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Mr. Jones, Meet The Master, and, A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall

July 9, 2012

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.[1]

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.[2]

 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.


Pat Garcia

[1] Text, A  Mighty Fortress by Martin Luther

[2] ZONDERVAN. New International Version. (1984 Edition)  Colossians 3:17

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  1. My wish list is getting longer. 🙂


    • My Dear Linnea,
      I know the feeling. There are so many books that I want to read. Now that I am also reading the blogs of the people I subscribed to, not only is the list getting shorter but my nights are getting shorter also.
      I wish you a great day to day.


  2. susanscottsa permalink

    Thanks Patricia .. I am encouraged to get at least one of those books.. which wld you recommend as the first one? I will see if it is available on Kindle.


    • Hello My Dear Susan,
      Thank you for reading my book review. I really appreciate your comments and your time and effort.
      Mr. Jones Meet The Master is a book of some of his sermons. They are by no means boring. In fact, I find them to be captivating, even today. So, I would read that first.
      Take care, My Dear.


  3. Patricia, I learn so much from you. I love to read your blogs. I had heard of Peter Marshall, but really didn’t know anything about him. I’m adding those books to my “gotta read” list, too.
    I’ll just bet they are in my church library! 🙂


    • Hi Peggy,
      Thank you. If you would like to see the original movie of A Man Called Peter, please go to the internet on your computer. It is offered there free of charge because the movie came out in 1955.
      I am sure you will enjoy it. Also Mr. Jones, Meet The Master is simply fantastic. Peter Marshall wa truly a man with a mission from God.
      Thank once again.


  4. Linda halpin permalink

    Oh Patricia…
    You really are a true professional. I love reading your words.
    And I love all the passion you put in every sentence
    I’m especially happy to call you my friend ,

    Love from the United States, New York City


    • My Dear Linda,
      Thank you so much. You are also a true professional and it is a joy knowing you.
      You are in my thoughts and my heart.


  5. Patricia ~ This sounds wonderful. You are adding to my list of books to read with every post. Thanks. ~ Peggy


    • Hello Peggy,
      Thank you and i hope you will find the time to read some of her books. I don’t believe you will regret it.
      Much luck with finishing up your book project.


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