Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Writing the book changed his
Though he was son of the Gov. of Indiana, the boy was often thrashed by his
schoolmaster for truancy. Yet he loved to read books. With his father's encouragement, he
left home at age 16. In search of fame and glory, he formed a military unit and headed into
the war with Mexico of 1846. In his haste, he failed the bar exam but passed it on his
return. By 1862, he attained the rank of Lt. Gen. in the Civil War, soon thereafter leading
6500 men into battle IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. His 1st novel was published in 1873. His next
novel arose out of boyhood fascination with The Three Wise Men of the Bible...but the
manuscript lay fallow until 1876. As newly appointed Gov. of the New Mexico Territory, he was
en route by train to Indianapolis when he encountered the infamous agnostic, R. G. Ingersoll.
"Do you believe in God, the devil, the afterlife, or heaven and hell?" he asked Ingersoll.
Two hours later, drained by the agnostic's exposition of his own convictions, this military
general...this territorial governor...found his thoughts in turmoil. Shaken out of his
religious indifference by the exchange, he retrieved the manuscript and wrote
Judah: A Tale of the Christ. On the market in 1880, it sold for $1.50
under the title of Ben-Hur. In 1959 it was released as an MGM movie staring Charlton Heston.
Gen. Lew Wallace stated that the writing of that book brought him to accept the claims of
Jesus and, shortly thereafter, committing his life to
***give me your comments about this
[reposted 17 Jan. 2002]
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now