as recorded by his wife, is not mushy and dreamy-eyed. No, in reading about the man, you get a better picture of him, because she pointed out with utter frankness and good taste, how his relationship with God shaped the man he was. For Peter Marshall, life was not life without God.
Both books, Mr. Jones, Meet The Master and A Man Called Peter, written by Catherine Marshall are excellent reading, and I highly recommend them.
 Text, A Mighty Fortress by Martin Luther